What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are caused when vein walls and/or valves are not functioning properly, resulting in the pooling of blood. The pooling and pressure cause further damage to veins, such as twisting, bulging and pain.
Am I at risk for developing varicose veins?
While women are more likely to suffer from varicose veins, men can also develop them. Factors that increase your risk include:
- Heredity – if a relative suffered from varicose veins
- Puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and other changes in hormone levels
- Obesity and/or an inactive lifestyle
- Certain types of leg trauma
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
Some people don’t realize they have varicose veins until they actually see veins bulging from their legs. It’s important to note that not all varicose veins are visible from the surface. Symptoms include leg pain, swelling, heaviness, aching, burning, throbbing, cramping, and restlessness.
Is varicose vein treatment really necessary?
When left untreated, varicose veins can cause continued pain and swelling. In addition, more advanced medical conditions can occur, such as leg ulcers, skin discoloration, and deep vein thrombosis, a serious condition where blood clots have formed. The longer varicose veins are left untreated, the more they affect the patients overall quality of life.
What are the benefits of VenaCure EVLT?
With measurably better success rates than similar treatments, the VenaCure EVLT procedure provides a number of benefits. In addition to being an in-office procedure with no general anesthesia required, VenaCure EVLT results in improved circulation and surface appearance with minimal-to-no scarring or pain. Patients experience a shorter recovery time and are able to return to their daily activities almost immediately.
Aside from the health benefits are the financial benefits. VenaCure EVLT is typically covered by insurance providers, since varicose vein treatment is viewed as medically necessary.
How does VenaCure EVLT work?
In simple terms, VenaCure EVLT uses thermal energy to close the problem vein(s). A laser is injected into the vein through a tiny pinhole, allowing the perfect amount of energy to collapse the vein. Blood then naturally diverts to other nearby healthy veins. For more details about the procedure, click here.
Does VenaCure EVLT hurt?
Other than feeling a strange sensation, patients report that VenaCure is not painful. Some patients report minor bruising, soreness, and swelling for a few days following the procedure. The soreness can be treated with over the counter non-aspirin pain relief.
Will my varicose veins return after the treatment?
It is highly unlikely that treated veins will become varicose again. However, treatment does not prevent other veins from becoming affected. Those with weak veins always run the risk of varicose veins and other conditions that may require other procedures.
Is VenaCure EVLT covered by insurance?
Since varicose vein treatment is widely recognized as being medically necessary, most insurance carriers cover the VenaCure EVLT procedure. Click here to learn more about Laser Vein Institute’s insurance policies.
What are spider veins and should I be concerned?
Spider veins are tiny clusters of red, blue, and purple veins that are visible. In most cases, they are purely a cosmetic issue and will not cause health problems.
How does the vein professional determine which treatment is best for a patient?
After a thorough evaluation of your legs, which may include a duplex ultrasound, the physician will discuss the recommended treatment (or combination of treatments) for your specific vein issues. For patients with deeper varicose veins that may not be visible at the surface, VenaCure EVLT laser treatment may be recommended. Surface level veins can be treated with Phlebectomy or Sclerotherapy, depending on the findings of your examination. Click here to schedule your exam!