Dubuque, Iowa Patient Testimonials

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Patient Testimonials from Patients of Dr. Jenkins


Janet - Age 66

My legs always felt tired and heavy and when I would lay down they would throb for 15-30 minutes until I could go to sleep. I had those symptoms for 6 months on and off. I felt very confident with the staff and Dr. Jenkins and the procedure only lasted 30 minutes at the most. I took it easy the day of the procedure and returned to normal activity the next day. I noticed improvement right away. The procedure was very good. I’d do it again if I had to. My legs are not so tired after working and I feel like I can walk now for exercise. My sister recommended the free clinic in Guttenberg so I tried it and I felt very comfortable with Dr. Jenkins and his staff was very good. I would recommend this procedure to a friend or family member.

Josh - Age 43

Before treatment, my legs had big, bulging bumps and were painful. I never had treatment before and was referred by a friend. I had the VNUS (Venefit) procedure done and it was all quick and painless. I returned to normal activities right away with the lumps and pain gone a couple weeks later.

Melinda - Age 42

For at least 10 years, my lower left leg felt heavy. On the inside of my ankle, I had a cluster of spider veins. My ankle was warm to the touch. When I walked, it felt like I had a pulled muscle behind my knee. I didn't have any procedures done before and the VNUS (Venefit) procedure sounded quick with fast results. The procedure took half an hour. There was mild discomfort, but it was not unbearable. The next day, my left leg felt better and I was able to start walking with no pain. Since the procedure, I am walking 3 m,iles a day and have lost 20 pounds. My legs feel great and I am very glad I had this procedure done.

Connie - Age 61

For 1 1/2 years, I experienced pain in my upper thighs and swelling in legs and feet. I wore compression stockings and it helped some, but did not eliminate the pain or swelling. Dr. Jenkins explained to me the VNUS (Venefit) procedure which was done in office with minimal work time lost. My friends also recommended this procedure. It solved problems for them that I was also experiencing. There were several appointments for diagnosis and preparation for surgery. I had two surgical procedures with the pain being minimal during the procedures. I had a procedure on Friday and returned to work on Monday. My symptoms are gone. I noticed progress in pain reduction within two weeks. I am experiencing no leg pain or leg and ankle swelling. I no longer have to put my legs and feet up every day after work! My legs and feet feel skinny!

Rafael S. - Age 57

Before having treatmnet done, I had those ugly veins for years. My legs used to get numb and ache after sitting for long periods of time. I never had any other procedures done prior. I chose this procedure to get rid of the ugly veins and to help increase blood flow to my heart. The procedure took like 30-40 minutes on each leg on two separate days. It was not painful except my left leg hurt a little while Dr. Jenkins pulled it out. I was able to return to work though I had some discomfort for a few days, but back to normal in a week. Three weeks later I was back at the gym. My legs feel much better and no more numbness. I am back to normal activities and no more ugly veins. My legs feel good and I am not ashamed to wear my shorts in the summer. I recommend this procedure to others.

Jeanne - Age 68

Anytime I was on my feet very long, my ankles and lower legs would swell up and be painful because of my varicose veins. My varicose veins were hereditary-my mother had them really bad and my sisters also have them. My varicose veins developed with my first pregnancy in 1964-65 and they got worse with the next three pregnancies. I did not have any other treatment, but for years I wore supportive hose. I then had complete knee joint surgery twice and started wearing compression hose. They felt good, but wasn't a cure. I read aboout the VNUS (Venefit) procedure in a magazine and then heard about Dr. Jenkins method from some friends. I decided to give it a try. After all, what did I have to lose?

When having the VNUS treatment, I was surprised that it wasn't painful at all. Sure, there were those first pricks (everyone feels them), but Dr. Jenkins and his nurse, Darlene, (who happened to be a friend of mine) made me feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. It was not a problem for me. I returned to my normal activities within two days. I noticed an improvement within 2-3 months after the whole treatment schedule was completed. My life has improved as I love to dance, and it was hard to last even through one tune, but now I dance all night long!! We have been attending the annual "Buddy Holly Tribute" at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA, for 20 years. Before the VNUS closure treatment, I could only dance part of the night. This last tribute, I danced just about EVERY dance and my legs felt great!! I DID dance all night!

Saundra - Age 68

My symptoms include having scleroderma. I was experiencing debiliting leg pain. I spoke with a rheumatologist about the procedure that Dr. Jenkins had recommended and it was decided to schedule the procedure. This is the first procedure I had done. I felt Dr. Jenkins was a skilled surgeon and his manner of explaining the procedure was excellent. The procedure had uncomfortable moments which Dr. Jenkins was sensitive to my uncomfortableness. The day after the procedure I took it easy, but after that I returned to work with little or no pain. In about 90 days my leg pain had diminished. There is great comfort knowing that my severe leg pain is gone.

