Frequently Asked Questions 2017-06-07T22:11:30+00:00

FAQ

  • EVLT laser vein treatments have been performed in the United States for over 12 years in thousands of patients with excellent success.  Multiple clinical trials have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of this procedure in the short term and long term.  EVLT  has been shown to be more effective than vein stripping with significantly less discomfort and shorter recovery time.  We have personally performed laser closure of varicose veins in thousands of patients with greater than 95% success and few complications over the last 8 years.

    Over the course of treatment, you will be returning to the clinic for various treatments and follow-up appointments.  Our team of professionals look forward to working with you and helping you attain your goals for treatment.

    Following procedures, a majority of patients do experience bruising and discomfort (described as aching, burning or tugging) along the treated vein segment in the thigh.  This typically resolves within 1 to 3 weeks without long-term problems.

    Superficial phlebitis is uncommon, but can cause inflammation and discomfort for several weeks and is treated with over-the-counter medications.  Skin burns are extremely rare and blood clots are possible, but fortunately occur less than 1% of the time.  If a clot does occur, it is treated for several weeks with a blood thinner called Lovenox.

    The majority of our patients, 95%, experience a reduction in symptoms and an increased ability to exercise and get back to healthy activities they enjoy.

Anyone who is experiencing aching, swelling, leg cramps, fatigue or heaviness in their legs or who is concerned about the cosmetic appearance of their varicose veins should consider scheduling a consultation.  The earlier treatment begins, the sooner our patients can get back to a more active and healthy lifestyle.
  • To diagnose varicose veins, your provider will do a physical exam, looking carefully at your legs and will ask you to describe your symptoms.  The next step is to perform an ultrasound examination, in our office, to determine if the valves in your veins are functioning normally and to check for any blood clots.  This is a noninvasive test during which you will be standing or lying on a tilted table.  A warm gel will be applied to your skin to eliminate air pockets between your body and the ultrasound transducer.  The ultrasound technician or physician, will glide and press the transducer (about the size of a small bar of soap) along the area of your leg being examined.  The image is transmitted to the ultrasound screen and the results are documented.  From these results, the doctor will determine if you need treatment and which option is the best for your individual needs.  He will share with you the results and discuss options for achieving healthier legs.

  • Diseased veins that are experiencing reflux or backflow are allowing blood to flow in the wrong direction.  They are no longer effective.  When the diseased vein is ablated (closed) or removed, the blood automatically diverts to the remaining healthy veins and returns to the heart.  In addition to being ineffective in the legs, the diseased veins are not suitable for use in coronary bypass.

Since 92% of the time visible varicose veins do cause some form of problem, most insurances will cover treatment.  At the Laser Vein Center, we see patients paying cash and those with private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and TriCare.  We are also preferred providers with Cigna, Premera, Aetna, Beechstreet, and Multi-Plan.  We request that you contact your insurance company and determine your deductible, co-insurance and out-of-pocket expenses so that you are comfortable with the level of reimbursement your insurance company will provide.  Our staff will work with your company to attain pre-authorization for payment for your care.
Most of our patients go back to their normal routine on treatment day.  However, the doctor will require you to walk for 30 minutes on the treadmill and ask that you walk another 30 minutes later in the day.  We suggest that you avoid standing in one place or sitting for extended periods.  If you are one of our patients coming from out-of-town and needing to travel home, the nurses will instruct you on tips to keep optimum circulation.  Heavy lifting or vigorous exercise are restricted for a week after treatment.
Often during pregnancy varicose veins appear for the first time or become exacerbated as a result of the hormone changes in your body and the mechanics of pregnancy itself – weight change, pressure on the circulation in the pelvis and legs, or reduced activity.  Our physicians encourage you to come for a consultation and get measured for graduated compression stockings that you can wear during your pregnancy.  Conservative therapy with stockings and exercise are important during this time.  After your baby is born, you can call and schedule the ultrasound examination and possible treatment.