Frequently Asked Questions
Vein Disease FAQs
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are most often swollen, gnarled veins that most frequently occur in the legs, ankles and feet. Varicose veins are veins with incompetent valves which are elongated, dilated, tortuous, pouched and thickened. They are produced by a condition known as venous insufficiency or venous reflux, in which blood circulating through the lower limbs does not properly return to the heart but instead pools up in the distended veins.
What causes varicose veins?
In veins that function normally, blood flows to the heart and valves within the vein prevent the blood from flowing backward. A varicose vein occurs when the valves do not completely seal and blood begins to seep back the other way. Blood pools in the vein, increasing venous pressure and weakening the vein wall. Over time, this causes leg swelling and permutation of the superficial vein.
Are varicose veins preventable?
While there is no way to completely prevent varicose veins and other venous diseases, you can make some measures to help drive optimum vein health. Be active. Low to moderate impact aerobic activity such as walking, cycling, jogging and swimming are easy ways to get blood flowing and improve circulation. If you are experiencing some mild symptoms already, the use of compression hose can prevent blood from pooling in the leg veins.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins, also known medically as telangiectasias or venulactasias, are the mildest manifestation of venous insufficiency. They are small, often tangled groups of tiny blood vessels that appear as thin veins visible below the surface of the skin. They are generally red, blue or purple and typically appear on thighs, lower legs and the face. As their name suggests, they usually appear in a pattern similar to a spider web or tree branches. Spider veins can sometimes cover a large area of skin, but are a cosmetic issue that rarely cause physical symptoms. Nearly one-third of women and a quarter of the male population have spider veins on their body.
What causes spider veins?
Spider veins are thin vessels directly connected with the larger venous system, and like varicose veins are caused by venous reflux. Spider veins may be isolated or associated with "feeder" veins or or with larger, underlying varicose veins. They are easily diagnosed and typically have one of 3 Distinct Patterns: Sunburst or Spider Web from a central point, a tree-branch pattern, or a more linear grouping of singular lines known as "matting." Even in the absence of physical discomfort, it is important to find the source of the issue. Dr. Simon takes great care to address stopping the development of new spider veins then addressing the cosmetic solution for existing clusters.
Are spider veins preventable?
While they are not preventable, there are some measures that you can take to help aid in healthy blood flow. Exercise, weight loss, the use of compression hose and wearing flat shoes are thought to reduce the instance of spider veins. Treatments are non-invasive or minimally invasive and require very little recovery time.
Vein Treatment FAQs
How do you diagnose vein disease?
Diagnosis of vein disease is done at the institute by vein expert, Dr. Irwin Simon. During your initial consultation, Dr. Simon will perform an external examination of your problem areas, discuss your symptoms and use ultrasound to view vein and valve function.
How do you determine which treatment is best for me?
Because each type of veinous issue is different, great care is taken to achieve precision diagnosis. Dr. Simon has treated thousands of patients suffering from a variety of vein issues and understands that treating the underlying cause of the issue versus simply treating symptoms has better results.
What is Venefit (VNUS) Closure Procedure?
The Venefit™ (VNUS Closure™) Procedure, is a non-surgical alternative for treating varicose veins. During the procedure, radiofrequency (RF) energy is used to heat and contract the collagen found inside vein walls, causing the vein to collapse and seal shut. After the vein closes, blood then naturally reroutes to healthy veins. Patients who undergo this non-invasive treatment see improved skin appearance and reduced health risks related to large varicose veins.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is performed by injecting an irritant directly into the spider vein. By injecting this medication into the vein, it will shrink down in size. Often times, patients will notice immediate relief of physical symptoms and the vein will no longer be noticeable under the skin.
Can closing or removing veins harm me?
Most veinous diseases occur when blood flows backwards against the normal flow. This is a burden on your circulatory system. My eliminating or closing affected vessels, your body is able to naturally reroute blood flow though healthy vessels and improve your body's circulation.
What happens to a vein after it has been treated?
With non-invasive treatments, the affected veins are closed and over time, absorbed by your body.
Are there any dangerous side effects to treatment?
While not likely, any procedure poses potential risks. Complications resulting from treatment are rare. Patients typically experience some mild discomfort and bruising.
How effective is treatment on varicose veins?
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After treatment, how much "down" time will I need before returning to work?
While some post procedure rest might be necessary, most patients are able to walk immediately following treatment. In most cases, patients are able to return to work the following day. Normal activity may resume after 24 hours and return to an exercise regimen within a week.
Insurance And Payment FAQs
Does insurance cover the cost of vein treatments?
Vein treatment is often covered by most insurance plans. If you have specific questions about your coverage, our staff is happy to assist you. Click here or Call us at (702) 341-7608.
Can I use my (FSA) Flex Spending Account or (HSA) Health Spending Account to pay for treatment?
Your FSA and HSA can be used for qualifying medical expenses. For specific information about what your plan covers, please contact your plan administrator.