January 2018 - Rita

For a period of three years or more, I experienced weakness and a burning feeling in my legs when climbing steps. I am very active and my legs felt weak and extremely tired at the end of the day. During the procedure (sclerotherapy), I took a lot of deep breaths, thought of how this was going to help me and I guess when someone is sticking a needle in you, it seems like it is lasting forever, but it really was not. I returned to normal activities the next day and knowing I would not stay on my feet all day. It took a couple of weeks to see improvements. The procedure was uncomfortable at the time being done, but I managed to get through it and would do it all again if necessary. Since my treatment, I have more ability to exercise, walk and especially climb steps without my legs just burning and feeling weak. The look of my legs has also improved very much. I would recommend this procedure to friends and family.

January 2018

Darlene - Age 61

Before vein treatment, my legs were heavy feeling and achy. When trying to sleep they would sometimes throb and feel very restless. Both legs had bulging, unsightly veins. I put up with the problem for 30 years. With all the procedures at Tri-State Vein, I experienced minimal pain and discomfort and was able to work the following day. The vein stripping (Stab Phlebectomy) did give two nights of pain while trying to sleep, but diminished by the 3rd day. After the procedures were complete, I was back to normal activities the following day. With each step of treatments, I saw and felt improvement almost immediately. Overall, the vein procedure was well worth it--minimal discomfort, legs feel great and look so much better. I was embarrassed prior to the treatments to show my legs. Aspects of my life improved since treatment. I feel more energetic be cause my legs feel good. I am more confident of my appearance. I sleep better. I no longer fear puncturing my veins by accident. A friend recommended him (Dr. Jenkins) and Dubuque is a convenient place to go for treatments, so I gave it a try and sure glad I did. The staff was great, as well as Dr. Jenkins. They made it fun at times! I would recommend this procedure to a friend or family member.

November 2017

Mike - Age 61

I had a large vein on right leg on the outside of knee, across the top of the knee and inside halfway up the leg. I had swelling and fatigue in right leg when standing. The procedure was totally painless. No pain after the procedure. Procedure lasted about three hours. I only missed the day of the procedure and the following day from work. I returned to normal activities immediately and noticed improvement immediately. My vein procedure was a 100% positive experience from the initial exam until the procedure was completed. No complaints and no problems! Since my treatment, my leg is 100% better. Swelling is gone and no fatigue! I had known Dr. Joe and Sandy socially and we had a conversation about my leg so I set up the consultation. Dr. Joe and his staff were very professional and very caring. They did a great job! I would absolutely recommend this procedure to others.

November 2017

Bonnie - Age 75

Sympoms before treatment were that my veins were large and skin was thin over them especially around the ankle area. My legs were very restless when trying to fall asleep. I did not have any problems during or after the procedure. Within a couple of days after the procedure I was able to do normal activities. After all treatments were completed, I could tell that I had less restless legs. Overall with the vein procedure, I did not have any problems. I put a heating pad on them if they were sore. Since the treatment, I sleep much better at night because less problems of restless legs. I don't have to worry about puncturing the large veins and around my ankles when doing outside work. Dr. Jenkins was recommended by a friend who had great results from him also. I would recommend Dr. Jenkins to others.

October 2017

Barbara - Age 74

I had a vein in my left leg burst and the hospital glued it shut, but advised me to see Dr. Jenkins. He (Dr. Jenkins) corrected it by sclerotherapy and worked on the bad veins in my legs which I've had for probably 10 years or more. The burst vein had only happened a week or two prior.

The procedure was painful (short bursts) at times, but my bulging veins are gone for the most part. My legs were very "tired" before the procedure where now they are fine. I still have "restless legs" during the night, but this has been an on-going condition for years.

I returned to normal activities a couple days after the procedures with no ill effects. I don't know if I've noticed much difference in the way I feel, but my legs look much better and I don't have to worry about bursting veins.

My overall experience was great thanks to Dr. Jenkins and his amazing staff.

I still do much of the same things as I had done before, but the endurance for athletic activity has improved a lot.

I chose Dr. Jenkins as he was highly recommended by a friend I have in the medical field. Also, the person who helped me in the Emergency Room with the burst vein recommended him. His staff is very caring and friendly and it's a calming atmosphere.

March 2017

Brooke - Age 26

Prior to my treatment, my leg throbbed and got tired and sometimes numbing. I had the symptoms for some time. After year, veins started appearing.

