Following are some of our most frequently asked questions. If the information you need is not listed below, please submit your question to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 866 GRT LEGS.
Where do spider veins come from?
Spider veins may be triggered by pregnancy or hormonal variations and sometimes result in itching, restless leg and minor aches and pains. Although surface veins are mainly a cosmetic problem, they can also be an indication of more serious vein disease deep below the surface.
What causes varicose veins?
The actual cause of varicose veins is inefficient, faulty vein valves. These valves don’t close properly, allowing blood to leak back with gravity and pool in the vein. This causes the veins to bulge and stretch and result in many unpleasant side effects such as aching and throbbing pain, heavy and tired legs, and poor circulation.
Are varicose veins hereditary?
Heredity is a primary factor in over 80% of varicose vein cases. Other aggravating factors may include pregnancy, obesity, hormone therapy, standing or sitting for long periods of time and injury.
What can I do to prevent varicose veins?
While you cannot entirely prevent varicose veins, there are quite a few ways to improve your vein health. Physical activity, such as walking, swimming or cycling, is a wonderful way to pump blood up the leg against gravity to improve circulation. Compression hose also helps improve circulation by preventing blood from pooling in the leg veins.
Do you have consultations to determine what procedures are needed?
Yes, this is the first step to tailoring a treatment plan that is right for you. During your initial visit, the affected areas will be examined to determine if a Doppler Duplex Ultrasound Scan will be necessary. Once the appropriate treatments have been determined, we will review the costs and other relevant details with you to ensure you are fully informed.
Will insurance cover my treatments?
Insurance will reimburse a percentage of the treatment cost if there is a documented problem of venous insufficiency. If you have a medical problem and if you receive a positive result from a Doppler Duplex Ultrasound Scan, we can provide the diagnostic and procedure codes for pre-certification by your insurance company. It is important to note that each insurance company reimburses different amounts for these treatments. We will work with you to ensure you receive the most reimbursement possible.
Is the use of hot tubs good for my veins?
Following a hot bath, you are more likely to feel uncomfortable, not relieved of symptoms. That’s because exposure to heat causes veins to dilate and become larger. In order to maintain venous function, vein size needs to remain consistent.
Five years ago, I had vein stripping performed in both legs. But now the veins are back. Why? What do I need to do now?
Unfortunately, vein stripping does not treat the source of the varicose veins, so there is still venous reflux in your saphenous system. In order to treat the recurring vein problems and eliminate the problem vein, we recommend ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. Before this is performed, our partners, CompuDiagnostics, will perform a Doppler Duplex Ultrasound Scan to find the exact source of the reflux and determine the number of treatments needed.
I’ve been told I need vein stripping to treat the large varicose veins in my lower legs. Is this what you would recommend?
To find the best treatment for you, we would like to perform an initial evaluation, and then if needed, a Doppler Duplex Ultrasound Scan. As for vein stripping, we do not perform this procedure, as it is very invasive and often does not treat the venous reflux at its source. Instead, we offer a variety of alternatives including VNUS ClosureT and Endovenous Laser Ablation. These procedures are extremely effective in eliminating unhealthy veins – with little or no discomfort and downtime. For more information about these procedures, please visit our Treatments section.
Why do I need to get an ultrasound scan?
The first step in finding the right treatment for damaged veins is finding its source. A Doppler Duplex Ultrasound Scan provides a visual window, revealing the diseased, refluxing veins beneath the skin’s surface. With this diagnostic capability, we can pinpoint the exact cause of varicose veins and customize a treatment plan for each individual patient – and each damaged vein. Because the problem is dealt with at its source, the treatments are quicker, more effective and less painful than traditional methods, such as vein stripping.
If I’ve had my veins treated, how often should I come in for a follow-up?
We recommend regular follow-up visits because vein disease is progressive, and there is no cure. However, there are ways to minimize symptoms and increase your overall health by reducing the number of varicose veins in your legs. Call our offices to schedule your follow-up scans.
Why do I have to wear compression hose?
The addition of compression hose is regarded by many vein specialists as one of the most important advances in the treatment of venous disease. Compression hose have been proven effective when used for preventative care, during treatment, and for long-term therapy after treatment. Graduated compression prevents blood from pooling in the leg veins, thereby helping overall circulation. Compression is greatest at the ankle, gradually decreasing up the leg. There are many different styles, textures and colors for both men and women, so you can find the stockings that are best for you – and your recovery.