varicose veins

Spider And Varicose Veins

Both spider and varicose veins are surface veins that become prominent and distended because the blood that should normally be circulating through the body has accumulated in the legs. This is symptomatic of the diseased legs insufficiency to push blood back up towards the heart.

Spider veins appear as thin surface veins and can turn red or blue under the strain caused by venous reflux. Spider veins affect the appearance of the skin on the legs and are therefore considered a cosmetic problem and not a medical condition since they rarely cause, or are associated with, other symptoms like physical discomfort. Typically, Spider veins are addressed using a variety of non-invasive techniques.

Varicose veins, unlike Spider veins, are a more serious manifestation of venous reflux disease and a medical condition that needs clinical attention. Varicose veins are often associated with clinical symptoms like throbbing, pain, muscle cramps, burning sensations and fatigue. The swollen varicose veins often protrude from the skin by several millimeters and can become tangled and knotted. Left untreated, varicose veins can also lead to leg ulcers, blood clots and other health conditions.

The treatment of varicose veins has been debated amongst physicians for over two thousand years. Hippocrates himself wrote about the condition in fifth century B.C. This debate brings into consideration the medical necessity for the treatment of the disorder. Under our modern healthcare system, health insurance complicates the matter of treatment options even more.

Most patients insurance or Medicare plans require that a treatment be deemed medically necessary before being covered by insurance. In order for a treatment to meet the definition of medical necessity a physician must determine that the treatment is required to either improve the patient’s health or protect their well being. Treatment options for conditions, which do not meet this definition, are often considered elective or cosmetic and therefore not covered by most insurance companies.

Treatment for varicose or spider veins that is aimed at improving the patient’s appearance is considered cosmetic. Nearly all procedures addressing spider veins will fall into this category because of the lack of other symptoms associated with the condition.

However, treatment for varicose veins when associated with symptoms like throbbing, pain, muscle cramps, burning sensations and fatigue or the advanced symptoms of venous reflux disease like skin ulcers and blood clots, are in fact treating a medical condition and are considered medically necessary. These symptoms can interfere with a patient’s ability to perform daily tasks, functions or work and will lead to more severe conditions without treatment. Treatment options for this type of varicose veins would be considered under most health insurance and Medicare plans.

There is one option however that is available to treat spider and varicose veins that is generally always covered up to applicable limits under a patient’s insurance plan. VNUS Closure, a procedure that is designed to treat and prevent the underlying venous reflux disease that causes spider and varicose veins, is considered medically necessary as it is rarely used for cosmetic reasons. Successful treatment of venous reflux disease with the VNUS Closure treatment option often improves the cosmetic appearance of the veins.

Spider And Varicose Veins

Both spider and varicose veins are surface veins that become prominent and distended because the blood that should normally be circulating through the body has accumulated in the legs. This is symptomatic of the diseased legs insufficiency to push blood back up towards the heart.

Spider veins appear as thin surface veins and can turn red or blue under the strain caused by venous reflux. Spider veins affect the appearance of the skin on the legs and are therefore considered a cosmetic problem and not a medical condition since they rarely cause, or are associated with, other symptoms like physical discomfort. Typically, Spider veins are addressed using a variety of non-invasive techniques.

Varicose veins, unlike Spider veins, are a more serious manifestation of venous reflux disease and a medical condition that needs clinical attention. Varicose veins are often associated with clinical symptoms like throbbing, pain, muscle cramps, burning sensations and fatigue. The swollen varicose veins often protrude from the skin by several millimeters and can become tangled and knotted. Left untreated, varicose veins can also lead to leg ulcers, blood clots and other health conditions.

The treatment of varicose veins has been debated amongst physicians for over two thousand years. Hippocrates himself wrote about the condition in fifth century B.C. This debate brings into consideration the medical necessity for the treatment of the disorder. Under our modern healthcare system, health insurance complicates the matter of treatment options even more.

Most patients insurance or Medicare plans require that a treatment be deemed medically necessary before being covered by insurance. In order for a treatment to meet the definition of medical necessity a physician must determine that the treatment is required to either improve the patient’s health or protect their well being. Treatment options for conditions, which do not meet this definition, are often considered elective or cosmetic and therefore not covered by most insurance companies.

Treatment for varicose or spider veins that is aimed at improving the patient’s appearance is considered cosmetic. Nearly all procedures addressing spider veins will fall into this category because of the lack of other symptoms associated with the condition.

