Why are my veins so noticeable?
Likely you have developed a condition known as superficial venous reflux (SVR). SVR develops when the valves that normally enable blood flow out of your legs, become damaged or diseased. This causes blood to pool in your veins—most commonly within your legs. Typical symptoms of superficial venous reflux include pain, swelling, leg “heaviness,” or fatigue—in addition to varicose veins in your legs.
What can be done to eliminate superficial venous reflux?
Treatment options include the Closure® Procedure, or by an older treatment called “vein stripping.” The Closure® Procedure is a minimally invasive treatment for superficial venous reflux. “Vein stripping” consists of a surgeon making an incision in your groin and tying off each faulty vein. Then the surgeon strips—or removes each affected vein in an operating room, while the patient is under general anesthesia.
The Closure ®Procedure enables patients to undergo simple, local anesthesia, and the surgeon simply leaves the faulty veins in place. Using a special (Closure®) catheter (a hollow needle through which the surgeon injects a solution) the patient is treated on an outpatient (walk-in) basis.
An alternative to the Closure® Procedure, is radio frequency (RF) energy treatment. In RF treatment, the surgeon delivers RF energy through a similar catheter, to the vein’s inner walls. This results in the faulty vein’s collapse, which then seals shut.
What happens to my faulty veins afterward?
The human body’s remarkable ability to heal itself is at work. Upon completion of vein treatment, the faulty veins simply become fibrous tissue. In time your body reabsorbs this fibrous tissue. One study reported that treated veins are indistinguishable from other body tissue one year after the Closure® Procedure was performed.
Does it hurt?
Your surgeon or an anesthesiologist will administer local or regional anesthetic to numb the area to be treated. Patients report feeling little to no pain during a procedure. Of course each patient is unique.
How long does a treatment usually take?
An actual procedure is typically completed within 45 minutes. Please plan to spend at least 2-3 hours in sum at the Scottsdale Vein Center on your day of treatment.
How quickly can I return to my normal daily activities?
Patients can resume normal activity within one or two days. For a few weeks following treatment, a regular walking regimen is recommended. Strenuous activity is discouraged for a few weeks post-treatment (heavy lifting for example).
How soon will my symptoms improve?
The majority of patients report noticeable improvement quite soon after completion of their procedure. Improvement time depends on a host of variables including age, fitness, genetics, activity levels, etc.
What are the potential risks or complications?
As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with any procedure. Each patient is recommended to consult their primary care physician to determine whether any prospective risk might exist. Additionally Scottsdale Vein Center’s physicians thoroughly consult with each patient preceding any vein treatment option. Potential complications can include numbness or tingling sensation (paresthesia), skin burn, vessel perforation, thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, phlebitis, hematoma, infection.
Does any scarring, bruising, or swelling after treatment occur?
Patients report minimal-to-no scarring, bruising or swelling after a vein procedure. Occasionally slight tenderness or numbness might occur in the weeks directly after treatment.
For how long will my treated veins remain shut?
Published reports indicate that over 90% of treated veins remain closed after two years.
Will my insurance or Medicare cover my vein treatment?
Scottsdale Vein Center is a Medicare approved provider. Scottsdale Vein Center also accepts most major insurance plans. If your insurer and Scottsdale Vein Center are not contracted, we will do all possible to obtain a preauthorization from your insurer before your procedure.
Insurers and Medicare cover medically necessary procedures including all the various treatments provided by Scottsdale Vein Center. Your physician will discuss whether your treatment is medically necessary and will also discuss all your options.