They are not just a cosmetic problem. If left untreated, varicose veins can sometimes progress to a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
If you have any of the following signs or symptoms you should see a vein specialist to learn more and to determine if you are a candidate for treatment:
Have you always thought varicose veins and spider veins are one-in-the-same? Are you hesitant about getting your varicose veins treated because you think the procedure is cosmetic and not covered by insurance? It’s time to separate fact from fiction.
Though often considered a cosmetic nuisance, varicose veins can sometimes progress to a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). If not treated, CVI can result in increasingly serious signs and symptoms, including leg pain, swelling, restlessness, skin damage and ulcers. If you think you have varicose veins or CVI, make an appointment today to learn about minimally-invasive treatment options.
Spider veins and varicose veins are both caused by dysfunctional vein valves. However, spider veins appear as a nest of blue or red veins just under the skin’s surface, but typically do not bulge above the surface like varicose veins. Varicose veins should be diagnosed and treated by a vein specialist to avoid progression to CVI, while spider veins are generally regarded as a cosmetic issue.
Men can develop varicose veins as well as more severe symptoms of CVI. In fact, 43 percent of men are expected to develop some form of venous disease by the time they reach their 60s.
Treatment of varicose veins is covered by most insurance plans. Check with your individual insurance provider before seeking treatment.
Varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) can affect anyone; gender and age are factors that may increase your risk. These conditions also tend to be more prevalent in women who have been pregnant, people who have a family history of CVI, or those whose jobs require them to spend a great deal of time standing.
Symptoms of CVI can worsen if left untreated. CVI signs and symptoms include swelling, fatigue, restlessness and pain in the legs, skin changes and ulcers.
This pictures shows results of Venefit™ procedure treatment only. Cosmetic improvements may occur sooner with adjunctive procedures. *Individual results may vary. Photo courtesy of Vein Institute of the North Shore, Beverly, MA.
One of the procedures we perform is the Venefit procedure. This procedure is our preferred endoluminal ablation technique at Upstate University Hospital which is a minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency ablation (heat) to seal off the affected vein, so blood gets re-routed to other veins. The procedure is covered by most insurance plans and allows for a short recovery and a quick return to everyday activities.