Many people with varicose veins or spider veins wish to know more about these types of vein disease. Below are some of the frequently asked questions we receive from patients here at Rosen Vein Care.
What causes varicose veins and spider veins?
Vein disease happens when damaged valves prevent blood from flowing normally. Genetics, a family history of vein disease, and pregnancy can all play a role in causing varicose or spider veins.
What are the symptoms of vein disease?
When blood can’t properly flow to its destination, it finds a place to collect or pool up. The backed up blood can cause soreness, swelling, discoloration, cramps, and “heavy” feeling legs. And of course, varicose veins and spider veins that are visible to the eye are among the main symptoms of vein disease.
How is vein disease diagnosed?
Vein disease is diagnosed using an ultrasound machine to detect blood that is flowing in the wrong direction or collecting in an area it shouldn’t. The diagnosis process is easy and painless.
How are varicose veins and spider veins treated?
We use a few different minimally-invasive techniques to treat vein disease.
- Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) uses a special laser placed inside an IV to heat-seal the problematic veins and restore proper blood flow.
- Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution into the affected area with a small needle to close off the walls of the diseased veins.
- VenaSeal® uses an adhesive glue to close off an area of a vein and re-route blood to its proper destination.
- Clarivein® is a newer and more innovative technique that uses a special catheter with a rotating tip to deliver medicine to the vein. Dr. Rosen was among the first in the area to perform this procedure.
Is treatment for vein disease painful?
A local anesthetic may be used for certain treatments and a patient may experience mild discomfort or irritation. Treatments are generally well-tolerated and many patients socialize, listen to music, or read during their treatment.
How much downtime is required after treatment?
There is no downtime required following treatment and patients can resume their normal activities right away. In fact, moving and being active immediately after treatment is usually encouraged.
Who will be performing the treatment?
All vein disease treatments at Rosen Vein Care are performed by Dr. Rosen himself. He even supplies patients with his personal phone number and email address in case there are any questions or concerns before or after treatment.
Is vein disease treatment covered by Medicare or other insurance?
An initial consultation is generally covered by most insurance plans including Medicare and the treatment itself may also be covered if it’s determined to be medically necessary. The staff at Rosen Vein Care will handle all insurance claim submissions on your behalf.
Have any further questions?
If you have any further questions about vein disease, don’t hesitate to ask. Just give us a call at (847) 272-8346, stop by our location on Lake Cook Road in Northbrook, or schedule your consultation today.