What results can I expect after my vein treatment?
We expect that all the veins that are treated are going to be gone. There’s a possibility that you would develop new veins down the line since this is a lifetime disorder which we are currently unable to cure. However, the veins that we treat with laser phlebectomy and ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy should be gone completely, with the exception of your tendency to develop new vein issues.
Can varicose veins be cured?
Why do you recommend compression stockings?
Patients who DO have an improvement when they wear compression stockings are really compressing their veins and lessening their symptoms. This would indicate that they can benefit from laser or ultrasound therapy to permanently remove the veins.
Compression stockings DO play an active role in the treatment of symptoms as well as aiding in recovery after surgery.
What can I do NOW to prevent varicose veins?
Will insurance pay for my treatment?
Insurance will NOT cover the cosmetic aspect, which is the treatment of spider veins.
Does crossing legs cause varicose veins?
Will removing varicose veins affect my circulation?
How can I tell if my veins even need treatment?
How will blood get back to my heart AFTER my diseased veins are removed?
The deep system of veins in your legs is the main route for returning blood flow to your heart, returning about 90% of the blood back to your heart. The superficial system returns only 10% of the blood. When you have varicose veins, the blood in your SUPERFICIAL system is traveling towards your feet, which is abnormal and is responsible for the symptoms you’re experiencing. MOST of this blood flow, however, does get into the DEEP system and flows back to the heart and lungs, with only a small portion flowing back down the legs. If we close down the reverse-flowing varicose vein “pipeline”, this makes sure that ALL of your blood – 100% – is now flowing in the proper direction toward your heart and lungs. This causes a significant improvement in your health, and removing diseased veins can only make you better!
Will I need to take time off work or be hospitalized after my vein treatment?
After vein treatment, many patients ask if they need to be hospitalized and take time off work to recover. Our answer is: absolutely not! Hospitalization after vein treatment is a thing of the past (due to the fact that vein “stripping” surgery is no longer performed).
We encourage most of our patients to return to work IMMEDIATELY after their treatments. If a patient is undergoing ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy, they can go back to work right away. If a patient undergoes laser ablation, which requires a local anesthetic in the legs, they can usually return to work that same afternoon, unless of course they’ve had some medications to lessen their discomfort during treatment – then we ask that they wait until the next day to return to normal activity.
How does pregnancy affect varicose veins?
My doctor says my vein problems are "just cosmetic".
What happens if my varicose veins aren't treated?
However, if left untreated, over time varicose veins will simply get larger and possibly discolor the skin (hyper-pigmentation), cause bleeding or venous ulcers. We recommend getting your veins treated IF you are symptomatic (i.e., have pain or swelling or other symptoms). We do NOT treat patients who have no symptoms whatsoever.
Are there activity restrictions after my vein treatment?
After treatment we recommend that patients walk a mile a day. We also recommend that you not perform any physical exercises such as weightlifting or related activities to avoid putting excessive pressure on the venous system. Ordinarily you can do most anything you want after two weeks after being treated for large vein disease or after cosmetic sclerotherapy. Long travels are ill-advised for at least two weeks after procedures. Everyone should wear compression socks on trans-continental flights.
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