Varicose veins are a medical condition that can leave you with uncomfortable symptoms such as heaviness and achiness, itching, and/or muscle cramping. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with varicose veins. At Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz, we specialize in the treatment of varicose veins and can help you relieve your discomfort and improve your overall quality of life. One of the most common questions patients ask us is “do varicose veins reappear after treatment?” Read on to find out the answer to this question.
How are Varicose Veins Treated?
There are several treatments available for varicose veins. Upon completion of your Venous Duplex Ultrasound, Dr. Schwartz will determine your recommended treatment protocol, which will involve one or a combination of the following procedures:
Conservative Vein Treatment
Some patients achieve adequate relief with conservative therapy. However, although leg elevation and the use of compression stockings may provide symptomatic relief, they will not, ultimately, resolve the problem. As many insurance companies require a trial of compression stockings for six to twelve weeks prior to approval for a more extensive procedure to treat the underlying causes of the vein disease, a period of conservative treatment using compression stockings will, often, be the first step in your treatment protocol.
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
During EVLA, a thin laser fiber (about five human hairs wide) is inserted through the diseased vein via a tiny needle, involving no incision, and thermal energy is delivered to the diseased vein, effectively sealing, or “closing” the unhealthy vein. The blood is then re-routed through healthier veins, thus restoring normal blood circulation. The Sciton Pro-V laser system is, by far, one of the most comfortable laser vein treatments available, providing our vein patients with rapid relief of symptoms with little to no downtime, less bruising than traditional laser treatments, and minimal, if any, scarring.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Micro-phlebectomy, or “hook” phlebectomy, is a micro-extraction procedure used to remove the visible bulging varicose veins, both large and small, that are close to the surface through very small (1/16 – 1/8 inch) micro-incisions. The micro-incisions are so small that they seldom require a stitch and once healed are rarely visible.
Free Vein Screenings Available
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
In addition to treating the underlying diseased veins via Endovenous Laser Ablation, and the visible, superficial bulging veins via Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Dr. Schwartz often needs to treat varicose veins, or tributary branches, that are just below the skin’s surface and not visible to the eye, using Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy. Using an ultrasound to guide him, Dr. Schwartz injects an FDA-approved medication into these diseased veins, which creates inflammation within the lining of the vein, causing it to seal itself shut, which the body than reabsorbs over time.
Once your vein disease is properly diagnosed via Venous Duplex Ultrasound and the source of the varicose veins treated (via EVLA), your varicose veins should not return. However, we do often see patients who were not properly diagnosed or treated and subsequently developed new varicose veins. When you choose Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz for your vein procedure, you will be working with an experienced physician who specializes in vein disease. Dr. Schwartz is known as Kansas City’s “Original Vein Doctor” and the only triple board-certified vascular surgeon performing vein treatments in the area. Premier Vein & Body was founded in 2003 and was one of the first vein treatment centers in the Kansas City area. Dr. Schwartz is certified as an RVT (Registered Vascular Technician) and RPVI (Registered Physician Vascular Interpretation). These certifications are in venous ultrasounds technology, ensuring the most thorough diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. With over 12,000 vein procedures performed, we’re confident that we can help you no matter what your vein condition might be.
Benefits of Varicose Vein Treatment
Along with great cosmetic results, patients are surprised by how quickly the pain from varicose veins disappears, and how much lighter their legs feel. They often describe it as having a new “bounce in their step.” After having varicose vein treatment, you can say goodbye to varicose veins and hello to relief from cramping, swelling, and heavy feelings in your legs. You’ll find that varicose vein treatment improves your self-confidence and allows you to live your best life yet.
Take the Next Step
If you have further questions regarding varicose veins treatment and the types of results you can expect, we encourage you to schedule a free vein screening* at our Leawood vein treatment practice. Call us at (913) 451-8346 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and showing you how the premier vein treatment center in Kansas City can improve your condition.
Premier Vein & Body is located in Leawood, KS and proudly also serves Overland Park, Johnson County and the entire Kansas City metro area.
* Initial free vein screening will include a visual evaluation and subsequent discussion with Dr. Schwartz. However, if patient presents with symptoms of vein disease (not just spider veins), a diagnostic test, such as a venous ultrasound/duplex examination, that is considered medically necessary per the physician’s determination, will be billed as a separate charge, and $450 will be billed to your insurance provider. Pending your carrier’s response, you may be ultimately responsible for some portion or ALL of this charge, which may include deductibles, co-insurance and/or co-pays. If your insurance company denies this charge, your patient responsibility portion may be partially discounted if you proceed with vein disease treatment through our office.
** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician.