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What are varicose veins?
   
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that appear twisted and bulging.  They are usually swollen and raised above the skin’s surface.
   
   
What causes varicose veins?
   
Varicose veins are caused by many factors including heredity, pregnancy, hormonal changes, being overweight, standing or sitting for long periods of time, advancing age or injury to the vein.  The main underlying cause is elevated venous pressure from failed valves and backward venous blood flow.
   
   
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
   
Symptoms may include the following: pain, aching, or burning in the legs, swelling of the legs or ankles, leg cramps or sores, itching of the skin around the vein, and open wounds such as skin ulcers around the ankle.
   
   
What are the treatment options to eliminate varicose veins?
   
There are many treatment options for varicose veins. Along with the minimally invasive endovenous laser treatment, there are several more invasive alternatives. They include ligation and stripping, or a phlebectomy. Generally, the source of the high venous pressure is treated first with the endovenous laser, followed by direct removal of any remaining varicose veins. Ligation and stripping is the most invasive treatment, and is rarely performed.
   
 
What is the endovenous laser treatment?
   
The endovenous laser treatment, using the Dornier D940 laser is a safe and highly effective treatment for varicose veins. This procedure is usually performed in a physician’s office, typically using local anesthesia. You can usually return to work the next day, with minimal post-procedure discomfort.
   
   
How long will the procedure take?
   
The procedure usually lasts for about 30 minutes.
   
   
Will I have to be treated in a hospital?
   
No. The endovenous laser treatment is a minimally invasive procedure which can be performed in your doctor’s office.
   
   
How soon after will I be able to walk after the procedure?
   
Your will be encouraged to walk immediately after the completion of the procedure.
   
 
How long will I have to be out of work?
   
You can return to work the day after the procedure, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
   
   
How soon will it take for my symptoms to disappear?
   
The symptoms should begin to disappear immediately following the procedure.
   
   
Will there be any scarring from the procedure?
   
No. Due to the small size of the catheter insertion point, most patients do not experience any scarring at all.
   
   
Is the endovenous procedure covered by my insurance?
   
Yes. Most insurance companies cover the procedure. Your physician can discuss your eligibility with you when discussing your treatment plan.
   
 
Can varicose veins reoccur?
   
Yes, most commonly recurrences are due to growth of new veins in the groin after invasive ligation and stripping, or from untreated sources of venous reflux (high pressure).
   
   
What are spider veins?
   
Spider veins are thready skin veins that appear on the face and legs as lines, branches, or clusters. They are usually flat with the skin’s surface, and may appear red, blue, or purple.
   
   
What causes spider veins?
   
Spider veins also occur due to aging, pregnancy, hormonal changes, obesity, and prolonged sitting or standing. The underlying problem is elevated venous pressure.
   
   
What are the symptoms of spider veins?
   
The most common symptoms are itching and burning.
   
 
What are the treatment options for spider veins?
   
The most successful treatment includes foam sclerotherapy of feeding reticular veins along with surface laser treatment of the spider veins.
   
   
How soon do spider veins disappear?
   
Since spider veins develop over many years from high pressure in the veins, it generally takes more than one session to eliminate them. Typically, 3-5 treatment sessions are necessary, spaced about a month apart.
   
   
Is spider vein treatment covered by insurance?
   
Spider veins are considered cosmetic by Medicare and all insurance companies. Therefore, there is no insurance coverage for their treatment.