Do you suffer from:
- varicose veins
- spider veins
- tired, achy legs
- leg pain or discomfort
- swollen legs
- burning, itching skin
- skin discoloration
- skin ulcer
If you do, then VEINatlanta can help solve your problems. The key is to understand the cause of venous disease: venous reflux, also called chronic venous insufficiency.
Frequently Asked Questions about Vein Conditions
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted, blue veins that are close to the surface of the skin. Because valves in them are damaged, they hold more blood at higher pressure than normal. That forces fluid into the surrounding tissue, making the affected leg swell and feel heavy, achy, tired, painful, and fatigued. Skin symptoms include itching, burning, dryness, redness, and ulceration. Sometimes varicose veins can be present without symptoms. Eventually the veins get worse and symptoms develop. (See Varicose Veins)
What are spider veins and reticular veins?
They are smaller diseased veins. Phlebologists (vein specialists) categorize abnormal veins by their diameter: spider veins < 1mm, reticular veins > 1-3 mm, and varicose veins > 3mm. (See Spider Veins)
What causes varicose veins and spider veins?
Leg veins have hundreds of one way valves that direct venous blood up the leg toward the heart. When one or more of these valves “leak” gravity pulls blood back down the leg in reverse direction. This causes increased blood and pressure in the veins and surrounding tissue. This is called venous reflux or venous insufficiency.
What are the signs and symptoms of venous reflux?
The legs can ache, feel fatigued, tired, heavy, and painful. Swelling can occur. Symptoms can worsen after standing or sitting for an extended time. Skin itching, burning, redness, dryness, discoloration, and ulceration can also occur.
Who is at risk for varicose veins?
Risk factors include family history, age, female gender, pregnancies, vocations that require prolonged standing or sitting, obesity, and a history of past vein disease (such DVT).
Why treat varicose veins?
The decision to treat varicose veins is based on relieving symptoms, restoring health to the legs, improving circulation, and improving their appearance. Treating varicose veins and venous reflux will prevent more advanced problems, such as permanent skin discoloration and skin ulceration. It may help reduce the chance of superficial venous thrombosis (painful blood clots), and deep venous thrombosis (DVT-a dangerous medical condition). It will also help prevent the recurrence of varicose veins and spider veins.
Is treatment covered by insurance?
In most cases, venous reflux treatment is covered by insurance. Coverage is ultimately determined by the insurance carrier policies, the finding of the ultrasound examination, the patient history, and physical examination.
Is treatment painful?
All treatments at VEINatlanta are done in the office using local anesthesia. Expect for the pinch of the fine needle used to numb the skin, there is no pain or discomfort. Post procedure pain medication is rarely necessary.
How quickly can I resume activities?
Walking is encouraged after treatment. Normal daily activities can be resumed the same day. Light exercise can be resumed in 3 days, and strenuous exercise in 7-10 days.
How quickly will I notice improvement?
Most symptoms resolve within a few days to weeks after radiofrequency ablation, also known as radiofrequency closure. The tiny incisions of ambulatory micro-phlebectomy heal over a few weeks. Spider veins can take several weeks to months to fade away.