As the top vein center in East Tennessee, we receive thousands of questions from our patients each year. While your cosmetic concerns and medical condition are unique to you, here are common questions that many patients ask and may be helpful as you explore your treatment options.
1. How do I know if I need treatment?
Proper diagnosis is key to understanding if you do indeed have varicose veins and, if so, what treatment option would best alleviate your discomfort. During your initial consultation, one of our Premier Vein Clinics doctors who specialize in vascular diseases will examine your legs and veins with a painless ultrasound procedure called duplex vein scanning. This precise diagnostic test, which takes less than an hour and is covered by most insurance companies, allows your doctor to see the exact nature of your vein structures.
Once you have a clear understanding of what’s actually going on within your veins, you and your vein specialist can determine the best action plan.
Varicose veins cannot repair themselves, and if left untreated can lead to more serious health issues. Your doctor will advise you of a treatment plan best suited to your short and long term needs. A staff member dedicated to working with your insurance company will then help you navigate the next steps.
2. What types of treatment are available?
Depending on the assessment of your veins and the severity of your symptoms, treatments may range from self-care strategies, such as wearing compression stockings designed to increase circulation, to more advanced procedures.
For medium to large veins, your vein specialist may recommend a non-surgical laser therapy such as Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) or Radiofequency Ablation endovenous Therapy (RFT). With EVLT and RFA, your doctor will use laser heat to actually close veins, effectively rerouting blood flow through healthy veins. The procedures are performed in-office and are minimally invasive, using local anesthetic. Little or no down time is required.
3. How experienced is my doctor?
When it comes to finding the right specialist to treat varicose veins, this is a crucial consideration. Although many doctors can perform procedures, not all are vascular specialists. The physicians at Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville are board-certified vascular surgeons who have collectively completed over 10,000 vein procedures since 2004.
4. What results should I expect?
Patients pursue varicose vein treatment usually for a combination of three reasons—how their legs look, how they feel, and how severely their lives are being impacted. We will discuss how the best treatment plan for your unique factors will improve how your legs may look and feel, and the long-term considerations for your optimal health.
5. What are the risks with treatment?
All procedures performed at Premier Vein Clinics are minimally invasive and require only local anesthetic. Your doctor will take into consideration your overall health, history, and any specific concerns that are unique to you. We take the time to get to know you and your concerns and will adjust your treatment plan according to what serves you best.
Dr. Christopher Pollock, a board-certified vascular surgeon at Premier Vein Clinic says, “The success rate of treatment procedures is about 99 percent. Vein treatment has never been easier.”
6. What are the risks without treatment?
The National Library of Medicine recommends asking your doctor if there could be worsening problems if you don’t pursue vein treatment. If left untreated, varicose veins may interfere with your mobility and overall quality of life. Varicose veins cannot repair themselves, and the continued progression of vein dysfunction may lead to increased swelling, pain, vein ulcers, or blood clotting.
7. How long will treatment take and what’s the recovery time?
Depending on your assessment, treatments can be remarkable effective quickly. Thanks to advances in laser technology, most treatments are complete in about an hour, and most patients can resume normal activity with little to no down time.
8. What’s the cost?
You may be surprised to know that most treatments are covered by insurance. Premier Vein Clinics is unique in that we have staff members designated to communicating with your insurance company, helping you receive the best possible coverage.
Premier Vein Clinics of Knoxville is committed to making your treatment comfortable while achieving the best possible result. We are conveniently located in the new Premier Surgical facility at 6408 Papermill Drive, off exit 383.
To schedule an appointment call 865- 8229 or request a consultation online today.