Varicose Vein FAQs
What conditions do you treat?
At Elitemedizin and Veins, Dr. Anne Luhan and her team treat venous insufficiency which causes varicose veins, spider veins, achy legs, swollen ankles, leg cramps, restless legs and even venous ulcers.
What are varicose veins?
It is VERY important to know that varicose veins are not just a cosmetic problem. They can be not only very painful, but life threatening. Your legs carry a network of veins. A healthy vein contains valves which open and close to assist the return of blood from the toes to the heart. Vein disease and varicose veins are caused by damaged or diseased valves which result in backward flow of blood in your legs. This condition is called venous reflux.
What are symptoms of varicose veins?
Symptoms: pain, achiness, a heavy feeling in the legs relieved by elevation, veins that bulge at the skin surface, itching, restless legs, discoloration of the legs near the ankles, a rash or skin opening on the ankles or lower legs.
Am I at risk?
Varicose Veins are largely hereditary. If your mother, father, grandmother had varicose veins you are at risk to develop them as well. The following scenarios may put you at risk as well: pregnancy, obesity, female hormones, prolonged periods of standing during the day, prolonged periods of sitting during the day
How are varicose veins diagnosed?
Venous Ultrasound is the Gold Standard for diagnosing diseased veins in your legs. Many people with vein disease don’t have any visible varicose veins and only the symptoms of vein disease. Ultrasound is non-invasive and clearly shows the diseased veins underneath the skin.
Don’t I need my veins?
Yes, veins are necessary for blood return from the legs to the heart. Venous ablation treats only the abnormal vein that is allowing blood to flow backwards. Since this vein has lost its ability to carry blood in the correct direction, it is no longer needed.
Is it painful?
The amount of energy delivered to the vein is actually very small and only affects the local vein wall. At Elitemedizin, we use local anesthesia (like your dentist), but nothing stronger is generally needed. Typically, patients feel better almost right away. As they walk out, they feel lighter, they no longer have that heavy pressure inside the veins.
Will insurance pay for my treatment?
Ultrasound evaluation and Endovenous thermal ablation are office-based procedures that are covered by Medicare and most major insurance carriers. Elitemedizin will work with you and your insurance carrier. Patients with a high deductible or choosing the cash option, are offered a bundled pricing of 20% off the Medicare rate.