1) Isn't treatment for Varicose Veins only for cosmetic purposes?
No. Varicose Vein disease can lead to many symptoms including swelling, aching, cramping, fatigue, heaviness, itching and burning. If left untreated, Varicose vein disease can lead to hyperpigmentation (brownish discoloration), and ulcers. People with Varicose vein disease also have an increased risk of blood clots.
2) How do I know if my veins are Varicose Veins?
After an initial consultation with one of our physicians you will have an ultrasound study to determine the location and extent of the abnormal veins in both legs. After that, a treatment plan will be developed to properly treat your vein disease.
3) Don't I need all of my veins?
No. There are over 25 miles of veins in each leg. The veins that we are treating are abnormal and have already begun to re-route the blood flow to other veins in the legs. Because varicose veins are abnormal they are not used for heart bypass grafts or other vascular surgery procedures. If left untreated, these veins will only get worse and lead to unhealthy skin on the legs.
4) Does the treatment hurt?
No. The procedures are done in the office under local anesthetic. You will feel the initial injection that numbs the area, after that you will only feel some slight pressure. Actual procedure time is about 45 minutes.
5) How long will it take to recover?
You will have no recovery time. In fact, we encourage you to be active and walk a lot after your procedure. There is, however, a lifting restriction of 25 lbs for three weeks following your procedure.
6) How long until my legs look better and the veins are gone?
Any and all vein procedures take 3-6 months before you are totally healed in the cosmetic sense. It is common that the veins may look worse before they look better. Wearing your compression stockings will help your veins heal faster and make your legs look better after treatment as well.
7) What are compression stockings?
Compression stockings are the most important part of all vein treatments. They are designed to exert pressure on the legs in order to decrease swelling caused by Varicose veins. Compression therapy can reduce the symptoms caused by Varicose veins, but cannot make your veins go away. There are many different options in styles and color. Our experienced staff can guide you in choosing the best fit.
8) If the stockings don't make my veins go away, why do I need them?
It is important for every patient to wear compression stockings after their vein procedure. The compression will help keep the veins closed, reduce inflammation, and ensure the integrity of the treatment. The risk of the treatment failing increases dramatically if the patient is not compliant with their compression stockings.
9) How much does it cost?
The cost depends on the treatment being rendered and how much your insurance covers. Our office staff will be able to give you an estimated cost prior to the procedure being performed. No procedures are done without prior authorization from your insurance company.