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Get answers to your frequently asked questions about vein disease, varicose veins, treatment options, how to pay for treatment and much more. Browse the topics below to educate yourself about vein disease and how to best prepare for your visit to Vein Clinics of America.

Questions on insurance & payment options:

What types of insurance do you take?
  

We work hard to provide services to patients with many different insurance providers. Each clinic accepts its own list of insurance providers. It’s best to give us a call so we can help answer specific questions about your insurance needs. We’re here to help.

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How can I pay for my visits and treatments?
  

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are valuable benefits to help pay for medical expenses. Reimbursable FSA and HSA expenses cover a variety of health-related treatments. We also have other financing options, such as Care Credit and the Help Card, or you may use your FSA.

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Are your treatments covered by insurance?
  

In most cases, medically necessary treatments can be covered by insurance. However, it’s best to verify coverage and treatment options directly with your local clinic.

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Questions on your visit:

What are your hours?
  

Each of our clinics has a unique set of hours. For up-to-date hours, it’s best to check our clinic pages for official hours of operation.

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What days are you open?
  

Most of our clinics are open Monday through Friday. Some of our clinics operate on Saturdays. It’s best to check our clinic pages for official days of operation.

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What if I need to reschedule or cancel my appointment?
  

Please give us a call at 844.423.8346, 48 hours in advance, and we can help you with your appointment.

What forms are needed for visits?
  

New patients must complete a few forms to help us get to know you better. You can click on the following link to download and fill out all forms prior to your visit: Patient Forms & Guidelines.

Questions on our physicians:

What is a phlebologist?
  

A phlebologist is a medical specialist who diagnoses and treats venous disorders.

What type of training do the providers at Vein Clinics of America have?
  

Experience matters. Varicose vein disease can be very complex, and each patient is unique. VCA providers have been successfully treating vein disorders since 1981.  Our unique approach to treating vein disease allows us to meet the specific needs of each patient – from the largest varicose vein to the smallest spider vein. Our providers are dedicated to making patients feel at ease throughout the process. They will thoroughly evaluate your condition, discuss the details of your situation so you feel comfortable, and present you with a treatment plan that works best for you.

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How do you test for vein disease?
  

VCA physicians take the time to thoroughly evaluate an ultrasound map of your veins to identify any refluxing veins that may be causing your symptoms. Depending on the results of this assessment, you may be presented with a treatment plan that can include one or several advanced treatments—sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation (RFA), endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and endovenous adhesive ablation (EAA). We advise our patients to plan on spending 60-90 minutes in the office.

Learn more about our minimally-invasive approach to vein treatment.

Questions on vein disease, varicose veins and more:

Are varicose, spider, and/or bulging veins dangerous?
  

Varicose veins are progressive in nature and if left untreated can get worse over time. Varicose veins can lead to more serious health problems, such as deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that forms in a deep vein. Additionally, if left untreated, vein disease could lead to uncomfortable swelling, skin ulcers, and other serious complications.

Learn more about the dangers of leaving varicose veins untreated.

Are varicose veins hereditary?
  

Vein disease is caused by many factors, one of which is genetics. If someone in your family has a history of varicose veins, venous ulcers or other venous disorders such as spider veins, there is a much higher chance that you will get them.

Are varicose, spider, and/or bulging veins permanent?
  

Vein disease is progressive and does not normally resolve without treatment.  If left untreated, uncomfortable swelling as a result of increased pressure in your veins can occur. Over time, fluid can leak into the tissues of the leg that can cause skin to become hard or darker in color (hyperpigmentation). Long periods of swelling and skin changes can also cause skin to breakdown, resulting in an open sore called a venous ulcer. Venous ulcers will not permanently heal unless the underlying vein disease is treated.

What are the differences between varicose and spider veins?
  

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted, blue colored vessels that bulge just under the skin. They usually develop in the legs and can form in other areas of the body. Spider veins (or telangiectasias) are a visible cluster of small, red, blue or purple vessels just below the surface of the skin that commonly appear on the thighs, ankles, and calves.

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How serious is vein disease?
  

Vein disease occurs when unhealthy valves cause the blood to flow in the wrong direction. This condition can worsen with time and may cause circulatory issues, blood clots, skin ulcers and complex leg issues and discomfort.