However, treatment for varicose veins when associated with symptoms like throbbing, pain, muscle cramps, burning sensations and fatigue or the advanced symptoms of venous reflux disease like skin ulcers and blood clots, are in fact treating a medical condition and are considered medically necessary. These symptoms can interfere with a patient’s ability to perform daily tasks, functions or work and will lead to more severe conditions without treatment. Treatment options for this type of varicose veins would be considered under most health insurance and Medicare plans.

There is one option however that is available to treat spider and varicose veins that is generally always covered up to applicable limits under a patient’s insurance plan. VNUS Closure, a procedure that is designed to treat and prevent the underlying venous reflux disease that causes spider and varicose veins, is considered medically necessary as it is rarely used for cosmetic reasons. Successful treatment of venous reflux disease with the VNUS Closure treatment option often improves the cosmetic appearance of the veins.

Technology Offers New Options

For years, varicose veins were seen as an unavoidable side effect of getting old.  Varicose veins have been a topic of conversation for thousands of years. The Egyptian and Greek artist have portrayed them in their art and even Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, addressed the condition in his medical writings.  Varicose veins are a common medical problem affecting over 30 million people in the United States.  In fact, half of people over 50 suffer from varicose veins.

Varicose veins are caused when the valves in the vessels cannot return the blood back to the heart, causing the blood to pool in the legs. This condition is called venous reflux.  The valves in the legs can become weakened due to obesity, pregnancy or standing for long periods of time.  The accumulation of blood in the legs causes the ankles and calves to swell painfully.  Varicose veins can become so severe that the sufferer may have trouble walking and over time can develop skin ulcerations.  Varicose veins are a progressive disease that only gets worse over time.

For mild cases of varicose veins, compression stockings can alleviate the symptoms. For more advanced cases, an ultrasound is recommended to determine whether the patient has venous reflux. For many years vein stripping has been used to treat varicose veins. This procedure is done under general anesthetic and involves removing the damaged vein. Unfortunately this procedure may leave scars and usually involves a long painful recovery. In addition, the procedure may not completely resolve the problem.

Thankfully there are new technologies that are available now that are less invasive than vein stripping. These new procedures are performed under local anesthetic and involve the usage of catheters. The procedure is so effective that it usually requires less than an hour to perform.

Instead of removing the diseased vein, these procedures seal the vein by using heat. The physician makes a small incision near the knee and then inserts a thermal catheter. The process involves delivering heat to the vein walls, which then causes the veins to collapse and seal. Once the vein has collapsed, the body uses functional veins to route the blood, therefore restoring normal circulation.  Interestingly enough, the diseased vein becomes reabsorbed by the body and disappears within months.

While these laser and radiofrequency (RF) catheters work well, there is new state of the art technology that uses a device called VNUS ClosureFast to seal the vein quickly and painlessly. In clinical studies this groundbreaking procedure has been found to be 99% effective. This new technology has been found to be less painful for the patient, cause minimal recovery time and little bruising. The VNUS procedure is so noninvasive that patients can actually do it during their lunch hour.

Many patients notice that the pain in their legs improves immediately. While the swollen veins may not disappear completely, they can easily be addressed with simple cosmetic procedures such as sclerotheraphy. Most importantly, because healthy circulation is restored, skin ulcerations heal rapidly.

For many seniors, the prospect of facing vein stripping was enough to deter them from addressing their varicose veins. Thanks to the Closure-Fast procedure, this group of people can look forward to a future of healthy legs. While this procedure seems extravagant, it is a medical procedure that is often covered by most health insurance plans and even Medicare. In addition, the TRICARE military health plan and the VA also cover the varicose vein procedure. This groundbreaking procedure offers millions of American people a better quality of life that isn't hindered by painful varicose veins.

Technology Offers New Options

For years, varicose veins were seen as an unavoidable side effect of getting old.  Varicose veins have been a topic of conversation for thousands of years. The Egyptian and Greek artist have portrayed them in their art and even Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, addressed the condition in his medical writings.  Varicose veins are a common medical problem affecting over 30 million people in the United States.  In fact, half of people over 50 suffer from varicose veins.

Varicose veins are caused when the valves in the vessels cannot return the blood back to the heart, causing the blood to pool in the legs. This condition is called venous reflux.  The valves in the legs can become weakened due to obesity, pregnancy or standing for long periods of time.  The accumulation of blood in the legs causes the ankles and calves to swell painfully.  Varicose veins can become so severe that the sufferer may have trouble walking and over time can develop skin ulcerations.  Varicose veins are a progressive disease that only gets worse over time.