My experience was great. The procedure was comfortable, easy and fast. There was minimal pain while getting it done. After though the results were amazing. The same day I able to return to my normal workday plus working out the next day.

The vein procedure was quick and easy. Felt very comfortable my entire procedure.

My self esteem improved after the vein treatment as I got many compliments on my legs.

I chose Dr. Jenkins because I've heard good things about his procedures. My experience was fun, friendly, and most of all comfortable.

I would recommend this to a friend or family member.

March 2017

Susan H. - Age 42

Symptoms before my treatment included heavy feeling in my legs, leg pain at night that kept me up and would wake me up frequently. I am a runner and biker and I felt it interfered with running.

The procedure itself was uncomfortable, but I chose to not take the Valium. The doctor and assisting nurse were wonderful. Afterwards, I felt fine and had a great recovery.

I was up and running immediately with no problems. My running is better now. Never again do I have to sleep with pillows under my legs!

My experience with the vein procedure was excellent. I had one leg done and the experience of the procedure was uncomfortable but the after care and assurance by doctor and staff helped me get through the second leg. I am so happy I had this done. It has improved my overall health.

Aspects of my life that have improved since my treatment are running, biking, and sleeping.

I chose Dr. Jenkins after seeing advertisements. He and his staff were helpful, described the procedure and were very professional. I was apprehensive and they helped me through that.

I would recommend this to a friend or family member.

February 2017

I have had pain and swelling in my right leg for 3-4 years. It had been getting progressively more painful in the last year. My leg felt so heavy while walking for exercise and after long days at work

After meeting with Dr. Jenkins and his staff, a course of treatment was recommended and many questions were answered. I felt comfortable and relaxed prior to the procedure. During the procedure, each step was explained so I was able to stay calm. I walked out of the office with a little numbness in my leg and a complete understanding of symptoms that may arise. After three weeks, I am back to normal activities and feel as good as new.

My experience with Tri-State Vein Center was very good. As I was leaving, I turned around to thank them all for my excellent care and the professional service I received. Since my vein treatment, I have resumed all my normal activities except now they are pain free.

Dr. Jenkins was referred to me by my general practice doctor. I read reviews from former patients and decided on the Tri-State Vein Center. It has been a positive experience.


For about 6 weeks I received treatment on a leg ulcer. A nurse friend suggested I go the vein center with Dr. Jenkins. On the first appointment, doctor advised a compression wrap. I needed to get the fluid off and support the veins. In a week, I could see and feel improvement already. What a gift! Yes, doctor was correct. The compression gave me healing, support and comfort. What an excellent doctor. Dr. Jenkins has all the necessary ability-knowledge-good service-kind-understanding-etc., etc. The staff is well trained and pleasant. The vein center is well done. Clean-excellent equipment-comfort-and even pretty. Thanks to God for this super doctor-Dr. Jenkins. Only a few appointments to be healed.

~Female Patient age: 88

Before treatment at Tri-State Vein Center, my left leg had big, dark blue veins behind my knee that hurt when sitting or riding. Sometimes they were puffy. My right leg had a puffy vein and dark one behind the knee. After working 8 hours at work, right ankle would be dark purple down to the foot and had this for 2-3 years with pain. It just got worse over time. Last six months a lot of pain and throbbing after working or sitting too long.

The procedure was comfortable and easy. Afterwards, had some bruising and a little pain. I took the day off work for the procedure plus one more day. I work standing on cement. I noticed an improvement within three days. The right ankle is no longer purple color after work plus the pain from sitting to long is gone. I still wear compression stockings, but I have no swelling or pain in either feet after work now.

My overall experience was great and the doctor and the nurses let me know what to expect before and after. I was very comfortable with each leg procedure.

Since my treatment, I don’t have to stop as often on long trips. I sleep better with no leg pain at night. My right ankle after a day of work on cement doesn’t have the purple color anymore.

My treatment was great by Dr. Jenkins and the staff.


November 2014~I have been a bank teller for 39 years and on my feet for 9-10 hours a day.Prior to the VNUS procedure I had heaviness in the legs and terrible cramping. I had no procedures prior to the VNUS. For pain relief I wore compression stockings and took Tylenol. After speaking with Dr. Jenkin’s and learning the ultrasound showed my veins were nine times the size they should be, I chose to have a VNUS procedure done. My experience was great. There was little pain and it took less than an hour. I returned to normal activities within a few days. I have noticed so much improvement and no leg cramps! Since the procedure I’m not so tired and I’m able to do more things in the evening!

