Frequently Asked Questions

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins typically appear as unsightly, twisted, bulging, rope-like cords that occur on the legs anywhere from the ankle to the groin.

What factors lead to varicose veins?

  • Heredity
  • Gender
  • Pregnancy
  • Age
  • Prolonged standing
  • Obesity
  • Hormone levels
  • Physical trauma

Are there non-treatment options that relieve symptoms?

The symptoms of varicose veins cannot be cured with conservative therapy. Certain measures can help relieve the discomfort that patients experience and prevent others from arising. These conservative therapies include:

  • Compression stockings
  • Regular exercise
  • Avoidance of standing for long periods of time
  • Elevation of the legs
  • Weight loss

Unfortunately, since the measures listed above do not treat the underlying cause of the disease, the symptoms tend to worsen over time.

What is EVLA/EVLT?

Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA/EVLT) is a new office procedure that uses heat energy to close the problem vein from the inside quickly, relieving you of symptoms.

What is the advantage of EVLA/EVLT over traditional treatments?

Unlike traditional vein stripping surgical procedures that requires a visit to the hospital, EVLA/EVLT treatment:

  • Can be performed right in your physician’s office
  • Takes less than an hour
  • Uses only local anesthesia
  • Causes little to no pain or bruising
  • Causes no scarring
  • Has no recovery period and allows for an immediate return to daily activities

The procedure is more effective than the older surgical procedure and has less risk of complications (98% success rate).

Will my insurance cover laser vein procedures?

Laser vein procedures are covered by most insurances.

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