Frequently Asked Questions/FAQ

Our team at The Center for Advanced Vein Care in Hickory, NC, has compiled frequently asked questions from our patients. If you have other related topics that you want us to tackle, feel free to reach out to us. We’ll strive to address them in the best way that we can.

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What are varicose veins?

This medical term is used to describe common venous disorders such as spider veins (small, red or blue veins that can be found on the surface of the skin) and true varicose veins (large, swollen, and bulging veins). Studies show that one in three women and one in five men are diagnosed with this condition. Common symptoms may include swelling, tired and heavy feeling, leg pain and fatigue, burning and itching sensations, and skin discoloration.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins develop when the valves in the leg veins become dysfunctional, causing backward blood flow and pooling in the lower extremities. When left untreated, the pressure created by the faulty veins may increase over time and may pave way for other health complications. People who have a family history of venous disorders, aging adults, pregnant women, and the obese are more at risk of developing this disease.

Are there ways to prevent varicose veins?

There are no studies yet regarding the prevention of varicose veins. However, changing some lifestyle habits may help in alleviating symptoms. Routine exercises, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding standing and sitting for long periods of time, and using compression stockings are some of the recommended ways to reduce risks for venous reflex.

What will happen if I don’t get treated for varicose veins?

People with a preexisting venous disease may develop serious medical conditions that may get worse over time. The pressure created by venous insufficiency may cause spider and varicose veins, swelling, and lower calf and ankle ulcers. Seek help from your vein care provider immediately to avoid complications in the long run.

Is there a chance for my spider or varicose veins to reoccur, even after my treatment?

Some risk factors (age, hormonal imbalance, genetics, etc.) from your first venous disorder can make you more vulnerable to developing additional vein conditions. If you’ve treated a specific vein, the chances of reoccurrence are low.

However, it’s also possible that the neighboring veins are already diseased. It’s important that you consult with a vein care professional regarding your condition. This way, they can determine if you have underlying venous conditions and provide the necessary treatment to prevent further complications.

What will happen to my vein after treatment? Will I still need it?

At The Center for Advanced Vein Care, we offer sclerotherapy, EVLT, and closure act to improve blood flow and stop a faulty vein from causing more health problems. The good thing is your body still has many other healthy veins. They can take over the additional blood left by the dysfunctional nerve.

What is the cost of vein treatment?

The costs vary depending on the condition of the patient. At The Center for Advanced Vein Care, we accept most insurances and Medicare for consultations and certain procedures. We advise that you speak with your provider first to determine what’s included in your coverage.