What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are formed when blood pools in the superficial veins of the legs.
What Are The Most Common Locations of Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are normally on the calf or inner thigh.
Will Both Legs Need to Be Treated?
If you have varicose veins, it’s possible that you may have venous insufficiency in both legs. You will need to get an ultrasound of both legs to determine if you need treatment in both legs.
Am I Too Young or Old to Get Varicose Vein Treatment?
Varicose veins do not have an age restriction. But they are more likely to develop in your middle ages and older. Venous insufficiency is hereditary. If varicose veins run in the family, it’s possible you may develop varicose veins earlier in your life. Obesity is another factor that may cause varicose and spider veins.
Varicose Veins Treatment
What Are The Treatment Options for Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins cures vary based on the venous disease the patient has. Some include:
- VNUS uses heat to collapse the vein.
- Surgical vein stripping surgically removes the veins.
- Laser surgery uses a laser to heat the veins and damage them.
- Ambulatory phlebectomy surgically removes veins closer to the surface of the skin.
What is a VNUS Vein Procedure?
The VNUS Closure Procedure offers patients an efficient, non-surgical alternative for treating varicose veins to improve the skin’s appearance and to reduce health risks related to large varicose veins.
How VNUS Does it Work?
VNUS uses radiofrequency energy. This energy heats and collapses the vein. Then it seals off the blood vessels. The physician will insert a small tube into the vein. Heat spreads through the catheter in 20-second intervals. The heat stimulates the collagen that’s in the walls of the vein. The contractions cause the vein to shrink and eventually stop working, which is known as ablation.
What Are the Benefits of VNUS?
It’s a minimally invasive procedure because it only requires a small incision. The procedure doesn’t require a hospital stay or any healing time.
What’s the Recovery from VNUS Like?
It is normal to feel a tightening sensation in your leg after a couple of days. It is also common to experience cramping, bruising, and swelling. This can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication. The patient will be able to walk after the procedure; however, it may take a day or two to regain the ability to resume life as usual.
What Happens to Blood Flow When the Vein Shuts Down?
The blood flow will reroute to healthier veins once the varicose vein closes. It doesn’t disrupt the person’s cardiovascular system at all.
What Are the Side Effects of VNUS?
Side effects are very minimal. Scarring and skin burns are possible. The patient may also experience small or large blood clots. A prickling feeling due to nerve damage may occur, but with a skilled physician, the possibility is decreased.
How Long Does It Take for Affected Veins to Disappear After An Ablation?
The veins that are treated are absorbed by the body, which can take up to 12 months.
Is Vein Treatment Covered By My Health Insurance?
Patients who have venous insufficiency will go over a vein treatment plan with the physician. We will contact your health insurance company to see what is covered and develop a cost estimate of any out-of-pocket expenses if any. Most major health insurance companies cover venous insufficiency treatment.