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Your 5 Common Vein Treatment Questions Answered

March 9, 2017
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If you’re unfamiliar with vein disease, knowing the warning signs and treatment options is extremely important to staying ahead of any serious conditions or symptoms. Having questions about your veins is normal and being proactive about these questions can be valuable towards your overall health and well-being.

To help ease the nervousness that can sometimes surround looking into treatment for your veins, our own VCA doctor, Dr. Satish Vayuvegula, MD, helped answer some of the most common questions about vein treatment.

  1. How do I know if my veins need to be treated? Symptoms of vein disease may be visible to the naked eye and may also occur internally in your legs, hands and face. What is often initially perceived as a cosmetic issue can turn into a major health issue if left untreated.[1] Symptoms of heaviness, throbbing, swelling, itchiness, restlessness or fatigue are all possible signs of vein disease.
  1. Is there anything I can do to help prevent vein disease before it starts? Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help prevent vein disease. Exercising on a regular basis to help blood flow in the veins and having a healthy body weight are two important preventative actions one can take.[2],[3]
  1. What are the possible ways to treat vein disease, and which treatment is best for me? Since each patient is different and has different levels of disease, individual vein treatment plans depend on the severity of your vein problems and progression of the disease.[4] Two common treatments are endovenous thermal ablation and sclerotherapy. To find the best option for your specific concerns, set up a FREE* consultation with your local Vein Clinics of America doctor who can provide you with a personalized treatment plan.
  1. What are the side effects of vein treatment? After receiving endovenous thermal ablation or sclerotherapy, one can usually resume day-to-day activities shortly after each session. Discomfort and bruising are the most common side effects; however they usually go away a few days to several weeks after treatment.[5] It’s important to note that every patient is different and we encourage you to speak with your doctor about complications and risks associated with vein disease treatment.
  1. What happens after I get my veins treated? Treating your vein disease can relieve pain and help with your overall, long-term health.[6] At Vein Clinics of America, we have a follow-up program that is designed specifically for each patient to ensure successful, long-term results.

If you have more questions about vein disease, our Vein Clinics of America website has a page dedicated to frequently asked questions. Learn about different veins diseases, treatment options and more here.

*Due to legal constraints, this free consultation offer cannot be extended to Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries, or other recipients of federal or state health care benefit programs. Offer expires December 31, 2017. Consultation must occur on or before December 31, 2017. This offer valid at all VCA locations. New patients only.  One free consultation per person during promotional period. Not redeemable for cash.

[1] Bowers, E. S. (2015, October). The Best Ways to Treat Varicose Veins. Retrieved from http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/best-ways-treat-varicose-veins/.

[2] (2015, November). Venous Insufficiency. Retrieved from http://www.healthline.com/health/venous-insufficiency#Prevention6.

[3] Forrestal, M. and Neuhardt, D. (2014). Fundamentals of Phlebology, third edition.

[4] Bowers, E. S. (2015, October). The Best Ways to Treat Varicose Veins. Retrieved from http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/best-ways-treat-varicose-veins/.

[5] (2016, November). Sclerotherapy. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/sclerotherapy/details/risks/cmc-20167809.

[6] Untreated Conditions. Retrieved from http://www.phlebology.org/patient-information/conditions-treatments/untreated-conditions.

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