Dr. Thomas Wright

Phlebology
O Fallon
31 years experience male

Locations

Laser Lipo and Veins Center

O Fallon

Address

1630 Market Center Boulevard, Suite 201, O Fallon
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri

CIGNA Health Care

Coventry Health Care

UnitedHealthcare

Aetna

About

Bio

Dr. Wright was one of the first 200-plus surgeons in the nation to become a diplomate in phlebology by the American Board of Phlebology. He has authored and presented several scientific papers on surgical techniques in the treatment of venous insufficiency [the cause of varicose veins].He treats all sizes and types of vein problems from large varicose veins,to tiny spider veins and facial veins. Dr Wright also is an experienced liposuction surgeon who specializes in performing tumescent liposuction using only local anesthesia. This technique emphasizes patient safety and faster recovery over the speed of the procedure. Dr Wright is known for his high degree of patient satisfaction and compassion and has received numerous awards including the Patients Choice and Compassionate Doctor Award

Specialties
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Phlebology

Cosmetic Surgery

Internal Medicine

Doctor Q&A

996 Answers
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
No blood test: The diagnosis of tetanus is clinical . Based on history , symptoms and exam. The only way to be sure is to consult with a doctor.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Possibly: A kidney that is small from scarring or a disease process and will raise systemic blood pressure to perfuse itself. However kidney size varies and on... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
No: No, you can't overdo them. It will help tighten.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Not to worry: Visible veins can be just because your skin is fair which is normal. They also can be come more visible as the skin ages or from sun damage. Rarely v... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
YES: Coronary arteries and veins appear very differently. Coronary arteries thick walled have a whitish to pink color and are larger than coronary veins. ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Hormones: Most women have some facial hair. Factors such a genetics or ethnicity play a role and hormonal changes also drive facial hair growth. Hormonal condit... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Yes: There is moderate soreness for 3-5 days , and some soreness that lasts for a couple more weeks or so.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Yes : Yes arms sleeves for lymphedema arm one of the most important parts of the management of the condition.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
No : It is not advised.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Sugar and water: If you have burnt on sugar, simply fill the pan partway with water and reheat, then pour it out. Barkeeper's friend, sold in stores, is a mild abrasiv... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Frequently Yes: In addition to " pain " the following symptoms commonly occur with varicose veins: leg aching, burning, itching, throbbing, heaviness, fatigue, tiredn... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Yes : Yes in some severe cases people can die from abrupt heroin withdrawal. Severe nausea, vomiting can lead to dehydration , in rare cases seizure can oc... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Yes : Yes all alcoholism is bad unless it is in recovery.....So recovered alcoholism is good.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Not uncommon: It occurs commonly after breast cancer surgery and it is the most common cause of leg swelling , if it is combined with veno- lymphedema .[ that is ly... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Possibly: If you are overweight and not exercising then then lose weight, control stress and exercise it is possible to come off blood pressure medications.Thes... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Yes: High blood pressure can cause nosebleeds as well as many other medical problems, some like stroke and heat disease and kidney disease can be life thre... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Probably not: Trauma can cause injury to veins and or their flow. However the trauma would have to be significant enough to break a bone or do tissue damage. A mino... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Enlarged: Bulging veins are enlarged . This occurs often through exercise or exertion. Or in disease states when they become dilated due to insufficiency or bac... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Injection into vein: Sclerotherapy is the injection of a medication into the spider vein to destroy it. The sclerosant medication works by irritating the vein wall causin... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Possibly: Unfortunately, the answer depends on the specific method used by that particular laboratory. Different labs use different d-dimer tests and each lab ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Probably not: There is no medical evidence that magnets or magnetic bracelets would help lipodermosclerosis. A bracelet probably wont hurt either except maybe your... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Several choices: There are several medical specialties that focus on lympedema. In order of frequency: vascular medicine specialist, vein specialist also called phlebo... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Bleeding Time: The bleeding time is used to test platelet function for diseases such as von willebrand's disease . It is also effected by Aspirin and any other medi... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Possibly: Hard to tell from the information you have shared. Consider discussing this with your physician.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Trichotillomania: Trichotillomania is the compulsive urge to pull out your hair. It is often treatable. There are both medications that help with this compulsive disord... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
