How long does a vein treatment last?
Procedures take approximately 30 minutes but you can expect to be in the office for one hour.
Will my vein treatment be covered by insurance?
Most procedures are covered by insurance. We have a dedicated team that works on obtaining insurance approval. It can take up to six to eight weeks to get approval.
Is there any scarring, bruising or swelling following procedures?
Patients report minimal to no scarring, bruising or swelling following procedures.
How soon after treatment will my symptoms improve?
Most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms one to two weeks following the procedure.
How quickly after treatment can I return to normal activities?
Patients can resume normal activities immediately. For a few weeks following the treatment, your doctor may recommend a regular walking regimen and suggest you refrain from very strenuous activities (heavy lifting, for example) or prolonged periods of standing.
What are the risks associated with my procedures?
As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with vein treatments. All patients should consult their doctors to determine if their conditions present any special risks. Your physician will review potential complications of the procedures at the consultation, and can be reviewed in the safety summary. Potential complications can include: vessel perforation, thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, phlebitis, hematoma, infection, paresthesia (numbness or tingling) and/or skin burn.
What happens to the treated vein left behind in the leg?
The vein simply becomes fibrous tissue after treatment. Over time, the vein will gradually dissolve into the surrounding tissue.
What preventative measures can I take?
Lifestyle changes often are the first treatment for varicose veins. These changes can prevent varicose veins from getting worse, reduce pain and delay other varicose veins from forming. Lifestyle changes include:
- Avoid standing or sitting for long periods without taking a break. When sitting, avoid crossing your legs. Keep your legs raised when sitting, resting, or sleeping.
- Do physical activities to get your legs moving and improve muscle tone.
- If you’re overweight or obese, try to lose weight.
- Avoid wearing tight clothes, especially those that are tight around your waist, groin (upper thighs), and legs.
- Avoid wearing high heels for long periods.
- Wear support socks or hose when standing for long periods of time.