Curious to what is true and what is false in regards to varicose veins? Read on as we dispel some of the most common myths around the treatment of venous disease.
True or False. Spider veins are the same as varicose veins.
FALSE. Both spider and varicose veins are caused by dysfunctional valves within the veins. The difference is, spider veins are visible as a nest of blue or red veins, similar to a spider web hence the name, just under the skin’s surface. Typically spider veins do not bulge above the skin’s surface, as do varicose veins. Varicose veins are an indication of venous disease and should be evaluated by a vein specialist.
True or False. Varicose veins are a cosmetic issue and do not require treatment.
FALSE. If you are still up in the air on this one, read our blog post dedicated solely to this topic. Bottom line, varicose veins are a sign of vascular insufficiency or compromise and can lead to more serious health concerns if left untreated.
True or False: Compressing stockings coupled with elevating the feet are cures for varicose veins.
FALSE. Compression stockings and elevation of the feet are both great options for reducing symptoms of varicose veins such as swelling and pain, but they are not cures.
True or False. Cost prohibits many from seeking treatment for varicose veins.
FALSE. Varicose veins is considered a medical condition and therefore, covered by most insurance plans. Your physician and the staff at Premier Vein Clinics will work closely with you to understand your individual plan and file the appropriate paperwork for your claim.
True or False. Varicose veins always reappear following treatment.
FALSE. There have been many advancements made in the treatment of varicose veins leading to the minimally invasive and more efficient techniques utilized today. When treated successfully, the recurrence rate is normally around 4 -6% if proper steps are taken as recommended by your physician to prevent recurrence.
If you have questions regarding your treatment options, call Premier Vein Clinics today (865) 588-8229 to schedule a consult. Our staff is ready to help you regain quality of life, leaving behind the symptoms of varicose veins.