It may worsen: Pregnancy leads to increased fluid throughout the body and a gravid uterus also puts some pressure on the circulation of lymph [ the proteinaceous flu... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Probably : There are not a lot of good studies on the safety of horse chestnut extract. It is an herbal supplement so does not have to go through quite as much ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Probably safe: It is probably safe to take adhd medication. It is best to tell your doctors about all of your medications and conditions.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Tummy tuck vs lipo: Liposuction will remove unwanted fat from your stomach area. This is a great choice if you have unwanted fat deposits that do not respond to exercise.... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Probably : Sclerotherapy is a very effective treatment to remove varicose and spider veins. However it can take multiple treatments[ average is 3] to get rid of ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
No good prevention: The biggest risk factor for spider veins is heredity and you can't change your parents. Other factors are age and trauma can lead to spider veins but... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
May help symptoms: There are some studies that show horse chestnut extract may help the symptoms of varicose veins in some people. There is no evidence that it will cure... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Hormone and viens: Female hormones : estrogen and especially Progesterone cause veins to dilate and enlarge. This occurs all over the body including the breasts. If the ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Yes: You should be able to go through both procedures unless the doctor feels you are a health risk. However keep in mind that there is a slight increase ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Telangiectasia : What you describe is either telangiectasia or spider angioma. These are just dilated vessel in the skin and are just mild cosmetic nuisance. Telangie... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
See a doctor: Pulmonary embolism is a very serious and the blood thinner that was prescribed helps prevent recurrence. Stopping the blood thinner early increases ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Seek medical care: What you describe , at least with the limited information you share could be be serious . Please seek medical attention.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Lose weight : Breast are mostly fat. Weight loss will lead to smaller breasts. If you are normal weight or have very large breast compared to the rest of your body... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Sleeping: Sleeping well, not smoking, and regular exercise are the most important to a long healthy life.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Varicose: Varicose veins are not caused by crossing your legs.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Laser pointer: While there is some risk that a laser pointer could cause eye damage, it would be hard to do. The laser pointer would have to focused on the eye at cl... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Yes : The lymphedema in the arm should not affect the drainage of the liposuction of the neck. So that should not be a reason not to do the surgery.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Airway inflammation: Smoking causes airway inflammation. This can be reversible and/or irreversible . Congratulations on your healthy decision to quit. Your breathing shou... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Possibly: Every surgical procedure has possible side effects. Side effects / complications from laser liposuction include contour irregularities, asymmetries, s... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
See a doctor: It is hard to know without a proper exam . The only way to get a proper exam is to see a doctor . Please do so.
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A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Chose liposcution: Liposuction works well but it is important that the patient understands that it can only remove a relatively small amount of fat below the skin and is... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
High-fat: High-fat diets may spark overeating and diminish reward from food.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Poor: Poor sleeping is associated with increased risk for metabolic disorders such as diabetes.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Myth:everyone: Myth: everyone gains weight. Fact: many people quitting smoking gain, but some don't. Average +5lbs.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 31 years experience
Studies: Studies show babies may hear what pregnant moms say, and recognize these words after birth.
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Aug 13, 2013
I recommend Dr. Wright. Although I know little about Phlebology, I am learning a great deal from reading the information he provides. It is clear that he is an expert in this field. He is providing a...Read More
I am a colleague phlebologist (vein specialist) Dr wright always out the patient's well being first, and is professional and extremely knowledgeable about vein conditions. He has my highest endorseme...Read More
Aug 19, 2013
Upbeat, personable, and forward-thinking tips plus knowledgeable answers to questions on HealthTap. Dr. Wright is a great addition to this community, and I recommend him.
HealthTap member
This was a waste of 49.00. You mentioned yoga and pacemaker may interact w cell phone and exercise memory decline. What does this all have t do w afib. I wanted info as what pacemaker can do f me
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Ok. Am Medicare & PPO. There is such a backlog of appointments at the University of Miami Health Systems that the earliest appn't is in 3 mos.!!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you, the more I have been thinking about it , I am leaning that way! I feel it might be a waste of 1800 dollars!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA HOSPITAL

Awards

Patients Choice Award 2010 and 2011 AMA Physician Recognition Award 2007, 2008 and 2009 Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery 2006 Fellow American College Physicians 2008 Diplomat, American Board of Phlebology, 2008 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society 1991
Top Doctor, First Place, St. Louis, MO - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, St. Louis, MO - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American College of Phlebology ACP American Association of Cosmetic Surgery AACS American Medical Association AMA Missouri State Medical Association MSMA American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery ASLMS American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography ARDMS

Publications

Endovenous Laser Ablation without Tumescent Anesthesia
2010 Comparison of Pain and Discomfort Between 1470nm and 810nm Endovenous Lasers.
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