What are varicose veins?

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.

Can I be cured of my varicose veins?

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. 

Does treatment hurt?

By using the latest, minimally-invasive treatments, the procedures are virtually painless. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately after treatment.

Will insurance cover treatment?

Most varicose vein treatments are covered by insurance, including Medicare, as a medical necessity when the veins cause pain or other symptoms. Cosmetic spider veins are generally not covered by insurance. We will help to determine what is covered by your insurance plan.”

How long does treatment take?

Every person requires a unique treatment plan which will determine the length and number of treatments recommended. If you have a special trip planned or want to wear a new outfit to show off your “new legs,” plan ahead! Generally most procedures are completed within an hour.

What should I expect after treatment?

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.

Don’t I need my veins?

With the removal of varicose veins, circulation actually improves. Venous blood flow will reroute through healthy veins to leave the leg. Varicose veins are also not suitable for heart bypass so you have no reason to keep your varicose veins.

Why treat the veins?

People seek help for spider and varicose veins for a number of reasons. While some simply dislike the way their legs look, vein issues can be a progressive medical condition that leads to leg pain, swelling, cramping, dermatitis and even ulceration. Vein treatment can help make your leg look and feel better.

Can I have my veins treated during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

Some varicose veins that develop during pregnancy will return to normal after delivery. Therefore, we recommend that all women wait at least six weeks after delivery before having varicose veins treated. Depending on the circumstances, veins can be treated while breastfeeding.  Speak to our doctors to learn more.

Is there scarring?

With the latest procedures for removing spider and varicose veins, there is very little if any scarring.

Will varicose veins come back?

Treated veins will not return, but as with any progressive condition, healthy veins may become varicose and form over time.