Q: What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are abnormal and unwanted veins that develop because the valves, that usually hold blood from going backwards down the leg, no longer function correctly. The veins then become enlarged, bulge out of the leg, and are “ropey” in appearance. In addition, spider veins may also develop in the skin because of the pressure from the larger abnormal veins.
Q: What are symptoms of varicose veins?
Varicose veins may cause pain, aching, soreness, itching, heaviness, throbbing, cramping and other symptoms. Frequently, leg swelling also develops. Patients may develop discoloration and inflammation (dermatitis) of the skin, and even open sores.
Q: What treatments are provided at Vein Central?
The most commonly performed procedure at Vein Central is endovenous laser ablation (EVLT) of the saphenous vein. This procedure eliminates the backwards blood flow in the main superficial vein of the leg, and frequently eliminates most, and sometimes all, of the varicose veins. If bulging branches of the saphenous vein remain after EVLT, microphlebectomy very effectively removes all remaining veins without leaving a scar.
Q: Will insurance cover the cost of vein treatments?
If the ultrasound examination performed in the office demonstrates that the vein valves do not function correctly, insurance companies will pay for the cost of EVLT and/or microphlebectomy. Patients are responsible for the usual co-payments and deductible payments. Sclerotherapy (injection) is considered cosmetic and will not be paid for by insurance. Currently, most insurance companies do not cover the cost of prescription stockings. Call Jennifer at 859-277-5713 ext. 130 to discuss insurance coverage.
Q: How soon may I return to work or normal activities?
Patients may return to work within one to two days, if desired. After the endovenous laser procedure, patients must wear prescription stockings for one month. They are advised to avoid heavy lifting, straining and workouts for one month because those activities will decrease the success of the procedure. After microphlebectomy, patients may also return to work within one to two days without significant restrictions, and they are advised to wear compression stockings for two weeks to prevent swelling after the procedure.