Varicose Vein Illustrations

Myth #1: Varicose Veins are Only a Cosmetic Issue

Many people, even physicians, believe that varicose veins are only a cosmetic issue and don’t need to be addressed medically. However, if you have symptomatic varicose veins (pain, heaviness, swelling, itching, restlessness) there is a deeper medical problem. If left untreated, more serious health problems can arise like permanent skin changes, ulcerations, and increased risk of a blood clot called a deep venous thrombosis (DVT).

Myth #2: My Insurance Won’t Pay for My Varicose Veins

If you have symptomatic varicose veins as listed above, then many insurance carriers will cover the treatment of your varicose veins. Most insurance carriers do have a set of requirements that patients must meet before a procedure can be performed. **Each insurance carrier and plan are different, so verification of benefits is recommended.

Myth #3: Compression Stockings Will Treat My Varicose Veins

Medical compression stockings have long been a main stay in the treatment of varicose veins, however they do not actually treat them. Compression stockings will provide relief to the symptoms that are caused by varicose veins, but they will not make the veins themselves, or the symptoms, go away. To treat varicose veins, the source of the problem must be corrected by closing the saphenous veins. To determine if your saphenous veins are working properly, a non-invasive ultrasound is performed and read by a qualified physician to finalize your treatment plan.

Myth #4: I’ve Had a DVT (Blood Clot) and I Can’t Treat My Varicose Veins

Many patients with varicose veins have had DVTs in the past and are able to be successfully treated today for their varicose veins. An initial ultrasound will be performed and further testing may be ordered to give a clear picture of your leg before proceeding with treatment. Also, patients can be treated while on blood thinners for maximum safety.

Myth #5: I Will Have to Miss Weeks of Work to Have My Varicose Veins Treated

Unlike vein stripping of the past which could cause extended absences, many patients today only miss 1-2 days of work after their vein procedures. In fact, most patients go back to work the very next day. Patients are even encouraged to maintain most work out routines during treatment.

About the author

Dr. James D. Albert, RPVI is the Founder and Practicing Physician of Albert Vein Institute
Dr. James D. Albert

Dr. James D. Albert, RPVI is the Founder and Practicing Physician of Albert Vein Institute (AVI)--Colorado's Vein Specialist - founded in 2006. A nationally respected Cardiovascular Surgeon and Phlebologist, Dr. Albert has led AVI to become Colorado's ONLY nationally recognized IAC ACCREDITED VEIN CENTER. Dr. Albert trained at the nation's most reputable medical institutions, holds double Board Certifications in Cardiovascular Surgery and Phlebology, and is humbled to bring 30 years of a successful surgical career to patients needing vein care.

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