Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions that we get.  However, we would love to discuss your unique situation with you.  To get started, simply fill out the form to the right or give us a call at 810-208-2008.

Can varicose veins and spider veins be prevented?

Varicose veins and spider veins cannot be prevented because they are a genetic condition. You can, however, halt the progression of vein problems through conservative treatment methods, such as leg elevation, exercise, and compression stocking therapy.

How do I set up an appointment at the Integrated Vascular Vein Center?

Please call (810)606-1660 or fill out our online contact form to set up a free consultation. No referral is necessary. What treatments are offered at the Integrated Vascular Vein Center?

We offer a full spectrum of minimally invasive vein treatments that are performed on an outpatient basis. The following outpatient procedures are available at our office:

  • Endovenous laser ablation
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Compression stocking treatment
  • Microphlebectomy
How successful is endovenous laser ablation?

The success rate of endovenous laser ablation is very high and comparable to that of litigation and stripping, a far more invasive approach. Most varicose veins can be eliminated by endovenous laser ablation, but complementary therapy may be necessary in some cases.

How to compression stockings work?

Compression stockings steadily squeeze the leg muscles and help to drive blood back to the heart. As a result, compression stockings reduce swelling in the legs and prevent blood clot formation.

Is the loss of the vein after endovenous laser ablation a problem?

No. There are many veins in the leg, so the blood from the diseased vein that is removed will simply be rerouted to other veins in the leg.

What are compression stockings?

Compression stockings are elastic stockings that provide coverage from the foot to the knee/thigh. There are also compression stockings available that are similar in style to pantyhose. Compression stockings are tightest in the ankle area and gradually become less tight as they go up the leg.

What are the risks of leaving varicose veins untreated?

Varicose veins can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as pain, achiness, and swelling if left untreated. Furthermore, varicose veins place you at risk of developing blood clots. Skin breakdown can also occur if advanced venous disease is left untreated.

What are the side effects of microphlebectomy?

Microphlebectomy is generally a painless procedure, but it can cause minor side effects such as bruising and swelling. In rare cases, small segments of the diseased vein may remain under the skin.

What are varicose veins and spider veins?

Varicose veins are large veins that often appear twisted and bulgy. They are flesh-colored, blue, or purple. Varicose veins are swollen and raised and are commonly found on the insides of the legs and on the backs of the calves.

Spider veins are similar to varicose veins but smaller. They are typically blue or red in color and close to the surface of the skin. Spider veins are mostly found on the legs and face. They often look like tree branches or spider webs.

What is microphlebectomy?

Microphlebectomy is an outpatient procedure during which tiny incisions are made in the skin and small segments of the diseased vein are pulled through the skin with a tiny hook. The incisions are so small that stitches are usually not required.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a chemical solution directly into the vein. The chemical solution irritates the lining of the vein and causes the vein to shrink and collapse.

What results can I expect from sclerotherapy?

The results of treatment with sclerotherapy may not be visible for up to two weeks. Multiple treatment sessions may be required to achieve optimal results. Although the veins that are treated with sclerotherapy will not return, new veins may appear in the same area.

Will my insurance cover these treatments?

Insurance companies cover a portion of the cost of vein treatments if they are medically necessary. We will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine if your vein disorder poses medical risks and work closely with you to ensure that you receive the coverage to which you are entitled.

 
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