What causes varicose and/or spider veins?
  

Vein disease can be caused by many different factors, including genetics, obesity, and pregnancy.  Symptoms can be aggravated by standing or sitting for long periods of time.

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Is there anything I can do to help prevent vein disease before it starts?
  

There’s no way to completely prevent vein disease. However, improving your blood circulation and muscle tone may reduce your risk of developing varicose veins. Some common ways to help reduce risk include exercising, elevating your legs, eating a healthy diet and wearing compression stockings.

What are the symptoms of vein disease?
  

Symptoms of vein disease may include pain, aching, cramping, swelling, throbbing, heaviness, fatigue, itching and restlessness.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we strongly encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our providers today.

When should I be concerned about my varicose or spider veins?
  

Vein disease can cause mild to moderate pain as well as other symptoms. If left untreated, it can cause more serious conditions such as blood clots and venous ulcers (open sores on the skin).

Who is at risk for varicose veins?
  

You have a higher risk of developing varicose veins if you:

  • Have family members with the condition
  • Are female (Women are 2 ½ times more likely to have vein disease than men)
  • Are over 30 years of age
  • Have a job where you sit or stand for long periods of time
  • Are pregnant or have had a child

Questions on vein treatment:

Which treatment is best for me?
  

Each person’s vein condition is different, which is the reason VCA physicians create a custom treatment plan for each patient. VCA providers will take the time to thoroughly evaluate your veins using ultrasound to identify the unhealthy veins. Depending on the results of this assessment, you will be presented with a treatment plan that may include one or several advanced treatments—sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation (RFA), endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) or endovenous adhesive ablation (EAA).

What are the side effects of vein treatment?
  

Common side effects after most procedures include bruising, swelling, redness or skin discoloration, and discomfort.

Which treatment is best for varicose veins? Spider veins?
  

Vein disease treatment plans are as unique as each patient is. VCA providers will take the time to thoroughly evaluate your veins using ultrasound to identify the unhealthy veins. Based on this assessment, you will be presented with a treatment plan that can include various treatment options.

What treatments can I do at home to prevent vein disease?
  

There are no home remedies for treating vein disease but you can help ease uncomfortable symptoms by wearing compression stockings and elevating your legs.

 

How does Endovenous Laser or Radiofrequency Treatment actually work?
  

Our expert physicians will insert a small fiber into the unhealthy vein using ultrasound guidance. Consistent and uniform heat is delivered to contract collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and close, thus redirecting the blood to healthy veins. The entire procedure takes less than an hour, and the recovery is rapid.

Learn more about Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA).

Learn more about Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment (RFA).

How should I prepare for vein treatment?
  

Do not skip any meals prior to your treatment and consider bringing a snack with you on the day of treatment. Drink plenty of fluids. Take your medications as prescribed. Bring comfortable shorts.  Bring your compression stockings. Feel free to bring a mobile device/earphones to listen to music or read during the treatment.

Are the treatments or surgeries painful? Are they safe?
  

Everyone’s pain tolerance is different.  Our providers frequently assess your level of pain throughout the procedure to make sure you are as comfortable as possible.

While varicose vein treatment involves minimally invasive procedures with a high success rate and low risk of complications, there are always risks associated with any medical procedure. Be sure to share your medical history, allergies, and all medications, including supplements or vitamins, you take and ask your provider about possible complications or side effects of treatment.

What might prevent me from receiving treatment?
  

You cannot usually receive vein disease treatment during pregnancy. If you are breastfeeding you may receive treatment after certain precautions are taken. Compression stockings are frequently recommended during pregnancy, and we can provide follow up after the child is born. Your provider can discuss the options with you if you have any health conditions which may preclude you from receiving treatment.

Please consult with your physician regarding your specific situation.

What happens after the treatment?
  

We recommend moving around and resuming normal activities after treatment. Depending on the treatment, you will be prescribed compression stockings. Be sure to take your medications as instructed by your provider to help with any discomfort. You may expect bruising after treatment – this typically lasts for about three weeks.

What is the down time, recovery time from treatment or surgery?
  

There is usually little to no downtime associated with treatment. Treatments are typically completed within an hour and most people return to normal activities the same day since hospitalization is not part of normal treatment.

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