Leg crossing and wearing high heels will cause varicose veins.
Crossing your legs or wearing high heels does not cause varicose any more than being struck by a softball will cause varicose veins. It may direct you attention to a specific area of your leg and a prominent vein but the primary cause for this condition is hereditary and is exacerbated by pregnancy, age, obesity and standing or sitting for long periods of time.
If I have leg pain and I also have varicose and/or spider veins; treating these prominent veins will resolve my leg pain
There are many health conditions that can cause leg pain. Certainly, if your leg symptoms are consistent and secondary to an underlying chronic vein condition addressing this issue will help decrease your leg discomfort. However, leg pain may also be associated with an underlying artery, bone/joint, nerve or muscle condition. All these areas need to be considered. At the Charlottesville Vein Center we can help assess the cause of your leg pain.
Performing an ablation procedure on my saphenous vein which has leaky valves will result in all my varicose veins disappearing.
Treating the saphenous vein alone will fix the root cause of varicose veins but often will not make all the prominent varicose veins disappear. Varicose veins have taken years if not decades to develop and may not fully decompress after a saphenous ablation procedure alone. Sometimes the use of a delicate additional technique called microphlebectomy is necessary to completely remove the varicose veins and will provide a better cosmetic result.
Varicose veins are just a cosmetic issue.
Varicose veins may be a sign of a larger problem that should be evaluated and diagnosed by a vascular specialist. Swelling, skin changes, itching, aching, superficial blood clots (phlebitis) and even skin breakdown with ulceration can be caused by varicose veins.
Insurance companies don’t cover varicose vein treatment.
Most insurance companies do offer coverage for varicose vein treatment if people have leg discomfort and documented abnormalities that can be attributed to a chronic vein condition. In addition, patients are often required by insurance to perform a period of conservative treatment to see if their symptoms resolve before any intervention will be approved. At Charlottesville Vein Center, if it is found that you have a medical need for treatment, we work with your insurance company to obtain the pre-authorization you need for coverage.
I have to go to the hospital to have my vein procedure performed.
Most of our minimally-invasive vein procedures can be done in our state-of-the-art office setting. In some cases we may perform a procedure at the Sentara Martha Jefferson Outpatient Surgery Center or at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. Regardless of location, however, you will find our facilities to be inviting and comforting.
Varicose veins can be definitively treated by wearing graduated compression stockings.
Although compression garments often make a patient feel better while they are being worn, when they are removed symptoms usually return. Thus, they provide temporary relief, but are not a realistic long-term solution in most cases.
Only women get varicose veins.
Varicose veins are a condition that may be accelerated by a woman’s pregnancy. However, both men and women can get varicose veins and can benefit from vein therapy.
I am too old or too young to have my varicose veins treated.
Charlottesville Vein Center has treated patients from ages 18-92 for the appropriate reasons. There are varying causes of varicose veins, even in younger patients, and they should always be evaluated by an experienced vein specialist to determine the appropriate treatment whether it is conservative or interventional.
There is no difference among vein doctors.
The field of phlebology (vein surgery) has traditionally been managed comprehensively by vascular surgeons. Now the field has become populated by a variety of physicians who have various and limited skill sets. No doctor starts out as a ‘phlebologist’. They start out as a specific type of physician but brand themselves as a phlebologist or vein specialist. A doctor’s ability to perform phlebology well is the result of a combination of the doctor’s original definitive training (i.e. vascular surgery) and how much vein-care experience the doctor has delivered. A vascular surgeon’s entire career after medical school has been directed towards treating all aspects of the human circulation particularly diseases of veins and arteries. Typically, when there are complications in treating veins it is vascular surgeons who resolve these conditions. It is important to understand the different kinds of doctors and vein care specialties in order to receive the proper diagnosis and treatment and if they can understand and manage all acute and chronic venous conditions appropriately and with the highest level of expertise.
Diabetes can cause varicose veins.
There is no difference in Vein Practices that appear on the Internet.
If I had vein stripping or treatments in the past, but my varicose veins have reoccurred, nothing more can be done for me.
Recent changes in varicose vein diagnosis and treatment mean that you may have additional treatment options. Charlottesville Vein Center can re-evaluate your veins, identify the reasons for the re-occurrence, and determine if our new minimally invasive procedures may help you.
My neuropathy will improve after fixing my varicose veins.
Varicose veins are corrected by treating superficial venous disease. This treatment will improve such symptoms as aching, tiredness, heaviness, itching and sometimes swelling. Unfortunately, neuropathy is not caused by varicose veins but by sensory nerves and will not improve as a result of these treatments.
Varicose vein treatments usually have long recovery times.
Varicose veins can be prevented
While there are certain lifestyle changes that can be made to slow the progression or relieve discomfort from varicose veins, there is no way to actually prevent the condition. Depending on symptoms, varicose veins require an evaluation by an experienced vascular professional like the vascular surgeons at Charlottesville Vein Center. Typically varicose veins is a condition that progresses and worsens.
Varicose veins can be cured.
Modern treatments of chronic vein conditions are very effective but are never completely curative. Most studies suggest that approximately 15% of treated patients will have some level of varicose vein recurrence after appropriate treatment at some period in the future.
Closing of or removing veins will cause circulation problems later in life.
Varicose veins should not be treated unless they are painful.
Aside from their unappealing physical appearance, leg varicose veins can produce symptoms of heaviness, throbbing, itching and fatigue in the legs. But there is no need to always wait for these symptoms to develop to have the veins treated. With treatments that can be performed in the office with very limited recovery, being proactive is easier than ever.