Frequently Asked Questions
Below are questions about vein health, vein procedures and vein care that we often receive from patients. Click the "+" to view the answer to each question. We hope you will find these helpful ... if you have any further questions please contact us at 844.700.VEIN.
What causes varicose veins?
Faulty valves within the veins cause blood to pool or flow in the wrong direction. This results in enlarged veins or varicose veins. Patient may also experience swelling, itching, burning, discoloration, heaviness or open ulceration.
Is it hereditary?
Varicose veins can run in families and may put a patient at some increase risk of DVT. Other risk factors for varicose veins include prior injury, prolonged sitting or standing, inactivity, being overweight, pregnancy and hormonal changes. Both man and women can develop varicose veins. DVTs or blood clots also run in families but are not always related to varicose veins. In order to determine your genetic risk further testing maybe needed.
Are cosmetic injections permanent?
Spider vein treatments work to eliminate the fault veins. Depending on the number of spider veins in an area repeat injections can be needed. In the future other faulty veins can appear, so it is important to talk with your provider about prevention.
Will my veins come back after treatment?
This depends on the type of vein being treated. The majority of veins do not return after treatment but regrowth is possible and additional veins can become faulting in the future. It is imports to work with your healthcare provider on an after treatment plan to reduce this risk.
Is testing covered by insurance?
In the majority of cases; yes. Your healthcare provider can answer question specific to your case and insurance provider.
What type of procedures are available?
A wide variety of treatment is available depending on the type of venous disease. Heat based treatments such as Radiofrequency Ablation can be used on large veins. Adhesives such as VenaSeal and foams like Verathena are also options for some patients. Deep veins are treated with minimally invasive balloons and stents. Smaller veins can be removed using small incisions (microphlebectomy) or injections (ultrasound guilded sclerotherapy). The majority of procedure can be performed in the office setting but in the case of more complex disease state of the art operative rooms are available at our Lake Drive Surgery Center and the FMHC.
How much down time for procedures?
Most procedures require no, or very little downtime. Our patients routinely return to work the same day. Walking and light exercise is encouraged in the immediate post procedure period. Air travel and prolonged car rides should be avoided around the time of procedures and post procedure compression stocking and light bandages are often required. The pain experience after these procedures is generally mild and controlled with ice and over the counter medication when needed.
What is the benefit of compression stockings?
Gradient Compression stocking help reduce the symptoms of venous disease and may help prevent blood clots. They apply more pressure at the ankle and less at the top to reduce fluid collection in the tissues. They can also be used after a procedure to allow the veins to heal and close down properly. Regular use of compression may help prevent worsening of venous disease. Compression stocking needed to be properly fitted.