Varicose Vein FAQs

 

How do I know if I have varicose veins?

The easiest way to know if you have varicose veins is to look at pictures and see if your legs look the legs in the pictures. See the gallery here.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Pain, swelling, edema, throbbing, aching, tingling, itching, heat, inflammation, dermatitis, skin changes, ulceration, bleeding.

Are varicose veins dangerous?

Yes and no. The majority of patients with varicose veins never have a serious medical complication. However, some people with varicose veins get complications such as phlebitis, skin changes like dermatitis or lipodermatosclerosis, which if left untreated can progress to ulceration. 

What kind of doctor is the best for treating varicose veins?

Hmm the best doctor for varicose veins, well that depends. The best doctor is the one that puts your interest ahead of his or her own. Anyone can laser a vein shut, and lots of doctors with marginal ethics do it because it makes money for them. But the best doctor does it only when it will help you! See the Florida Attorney General's consumer protection statement about varicose vein surgery: http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/main/badedf0c6d7a889885256cc9006958a7!opendocument

What is the best treatment for varicose veins?

That depends on the severity of your disease and your symptoms. Treatment can range from doing nothing, to wearing compression hose, to injection sclerotherapy, to endovenous ablation with micro-phlebectomy.

What will the treatment cost?

At Symmetry Vascular Center we get 95% of our patients’ treatment covered by their insurance or Medicare plans. Out of pocket expenses depend on your deductibles and co-pays.

Does the procedure hurt?

Well, yes, to be honest the needles to inject the local anesthetic do hurt a bit, but the area goes numb very quickly. You will take some valium and non-narcotic pain killer ahead of time to get you in the right mood. Patients often say that it was nothing compared to going to the dentist :). 

What is the down time?

We would typically do your procedure on a Thursday or Friday morning. We recommend that you have kind of a quiet weekend, we do a post-op check on Monday and if everything is ok, then you can go back to work if you want. The only restriction is no vigorous exercise for 2 weeks. Walking is good for you and is recommended even the day of the procedure. You can resume activities like golf, 2-4 days post-op. 

Will I miss work?

Most people can go back to work 2-4 days after laser ablation. If you want time off or have a physically demanding job more time off is ok.

When will I look and feel better?

You will feel better within a few days of surgery. It will take 6-8 weeks to get a final result appearance-wise.

Will the veins come back?

Varicose veins come back in 5-10% of patients. They usually show up years after ablation and can occur for a variety of reasons. The better your surgeon understands the complexity of venous disease, the more likely you will have a successful outcome.