Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are caused by a malfunction of the valve inside the vein. When the valve malfunctions, blood pools and pressure increases in the vein causing it to expand and bulge.
Individual veins can be successfully treated; however, vein disease cannot be permanently cured. Treated veins will no longer be varicose, but vein disease is a chronic condition, and over time, other veins can become varicose. Often after a period of time, maintenance procedures will be required as new varicose veins develop.
No. By using the latest, non-invasive treatments, the procedures are virtually painless. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately after treatment.
Most varicose veins that are painful or causing problems are covered by Medicare and many other insurance carriers. Spider veins may be covered if they are painful. Cosmetic spider veins are not covered by insurance. However, we are able to work with you with payment plans on an individual basis.
Removal of varicose veins or spider veins is a multi-visit process. Every person requires different treatments, but you should plan ahead! If you have a special trip or want to wear a new outfit with your “new legs,” visit our offices at least two months in advance.
With the latest procedures for removing spider and varicose veins, there is very little if any scarring.
With the removal of varicose veins, circulation actually improves. Varicose veins are also not suitable for heart bypass so you have no reason to keep your varicose veins.
People seek help for spider and varicose veins for a number of reasons. Often, they are embarrassed by the appearance of their legs, or their veins are painful. Veins below the surface are often the cause of pain, swelling, itching, burning and heaviness symptoms. Wearing compression stockings and elevating the legs can provide temporary relief, but nothing is as effective as medical treatment for most vein problems.
Some varicose veins that develop during pregnancy will return to normal after delivery, therefore, we recommend that all women wait at least three months after delivery before having varicose veins treated. Depending on the circumstances, veins can be treated while breastfeeding. Speak to our doctors to learn more.
All procedures are performed in the office without the need to be sedated. All procedures allow you to leave with ability to exercise and work with very little short term limitations. As in all medical procedures; side effects are possible but serious side effects are extremely rare with these techniques.
Treated veins will not return, but as with any progressive disease, new varicose veins may form.