Vein health: No pain, plenty to gain
January 26, 2015
Latest varicose vein treatments are now more effective than ever
The National Institutes of Health estimates 60 percent of all men and women have some form of vein disorder, the most common being varicose veins. For decades, vein stripping was the primary treatment technique for improving these unsightly areas of the legs.
Fortunately, vein stripping is now a thing of the past. Today, there are virtually pain-free treatments done on an outpatient basis that require little time for recovery. They are safe, effective and changing the lives of thousands of Americans every year.
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVTA)
EVTA uses Duplex ultrasound technology to help guide a thin laser fiber that delivers pulsed heat to the diseased vein wall. This causes the vein to close and eliminates venous reflux at its source. The minimally-invasive procedure allows for a very quick recovery.
Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy and chemical ablation (EVCA) precisely guides injections into faulty veins we can’t see underneath the skin. A targeted approach made possible by the use of sophisticated ultrasound equipment, the method accurately delivers foam to the exact location of the venous reflux, blocking off the vein and allowing the deeper venous systems to take over the blood flow. This effective treatment also brings little downtime and requires no anesthesia.
Post treatment, insurance
Since there is no cure for vein disease, a comprehensive treatment plan will be given to you before your first procedure so you will know what to expect in treatment and follow up. Additionally, wearing graduated compression stockings after each procedure is an important part of achieving positive outcomes. Physician-directed walking activity following the treatment is also required for beneficial results. Medicare and some insurance plans may reimburse for certain medically-necessary venous conditions. The guidelines are strict, however, and many insurers expect patients to wear medical compression stockings for three months before medical vein procedures. Some will only cover a procedure if the patient’s “activities of daily living” are affected. Some examples include the condition hampering exercise or work; the pain, cramping and restless legs causing insomnia; or the condition compromising a person’s ability to walk normally at home and work.
A screening and ultrasound by a trained vein expert is the first step to understanding your medical needs and insurance coverage or financial obligations.
For more information about the latest treatments for your varicose veins and spider veins or to schedule a vein checkup, visit Morrison Vein, call 480-860-6455 or email the Morrison Vein Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vein health self check:
Vein disease is one of the most overlooked health concerns in the U.S. Here are a few self-assessments that can help you decide if it’s time to see a specialist.
- A “leg up” strategy: Do your legs ache when you stand? But do they feel a lot better after your feet are raised above your head for a few minutes? Even if you are not diagnosed with vein disease, pay attention to how much lighter your legs might feel after you do this. It could help you understand how tired your legs truly feel on any given day.
- Color keys: Watch leg color. Do your legs have red splotches or other color changes around the ankles? Also, consider ulcers or open sores a major red flag.
- The touch factor: Itchy legs can also be a symptom of vein disease.This doesn’t mean that every dermatologic rash is a symptom. It can, however, indicate poor venous circulation; vein disease can be treated and relieve various symptoms. So if you find yourself scratching your legs more often, combined with other symptoms like throbbing and dull, aching pains, you may consider a vein check-up.
For an in-depth self-check, take the #vFree (vein disease free) Questionnaire.