For mild cases of varicose veins, compression stockings can alleviate the symptoms. For more advanced cases, an ultrasound is recommended to determine whether the patient has venous reflux. For many years vein stripping has been used to treat varicose veins. This procedure is done under general anesthetic and involves removing the damaged vein. Unfortunately this procedure may leave scars and usually involves a long painful recovery. In addition, the procedure may not completely resolve the problem.

Thankfully there are new technologies that are available now that are less invasive than vein stripping. These new procedures are performed under local anesthetic and involve the usage of catheters. The procedure is so effective that it usually requires less than an hour to perform.

Instead of removing the diseased vein, these procedures seal the vein by using heat. The physician makes a small incision near the knee and then inserts a thermal catheter. The process involves delivering heat to the vein walls, which then causes the veins to collapse and seal. Once the vein has collapsed, the body uses functional veins to route the blood, therefore restoring normal circulation.  Interestingly enough, the diseased vein becomes reabsorbed by the body and disappears within months.

While these laser and radiofrequency (RF) catheters work well, there is new state of the art technology that uses a device called VNUS ClosureFast to seal the vein quickly and painlessly. In clinical studies this groundbreaking procedure has been found to be 99% effective. This new technology has been found to be less painful for the patient, cause minimal recovery time and little bruising. The VNUS procedure is so noninvasive that patients can actually do it during their lunch hour.

Many patients notice that the pain in their legs improves immediately. While the swollen veins may not disappear completely, they can easily be addressed with simple cosmetic procedures such as sclerotheraphy. Most importantly, because healthy circulation is restored, skin ulcerations heal rapidly.

For many seniors, the prospect of facing vein stripping was enough to deter them from addressing their varicose veins. Thanks to the Closure-Fast procedure, this group of people can look forward to a future of healthy legs. While this procedure seems extravagant, it is a medical procedure that is often covered by most health insurance plans and even Medicare. In addition, the TRICARE military health plan and the VA also cover the varicose vein procedure. This groundbreaking procedure offers millions of American people a better quality of life that isn't hindered by painful varicose veins.

Show Your Legs With Confidence

Vein problems are something that over 20 million American women suffer from. Vein problems do not only affect appearance, they can also lead to more complicated health problems.  Sometimes it is extremely easy to fix vein problems, and other times they can turn into a more complicated procedure. Your legs take you everywhere you need to be, and you want to keep them looking as good as possible and as pain free as you can for a long time.

Many times a patient that is suffering from varicose veins will be a 40-year-old female who spends a lot of time on her feet. The symptoms that go along with this problem can be anything from leg fatigue and heaviness, to swelling and outer skin changes. Not only can having varicose veins cause pain, it also can lead to disfigurement.

Varicose veins can be passed down from family genes, and can be found and treated very easily. For over ten years, doctors have been using ultrasound procedures to properly diagnose leg problems with very accurate results.

One method that is commonly used to treat this condition is to use radio frequencies. This uses a heat and sealing method that only takes minutes to complete. The entire time of this procedure is usually about one hour. A more specific treatment for varicose veins is Radio frequency ablation. This is when the medical professional will make a tiny puncture into the patients skin and place an RFA catheter directly into the affected veins. The patient will feel relief immediately, and this type of treatment has a 97% success rate.

There are many patients that will not require such extreme treatment, and can use at home remedies very easily. Varicose veins tend to happen when the valves that are located inside the veins cannot function properly. The amount of weight that is on the legs will start to cause this problem. Take some time to put your feet up throughout the day to let gravity do its job to help out. There are also compression stockings that can be purchased at any local store, though they do have a side effect of making people sweat. Many times, just getting all weight off of legs will help tremendously.

Show Your Legs With Confidence

Vein problems are something that over 20 million American women suffer from. Vein problems do not only affect appearance, they can also lead to more complicated health problems.  Sometimes it is extremely easy to fix vein problems, and other times they can turn into a more complicated procedure. Your legs take you everywhere you need to be, and you want to keep them looking as good as possible and as pain free as you can for a long time.

