Vein Disease – When to Intervene and How
Vein disease and disorders of the veins affect nearly 80 million Americans. They include cosmetically displeasing spider veins, more serious conditions such as bulging varicose veins as well as life-threatening conditions such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). While some forms of vein disease are harmless, early detection is important, because even minor diseases can progress into more serious problems if left untreated.
How do I know if I should get screened for vein disease?
You should make an appointment for a vein screening if you have any of the following:
- Visible bulging varicose veins
- Spider Veins
- Blood clots
- Family history of vascular disease
How is vein disease treated? What are my treatment options?
Many people believe that treatment of vein disease is merely a cosmetic procedure. However, most insurance carriers cover vein treatment, and the process is usually minimally invasive. Diagnostic procedures generally involve a simple ultrasound.
The treatment usually requires no incisions or stitches, but at times two or three incisions are needed. Patients can usually expect to be able to shower, exercise, and go about their lives as normal immediately following procedures.