Compression Hose Therapy
Early detection and consultation with your physician are the first steps to better leg health. Under your doctor’s care, you can explore treatment alternatives such as prescription compression hose, which help support weakened veins and may enable you to lead a pain-free, active lifestyle. It is important, however, to maintain a doctor-prescribed program of wearing medical hose, or your condition could worsen over time. Check with your insurance provider as many insurance companies do cover compression therapy. In fact, many insurance companies will require the use of compression hose for a designated time frame before approving further treatment.
Minimally Invasive Vein Ablation (MIVA)
MIVA is a modern surgical technique of removing the refluxing vein(s) with long-lasting results. Forget the long, painful recoveries and large scars you may have associated with traditional vein stripping surgeries in the past. Not only is MIVA cosmetically pleasing, it is performed on an outpatient basis and is covered by most insurance plans. Our physicians are meticulous about achieving the optimal results, and their goal is getting you back on your feet quickly and pain free. This procedure is covered by most insurance plans.
Radio Frequency Ablation (VNUS Closure)
The VNUS Closure procedure is performed on an outpatient basis by using radiofrequency (RF) energy applied to the inside walls of the refluxing vein(s). As the RF energy is delivered and the catheter is withdrawn through the damaged vein, the vein wall heats up causing the wall to shrink and the vein to close. Patients who undergo the Closure procedure often resume normal activities quickly with excellent cosmetic and therapeutic results. This procedure is covered by most insurance plans.
MIVA and VNUS Closure treat the source of the problem by removing or closing the refluxing veins. However, for patients who would also like to improve the appearance of their legs, Microstab Phlebectomies are called for. This procedure is done together with MIVA or Closure and removes the unsightly bulging veins on the surface of the legs. For most patients, this portion of the procedure is not considered medically necessary and will not be billed to insurance.
This treatment is most often performed to eliminate spider veins. With sclerotherapy, the physician injects an FDA-approved solution into the problem vein with a very fine needle, causing the vein wall to become sticky. Following the injections, the patient wears prescription-grade compression hose for a few days, gluing the vein walls together. The body then breaks down the damaged vein and absorbs it, causing it to disappear over time. The procedure is relatively painless, and you are able to resume many daily activities immediately. Most patients will need about two to four sclerotherapy treatments to achieve their desired results. When used to treat spider veins, sclerotherapy is considered cosmetic and is not billed to insurance.
VeinGogh uses low energy radiofrequency to treat leg or facial spider veins that are too small to be treated with sclerotherapy. Radiofrequency is delivered through a very fine needle tip that is applied to the skin overlying a small spider vein. The fine needle barely penetrates the skin, damages the spider vein and causes it to scar and close. Typically the skin in the treated area becomes red and irritated within minutes of the treatment and resolves over a few hours. No compression hose are necessary and there are no limitations to activity or sun exposure. This treatment is cosmetic and is not billed to insurance.
At VeinSolutions, we use an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) machine, not a laser. Because IPL does not damage surrounding skin, it is appropriate for treating fine spider veins on the face or trunk as well as vascular birthmarks such as hemangiomas and port-wine stains. Facial lesions will often be eliminated with just one or two treatments. There may be moderate redness and swelling immediately after the procedure and patients must stay out of the sun for four weeks prior to and after each treatment. If your physician determines your light treatment to be cosmetic, as it typically is, it will not be billed to insurance.