Gitter Vein Institute
Pictured from left to right: Kadie Attardo; Connie Bondi; Jayme Massett; Beth Hershberg; Dr. Patrick Bonneval; Megan Williams; Dr. Richard Gitter; Caroline Fudge; Amanda Daroca and Kelsey Albert

Many people see varicose and spider veins as a cosmetic issue, an inconvenient or unsightly annoyance that largely affects the legs. Along with a number of other symptoms, these veins are actually warning symptoms of a larger problem: Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). 

“Without proper diagnosis, there can’t be proper treatment,” says Dr. Richard Gitter, MD, FACS, Founder of the Gitter Vein Institute. “The venous ultrasound must be performed with the patient standing. If not, most or all venous insufficiency can be missed.”

Dr. Gitter, Dr. Patrick Bonneval, and their staff are experts at the diagnosis and treatment of venous conditions. With locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the Institute is a patient-focused, minimally invasive center that utilizes the most proven and innovative techniques to treat venous insufficiency, varicose veins, spider veins, venous ulcers, and other peripheral venous system abnormalities. Patients can often walk out after a quick treatment and go back to work that same day. 

Dr. Gitter spent the first half of his career in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, last serving as Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Mary Washington Hospital before returning to New Orleans. Dr. Bonneval is board certified in Venous & Lymphatic Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Bonneval leads the Baton Rouge location and was hand-picked by Dr. Gitter for his knowledge, skills, and patient-centered focus.  //  1 Galleria Blvd., Ste. 100, Metairie  //  10101 Siegen Lane, Ste. 3-B, Baton Rouge