Many men and women experience varicose veins. However, there are a number of myths about the treatment options and the condition itself. However, the vein doc at Metro Vein Centers can help dispel some of the common myths about the condition.
Myth 1: Varicose Veins Are Only a Cosmetic Issue
Many people believe that varicose veins aren’t dangerous or health concern. They simply believe they are unsightly. However, varicose veins can cause swelling, restless leg syndrome, aching legs, and pain. The symptoms can directly affect the quality of life and daily activities.
Varicose veins can also become dangerous if they remain untreated. The varicose vein is caused when the blood begins to pool in the veins, unable to return to the heart because of the lack of strength. Unfortunately, when the blood begins to pool in the veins, it is more likely to clot. This is called superficial phlebitis and can be extremely painful. It can even lead to deep vein thrombosis or DVT, which requires immediate medical attention.
Varicose veins can also be the signs of a serious disease called chronic venous disease. The other symptoms include discoloration of the skin, especially around the calf and ankle. The varicose veins begin to leak the pooling blood into the lower leg and ankle. It can cause ulcers of the skin.
Myth #2: You Can’t Prevent Varicose Veins
Varicose veins can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise, especially strengthening the calves, keep the feet elevated and wearing supportive hose. Some people inherit venous insufficiency, but most people should be able to prevent varicose veins.
It’s also important to wear clothing that does not constrict the legs, groin, or waist. You should also not wear high heels or cross your legs when you are sitting, which can prevent proper blood flow. The
Myth 3: Insurance Won’t Cover Treatment for Varicose Veins
The medical condition is often covered by insurance, especially when there are pain and swelling because of the condition. The laser vein ablations and radiofrequency ablations are often covered by health insurance companies, but you should check your policy and your insurance provider.
Myth 4: Treatment for Varicose Veins is Very Painful
Advanced treatments for varicose veins like radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, and sclerotherapy treatments only require a few hours to recover completely. The treatments are often only an hour and only cause minor discomfort.
The vein doc Dr. Krista Bannon suggests that the body is able to reroute the blood through healthy veins after using ablation treatments. The treatments at Metro Vein Centers are considered minimally invasive and don’t require stitches, surgery, or even general anesthesia.
Metro Vein Centers
Metro Vein Centers provides treatment in a number of different locations across New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Texas, and Pennsylvania. All of the physicians are recognized by the American Medical Association for their treatment of vein disorders and specifically their treatment of varicose veins. They are also members of the American College of Phlebology, which is considered the premier society for vein doctors and specialists. They are nationally recognized for their treatments of vein disease. They use cutting edge technology to diagnose and treat vein disease. The painless procedures are completed in the office and are considered out-patient procedures. They don’t require too much downtime, though you should speak with your physician to discuss a personalized treatment plan.
Dr. Krista Bannon is a board-certified surgeon who has quickly become a leader in her field. She completed her residency at the Providence Hospital and Health System in Michigan, where she trained as the chief vascular resident.