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  • Am I a candidate for varicose vein treatment?
Am I a candidate for varicose vein treatment?

If you have pain, swelling, or heaviness in your legs, ankles, or pelvis you may have varicose veins (venous insufficiency). Typically, those with varicose veins also suffer from pain while standing or walking for long periods of time. Venous insufficiency is a disease and should be treated by professionals who specialize in comprehensive varicose vein management, including diagnosis and treatment.

  • How do you determine which veins to treat?
How do you determine which veins to treat?

In addition to obtaining a detailed medical history and physical examination, we perform a comprehensive ultrasound evaluation that will help identify the sources of venous disease. Because every patient’s venous anatomy and condition are unique, we develop an individual, specialized treatment plan for each patient we see. frequently asked questions

  • Are all varicose veins visible from the outside?
Are all varicose veins visible from the outside?

No. Varicose veins may be hidden from your view. Just because you don’t see varicose veins, does not mean that you don’t have them. Our diagnostic evaluation may indicate that you are suffering from varicose veins, even when they are not visible. Often, someone suffering from leg pain will visit their doctor, not knowing they have varicose vein disease.

  • What is the difference between a good vein and a bad vein?
What is the difference between a good vein and a bad vein?

Veins contain one-way valves that allow blood to return back to the heart. If those valves are faulty, blood can travel in the opposite direction-away from the heart. This condition, known as venous reflux, can result in painful swelling, skin damage, blood clots and other complications.

  • Which procedures do you perform to address my varicose vein disease?
Which procedures do you perform to address my varicose vein disease?

At The Vein Institute of Arizona, we offer minimally invasive, advanced alternatives to traditional vein stripping or ligation. These procedures allow us to treat the primary source(s) of reflux, or the diseased vein(s) feeding your varicosities. In many cases, a small tube (or catheter) is inserted into the diseased vein which allows us to treat the vein using lasers and other technologies. We also perform sclerotherapy and limited excision of diseased veins depending on vein location and size.

  • How long does a procedure last?
How long does a procedure last?

Each procedure, completed under a localized anesthetic, takes approximately one hour. Depending on your unique situation, additional time may be spent at the office. After the procedure(s), you are able to immediately resume most daily activity with some limitations.

  • Is the procedure painful?
Is the procedure painful?

There is some minor discomfort which is usually well tolerated. Local anesthetic is administered during the procedure. Afterward, taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication is usually all that is necessary for your comfort.

  • Will I need to limit my activity after the procedure?
Will I need to limit my activity after the procedure?

Unless the activity is vigorous, you should not limit your activity after a procedure. Most recovery occurs in the first week, but patients can generally resume normal daily activity within hours of completing the procedure.

  • What happens to the blood flow that normally goes through a vein that has been treated?
What happens to the blood flow that normally goes through a vein that has been treated?

The blood flow from your varicose vein is redirected into other healthy veins which readily compensate for the veins that have been treated and closed.

  • Will treatments leave any scarring?
Will treatments leave any scarring?

Minimal scarring may result from the varicose vein treatments we perform. In some cases, the treated site may have mild residual bronzing or slight discoloration. These changes generally diminish with time.

  • Can all of my veins be treated in one session?
Can all of my veins be treated in one session?

In most cases, it takes more than one visit to treat your varicose veins. However, if only a single vein is causing problems, only one treatment may be needed. We consider follow-up evaluation to be a critical part of any patient’s care.

  • Could my pelvic pain be related to varicose veins?
Could my pelvic pain be related to varicose veins?

Absolutely. Just as you may have varicose veins in your legs, you could have them in your pelvis. Several days before menstruation some women get throbbing pains in their hips and legs-which is a common symptom of Pelvic Venous Insufficiency. We can refer you to experts in chronic pelvic pain once you have completed treatment.

  • Does pregnancy cause varicose veins?
Does pregnancy cause varicose veins?

Pregnancy can make a woman more susceptible to developing varicose veins. During pregnancy, a combination of vein compression in the pelvis and decreased smooth muscle tone in the vein wall cause vein distension. Since smooth muscle tone helps veins pump blood back to the heart, smooth muscle relaxation can result in excessive blood pooling in leg veins, which contributes to the development of varicose vein disease.

  • Should I wait until I finish having children to have my veins repaired?
Should I wait until I finish having children to have my veins repaired?

If varicose veins or pelvic venous insufficiency make pregnancy (and life between pregnancies) unbearable, treatment is available prior to subsequent pregnancies. You do not have to wait until you are done bearing children.

  • Can you guarantee the results?
Can you guarantee the results?

Due to genetics and many other factors, you may be predisposed to future problems. In some cases we view our services as “varicose vein management,” rather than a one-time “cure all”. Since there is no way to definitively prevent additional veins from becoming diseased, varicose veins may be an on-going challenge for
some individuals.

  • Does my insurance cover my procedures?
Does my insurance cover my procedures?

Most insurance companies will cover the majority of procedures we offer. If there is a question about coverage, our staff will determine if your insurance will approve the expenses. If your insurance does not cover a procedure, payment options can be arranged to meet your individual needs.

Las Vegas Vein Clinic

Las Vegas Vein Clinic provides comprehensive procedures for adults with varicose veins and venous ulcers. Our dedicated and board-certified vein specialist Dr. Prem Kittusamy is highly regarded in Las Vegas, NV and beyond, providing quality care for patients who seek minimally invasive, state-of-the-art treatment options for venous disease.

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