Bloomfield Vein & Vascular
What Are Varicose Veins?
Normal veins have a series of valves that open and close as blood is directed from the surface of the legs to the deep leg veins, where the calf muscles pump blood to the heart. When the valves malfunction, blood flow comes down through the valves rather than flowing up. This causes veins to swell just under the surface of the skin. Varicose veins tend to affect the legs most commonly; varicose veins in other unusual locations, are signs of a medical problem. If that is the case, we can help identify the cause of it and talk to you about your treatment options
Common symptoms associated with varicose veins include the feeling that your legs are achy, heavy and tired. Sometimes restless legs can be attributed to varicose veins. In advanced disease, varicose veins can lead to changes in the color of the skin by the ankle and open sores.
Risk factors for varicose veins:
- Genetic disposition – a history of varicose veins in the family
- 1 out of 2 women have an element of vein disease
- 1 out of 4 men have an element of vein disease
- 30% of women will develop varicose veins during the first pregnancy
- 55% will during their second and following pregnancies
- Varicose veins will worsen with each pregnancy. We now advise you to have your veins treated in between pregnancies, to avoid worsening discomfort with each subsequent pregnancy
Treatment Options for Varicose Veins
Because different problems need to be treated differently, at Bloomfield Vein & Vascular we can advise you as to what is the best option for your condition. We ensure that you get the appropriate ultrasound study and help you decide from the different treatment options that are available:
- Endovenous radiofrequency ablation (see video below)
- Foam sclerotherapy such as Varithena® (see video below)
- Sclerotherapy (see cosmetic services)
These procedures are meant to treat a medical condition and as such insurance usually covers the cost. At Bloomfield Vein and Vascular we work with you and your insurance company to ensure that your treatment is covered and that there are no surprises for you.
The procedures treating symptomatic varicose veins are meant to address a medical condition and as such insurance usually covers most of the cost. These procedures require pre-authorization from your insurance company, a process that can take several weeks at times. There are specific requirements that the insurance companies have that determine your eligibility for these treatments. At Bloomfield Vein and Vascular we guide you through this pre-authorization process and work with you and with your insurance company to ensure that your treatment is approved and that you understand what your insurance covers and if there are any out of pocket costs for you associated with these procedures