Varicose Vein FAQ
Concerned about Varicose Veins?
Vena Institute is dedicated to determining the right treatment for your varicose veins. During your consultation, our Milwaukee vein specialists will perform a physical examination and an ultrasound, as well as evaluate your medical history, to determine the most effective varicose vein symptom treatment plan.
Before all that, let us answer some of your questions about varicose veins and their causes, symptoms and treatment options so you have an idea of what you’re in for—BEAUTIFUL LEGS!
What is the Difference between Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?
Varicose veins and spider veins are similar in their causes—non-functioning valves in the vein. However, spider veins are smaller, discolored veins with a web-like appearance. Spider veins are not harmful and are not usually painful. Spider veins may be permanent or may disappear on their own, depending on the cause. If you are self-conscious about your spider veins, they can be treated with cosmetic procedures, such as sclerotherapy or VeinGogh.
Are Telangiectasias/Hemangiomas/Angiomas the Same as Varicose Veins?
No, they are all different types of problematic veins.
Telangiectasias are dilated capillaries near the surface of the skin and tend to appear on the face.
Hemangiomas (also known as “strawberry marks”) and angiomas (“skin cherries”) are clusters of very small arteries or veins.
Does Insurance Cover Varicose Vein Treatments?
Vena – the Varicose Vein Institute welcomes all insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid. Insurance will usually cover an ultrasound because it is a diagnostic test. If varicose veins are found during the ultrasound, insurance will most often cover varicose vein treatment. You will be responsible for any copays and deductibles. Learn more about insurance coverage and billing.
Are there Side Effects to Varicose Vein Treatment?
As with any medical procedure, there are potential side effects and risks involved in varicose vein treatments. Our Milwaukee varicose veins specialists always take expert care to avoid risks as much as possible. Learn more about Vena – the Varicose Vein Institute’s treatment options.
What Treatment Options does Vena Institute Offer?
Vena Institute in Milwaukee offers minimally-invasive, non-surgical treatment options including:
- Endovenous laser or radiofrequency ablation
- Ultrasound and non-ultrasound guided sclerotherapy
Schedule a varicose vein consultation appointment with Vena Institute today!
Are Varicose Veins Permanent? Will Varicose Veins Disappear on their Own?
Varicose veins do not heal on their own. If left untreated, they will worsen over time. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments available. Our specialists at Vena – the Varicose Vein Institute help you decide which varicose vein treatment procedure is right for you.
Are there Homeopathic / Home Remedies for Varicose Veins?
To help reduce the size and color of your varicose veins on your own, try these home remedies:
- Exercise daily
- Eat a high-fiber, low-salt diet
- Avoid standing for long periods
- Elevate your legs
- Avoid sitting with your legs crossed
- Wear compression socks
Can Varicose Veins be Prevented?
Although varicose veins cannot be prevented completely, there are measures you can take to reduce your risk of developing them:
- Daily exercise
- Weight loss
- High-fiber, low-salt diet
- Avoid wearing high heels and tight hosiery
- Elevate your legs often
- Regularly shift your standing or sitting position
If you have varicose veins already, these same measures can help alleviate the discomfort.
What Happens if Varicose Veins go Untreated?
The longer they are left untreated, the more painful and unsightly they become. The discomfort varicose veins cause can disrupt your daily life and normal activities. In serious cases, they may also lead to ulcers or blood clots.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins occur when weakened valves allow blood to flow the wrong direction, and collect in one area. A variety of factors can cause or worsen varicose veins, including:
- Leg injury
- Prolonged standing
How does Pregnancy cause Varicose Veins?
Blood volume in the body increases during pregnancy. In addition, the extra weight of the growing child increases blood pressure in the veins of the legs.
We advise against getting varicose vein treatment if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?
Varicose veins are generally not going to kill you. However, they can have painful or uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Aching or heaviness in the legs
- Burning or throbbing pain
- Itching near veins
In more serious cases, symptoms may also include:
- Calf pain and swelling
- Dry, thinning skin
- Skin discoloration
- Open sores
- Easy bleeding
If you are concerned about your varicose veins, contact our Milwaukee varicose vein specialists at Vena Institute.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted, rope-like veins just beneath the surface of the skin. They appear most commonly in the legs and ankles but can occur anywhere on the body. Varicose veins are most likely to appear in women over 40, but anyone can get varicose veins at any age.