~Judi age: 67

May 2013~I had multiple symptoms before having the VNUS closure procedure, including tired aching legs, large bulging veins, ulcers and discoloration. I wore ted stockings and put my feet up when sitting. Then I saw an ad in the paper and thought I would check into it-and not just for cosmetic reasons. The procedure was not bad at all, Dr. Jenkins was great at explaining things and the nurses where great helpers. I didn’t take long at all. I returned to work right away and felt improvement in a short time. In a few weeks my legs looked and felt so much better. I would recommend this to anyone having problems. It is nice not to see the big bulging veins in my legs. I no longer have the tired, achy feeling in my legs. Our legs carry us all day, so we need them to feel good!

~Rhonda age: 61

April 2013~Before coming to the Tri-State Vein center I had a few spider veins. In the past I had a laser treatment that didn’t work and only made more spider veins appear. The sclerotherapy treatment was very easy and I didn’t change my routine at all. Right away the areas looked smaller, and it looks even better after 6 months.

~Myrt age: 76

January 2013~Prior to the VNUS Closure procedure I had fullness and aching in my legs. Several areas on my lower legs were very painful to the touch. My legs would swell by the end of the day and at night I would get leg cramps. The only other leg treatment I had was vein stripping in 1972. After a consultation with Dr. Jenkins I decided to have the procedure done. During the procedure I felt only a little pain and it only took a short time. Later that day I was able to go grocery shopping and my symptoms began to improve within a few days. Now I am able to stand for extended periods of time and the tightness in my legs is gone. I can walk further now with no swelling or pain. I HAVE NO LEG CRAMPS AT NIGHT YEHA!!

~Janice age-77

January 2013~Prior to the VNUS Closure procedure I had aches in my lower leg for 5 years. I chose the VNUS because it is a simple outpatient procedure, which only takes a few appointments. I had minor pain during the procedure, but afterword’s I returned immediately to my normal routine. Complete improvement almost immediately. Now I sleep better and I’m less self-conscious about the appearance of my vein.

~Joan age-32

Feb 2013~Before the VNUS closure procedure my legs were sore and my veins pronounced. I chose the VNUS procedure because of the look and discomfort of my leg but more so because of what Dr. Jenkins said they could lead to. The procedure only took about an hour it was pleasant and virtually painless. I started to see excellent improvement over the next couple months. My life has improved since the procedure because my leg no longer hurts and I feel stronger.

~Terry age-54

May 2012~I had a thrombosed (clotted) varicose vein in the right calf and aching in my thighs. I had no other treatments prior to my VNUS procedure. I chose the VNUS closure procedure because it is easier then vein stripping. Although my first procedure took 2 hours I was not uncomfortable at all, the second one took only 1 hour and again I was not uncomfortable. After receiving the VNUS treatment I went out for lunch. I immediately got rid of the ache in my thighs. I returned to work 5 days after the second leg and have no problem being on my feet 40 hours a week. My life has improved after the procedure because I no longer worry about getting a thrombosed vein and can work pain free.

~Charlene-age 64

April 2012~My leg was swelled and it hurt all the time. It hurt off and on for years and the vein protruded. I tried other treatments like wearing stockings or a wrap and to prop my leg up. My doctor referred me here. During the Procedure there was a slight burning and small discomfort which didn’t last long at all. After receiving the VNUS treatment I had to take it easy for a day or so and refrain from horseback riding for a couple of weeks. My symptoms have totally gone and they improved immediately. Now I can walk comfortably and do almost anything I want it is wonderful.

~Ruth-age 71

July 2012~Prior to receiving the VNUS Closure procedure my left leg veins bulged out was itchy and swelled at times near the ankle. It was very nasty looking. I chose the VNUS procedure because my insurance covered the procedure and I was completely informed of what was going to happen. During the procedure I was very relaxed. It took about 3 weeks to feel normal. I was able to walk, do the stairs and drive the same day. The scars are healing and are less noticeable. I am no longer ashamed to wear shorts my legs look a lot better.

~Dixie-age 43

March 2012~Prior to receiving my sclerotherapy treatments I and ugly bulging veins and aching leg pain. I checked in to the laser type treatment but the cost was much greater and was not covered by my insurance. It was recommended by a coworker and after my initial consultation I was convinced that this was the course of treatment for me. The treatment was only slightly painful during the actual injections and I had very little discomfort after, despite being told that I may. I was pleasantly surprised. The next day I went back to my normal activities. I think I could have done so the same day, but I followed the instructions and kept my legs up and took it kind of easy. Within the first couple of weeks I could see a difference. I no longer feel self-conscious about the look of my legs I’d those ugly veins for probably 35-40 years.