Many times a patient that is suffering from varicose veins will be a 40-year-old female who spends a lot of time on her feet. The symptoms that go along with this problem can be anything from leg fatigue and heaviness, to swelling and outer skin changes. Not only can having varicose veins cause pain, it also can lead to disfigurement.

Varicose veins can be passed down from family genes, and can be found and treated very easily. For over ten years, doctors have been using ultrasound procedures to properly diagnose leg problems with very accurate results.

One method that is commonly used to treat this condition is to use radio frequencies. This uses a heat and sealing method that only takes minutes to complete. The entire time of this procedure is usually about one hour. A more specific treatment for varicose veins is Radio frequency ablation. This is when the medical professional will make a tiny puncture into the patients skin and place an RFA catheter directly into the affected veins. The patient will feel relief immediately, and this type of treatment has a 97% success rate.

There are many patients that will not require such extreme treatment, and can use at home remedies very easily. Varicose veins tend to happen when the valves that are located inside the veins cannot function properly. The amount of weight that is on the legs will start to cause this problem. Take some time to put your feet up throughout the day to let gravity do its job to help out. There are also compression stockings that can be purchased at any local store, though they do have a side effect of making people sweat. Many times, just getting all weight off of legs will help tremendously.

Great Legs, We'll Make It So

You don't have to tolerate the pain and discomfort of varicose veins, nor keep your legs hidden behind long pants or dark stockings because you're embarrassed by the dark and bulging veins in your legs.

Dr. David Laird and Dr. Daniel Day remove unsightly and painful varicose veins with the VNUS Closure Procedure. VNUS closure is minimally invasive, done at our clinic for your convenience, cosmetically appealing (with less pain and bruising), covered by most insurance plans and easier on patients. Patients usually walk out of the clinic after having VNUS Closure and can be at work the next day.

"The pain and swelling caused by varicose veins is life altering," says Dr. Day. "Untreated, they can cause edema and significant wound-healing problems." Veins carry blood back to the heart. Varicose veins can occur when valves in the saphenous vein don't do their jobs correctly; instead of pushing the blood to the heart, incompetent or leaking valves allow some of the blood to flow backwards and pool up or collect in the lower legs.

The VNUS Closure Procedure uses radio frequency catheters. The in-office procedure works for patients who have superficial venous reflux, which is where the values in veins become damaged or diseased. Catheters are inserted to close and seal the damaged vein. The vein is then heated by radio frequency energy, causing the collagen in the vein wall to shrink and close. Eventually, the body reabsorbs the bad vein, and blood is rerouted to healthy veins. The procedure works on the major veins causing the problem; by sealing the veins causing the underlying problem, other bad veins decompose and go away.

The patient is given a mild sedative and local anesthetic. The doctor treats one leg at a time. After having the procedure, patients are scheduled for a follow-up ultrasound to make sure blood is not clotting and veins are sealed and healing properly.

Great Legs, We'll Make It So

You don't have to tolerate the pain and discomfort of varicose veins, nor keep your legs hidden behind long pants or dark stockings because you're embarrassed by the dark and bulging veins in your legs.

Dr. David Laird and Dr. Daniel Day remove unsightly and painful varicose veins with the VNUS Closure Procedure. VNUS closure is minimally invasive, done at our clinic for your convenience, cosmetically appealing (with less pain and bruising), covered by most insurance plans and easier on patients. Patients usually walk out of the clinic after having VNUS Closure and can be at work the next day.

"The pain and swelling caused by varicose veins is life altering," says Dr. Day. "Untreated, they can cause edema and significant wound-healing problems." Veins carry blood back to the heart. Varicose veins can occur when valves in the saphenous vein don't do their jobs correctly; instead of pushing the blood to the heart, incompetent or leaking valves allow some of the blood to flow backwards and pool up or collect in the lower legs.

The VNUS Closure Procedure uses radio frequency catheters. The in-office procedure works for patients who have superficial venous reflux, which is where the values in veins become damaged or diseased. Catheters are inserted to close and seal the damaged vein. The vein is then heated by radio frequency energy, causing the collagen in the vein wall to shrink and close. Eventually, the body reabsorbs the bad vein, and blood is rerouted to healthy veins. The procedure works on the major veins causing the problem; by sealing the veins causing the underlying problem, other bad veins decompose and go away.

The patient is given a mild sedative and local anesthetic. The doctor treats one leg at a time. After having the procedure, patients are scheduled for a follow-up ultrasound to make sure blood is not clotting and veins are sealed and healing properly.