Woman Doc
"There is absolutely no reason you should live with varicose or spider veins."


What causes varicose veins?
The basic cause of varicose veins is gravity. Non-varicose veins fight gravity by having valves that prevent blood from flowing backwards.
What causes spider veins?
Spider veins are small, surface veins that are red or blue and shaped like a spider web or tree branch.
How do I prevent varicose and spider veins?
Nothing can prevent varicose and spider veins for sure, but the following can improve your chances and reduce the symptoms caused by your existing varicose or spider veins
Compression Stockings
Compression stockings, along with lifestyle changes, are part of conservative therapy for varicose veins which many doctors will try first.
Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is the time-tested "gold standard" treatment for varicose and spider veins. It is a non-surgical procedure that can be performed in-office, in under an hour, and without anesthesia.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy is an advancement of sclerotherapy developed to treat varicose veins that are too large for traditional sclerotherapy or are hidden.
Microsclerotherapy
Microsclerotherapy is used for the smallest veins, such as spider veins.
Endovenous Laser Ablation
Endovenous Laser Ablation is a non-surgical method of treating varicose veins.
Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation
Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation is a non-surgical method of treating varicose veins.  A catheter is inserted into the vein and pulled along its route to seal it with heat. It treats the underlying veins that cause varicose veins without the side-effects of traditional surgery. VNUS Closure™ and VNUS ClosureFAST™ are two methods commonly in use.
Intense Pulsed Light
Intense Pulsed Light is a method for treating spider veins.  Light is directed on to the vein which causes it to heat up and collapse.  The vein turns into invisible scar tissue.
Laser Therapy
Laser Therapy is a method for treating spider veins and small varicose veins.  A laser is pulsed on to the targeted vein.  The laser heats the vein causing it to swell shut.  It then clots and eventually turns into invisible scar tissue.
Vein Stripping & Ligation
Surgical Stripping is a surgical procedure used to treat varicose veins.  It is performed under general anesthesia. Two incisions are made.  The vein is then tied off and removed.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

 


What are varicose veins?

The term varicose veins is used to describe everything from smaller, spider veins (red or blue veins on the surface of the skin) up to true varicose veins that are swollen, bulging veins with a rope like appearance. Varicose veins commonly affect almost 25% of women and 15% of men.


What are the signs of varicose veins?

Common symptoms are swelling in the legs, numbness in the legs, and aching pain, tired and heavy leg feeling, persistent itching or irritated rash on the legs, legs ulcers or open wounds that won't heal, bulging veins, or small, spider looking veins. You should always seek the advice of a doctor if any of these symptoms are present.


What causes varicose veins?

The exact cause of varicose veins is unknown but certain factors are known to increase your probability of having varicose veins. These include:

- Heredity
- Obesity
- Standing and sitting too long
- Leg Injury
- Crossing your legs
- Age


Can I prevent varicose veins from occurring?
 It is doubtful that varicose veins can be prevented but certain actions may limit the progress and symptoms. Routine exercise, maintaining a normal weight, avoiding long periods of sitting or standing, and using compression stockings may all help alleviate symptoms.


What are the treatment options for varicose and spider veins?
A variety of treatments are available to manage each vein condition. Determination of the appropriate treatment is best achieved by a trained vein specialitst. Current treatments available are:

Compression Stockings – Helps to reduce the swelling and increases circulation.

Sclerotherapy – A chemical solution is injected directly into the vein to close it down.

Endovenous Laser Treatments (EVLT) – Laser or radio waves are used to close off the vein so the body can clear it away like a scab or a bruise.

Vein Surgery – Rarely used except in certain cases where removal of the vein is the best solution.


How does the new, non-surgical technology vary from traditional treatment?
Traditional treatment of varicose veins consisted of physically cutting the veins out. New technology treatments are about 95% successful and have a low recurrence rate because you can treat all of the veins, not just the ones you can see.


How long does this treatment take?
Most procedures can be done in less than an hour and require 3-5 visits over a period of a few weeks to ensure successful treatment.


Will non-surgical treatment affect my everyday life?
There is virtually no downtime with these new procedures and you can go about your normal daily activities. You will probably experience less soreness after your procedure.


What happens if I don't have my varicose veins treated?
The pressure in the backflow of the blood in your legs will probably only get worse over time and it may result in the formation of new varicose or spider veins.


What is the cost of these treatments?
The cost of the treatments varies with the size of the job and the method of treatment prescribed.


Will my insurance pay for the treatments?

Insurance usually participates when the treatments are shown to be a medical necessity. However, sometimes the procedures are deemed only cosmetic and are not covered by Medicare or insurance providers. Consult your insurance carrier for more information.