~Geri-age 55

December 2011~I had lots of purple spider veins right above my knees on both sides of my legs. During my Sclerotherapy treatment there were just little needle pricks. Really no pain and it didn't take long. After sclerotherapy I was never restricted from anything and my legs did not hurt. I was so happy when summer came and I could were shorts and a swimsuit without the normal embarrassment.

~Connie-age 68

March 2012~After my second child (now 5 yrs.) was born, I noticed extreme fatigue and itching in my legs. Then I saw several varicose veins starting to form. I elevated my legs every chance I could and briefly tried compression stockings. I chose the VNUS Closure Procedure for a few reasons. Mainly, because of my leg fatigue and for overall look of my legs. Also, my father had extremely bad varicose veins and I knew how hereditary they were. I wanted to stay ahead of the problem before I too, had a lot of issues! The procedure was very simple. It took about 30-40 minutes for each and I didn’t feel a thing. VERY PAINLESS!! After the closure treatment, I returned to my normal activities immediately! I went for a two mile walk the very same day and a three mile run the next day! It didn’t hold me back from my active life at all especially with two active boys running around! I have more self-confidence and a lot less discomfort. I’m very happy I did it!!

~Tiffany-age 35

December 2011~I had tired and aching in my right leg not to mention ugly, bulging veins. I never had any other treatment done, but when several friends with similar problems had treatment and were happy with the results, I decided to try it. The staff was very friendly and made me feel comfortable. The actual procedure to treat the vein took less than one hour and although it sounded scary, was very easy with very little discomfort. Dr. Jenkins and his nurses did a nice job explaining everything and took very good care of me!! After a couple of days I was back to my normal routines and workouts. I could tell after a couple of weeks that the tiredness and aching in my leg had improved with no more aching or burning in my leg. Also, on long car trips or after prolonged sitting, my legs feel better than they had in the past. I also look forward to wearing shorts this summer—NO UGLY VEIN!

~Elaine-age 57

October 2011~ For five years I had aching legs and also a burning sensation in my legs. Prior to my care at Tri-State Vein, I had no other treatment. Since I had no blockage, I had injections done. Dr. Jenkins was my first choice as I heard all good things about him. The injections were not painful, just uncomfortable. I went to work 24 hours after my injections. It took three months to see results, but almost immediately I got relief of aching and soreness. I work 12 hour shifts and I now feel I can continue at this pace until I decide to retire.


July 2011~I had swelling of my legs and feet, some varicose veins and aching of the legs. I always did a lot of walking, but my legs started hurting so much, I had to limit my time. Compression socks gave me some relief, but no cure. My family doctor recommended I see Dr. Jenkins. After he explained the procedure, he took an ultrasound and found there was poor blood circulation in my legs so I decided to give VNUS a try! I had no discomfort or pain during the procedure. It took a very short time, and I walked out of the office. Within a few days, I was doing normal activities and would not wake up at night with aching legs. Last week, I walked behind my lawnmower and did yard work for five hours. My wife asked why I didn’t use my riding mower. I told her I needed the exercise. NO ACHES OR PAIN!!

~Gerald-age 81

March 2011~I had problems with my legs for years. My legs always felt tired and heavy. By mid-day, I had restlessness, burning and bulging veins. I tried support hose for comfort, but by evening my legs were swollen. I had to massage and elevate my legs before I could even go to sleep. My procedure took exactly one hour. I was feeling nervous, but Dr. Jenkins and his nurses made me feel very much at ease. I felt no pain during the procedure. I went home that afternoon and put my legs up. Later that evening, I did my regular routine and was back to work the next day. I can now walk longer distances, wear a variety of shoes without aches and pressure on my legs and feet. I can now wear shorts and capris without trying to hide my veins and bruises without make-up.

~Gloria-age 54

March 2011~For ten years, my legs felt heavy and ached when standing for a long period of time. I tried using the prescription support stockings, but they did not give me much relief. After contacting Dr. Jenkins and learning about the VNUS/Venefit closure treatment, I felt comfortable in selecting this minimally invasive procedure. The day following the procedure, I resumed normal activities and was playing tennis two days later. My legs no longer ached as much, or felt heavy after standing for a long period of time. Being an avid tennis player, playing indoors and outdoors all year long, I am no longer self-conscious of my legs and happy to say my legs look much better in my tennis skirts.

~Carol-age 65

February 2011~The symptoms I experienced with my legs included pressure, discoloration and swelling. The only treatment was wearing compression stockings. One day when buying compression stockings, the nurse explained the VNUS/Venefit procedure and give me Dr. Jenkins name and phone number. The procedure caused very little discomfort and took about one hour. I resumed activities the next day and two days later I noticed less swelling and pressure.

~Arlyn-age 75

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