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Can Venous Insufficiency Be Cured?

May 20, 2022

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Venous insufficiency is a condition where the veins in your limbs are not able to send blood back to the heart, leading to blood pooling in the legs. In healthy veins, valves keep blood flowing in the right direction. If you have venous insufficiency, these valves do not work properly.

Thankfully, it is possible to treat this venous insufficiency and an expert vein doctor can help you find out how. Taking medication and making lifestyle changes to promote blood flow can help to ease the symptoms. However over time, many people may require procedures to cure venous insufficiency.

If you already know you have Chronic Venous Insufficiency and want to go ahead and find the best vein doctor near you that takes your insurance coverage, scroll to the end of this article to our vein treatment cost calculator so our team can help you verify your insurance and book an appointment at your earliest convenience. Vein Treatments are covered by all major medical insurances and Medicare. 

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What are the Symptoms of Venous Insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency causes several annoying symptoms, including swelling in the legs and ankles, a tight feeling in the calves, itchy legs, pain when walking, and restless legs. You might also notice your skin taking on a brown shade near the ankles. You could even have painful leg cramps and muscle spasms. Some people with chronic venous insufficiency develop leg ulcers that are hard to treat.

One of the most obvious signs of venous insufficiency is varicose veins. These unsightly veins bulge out of the leg, creating visible lumps that in some cases can be painful or itchy. If you have these symptoms, you’ll wonder -can venous insufficiency be cured?

What are the best treatment options?

There are several procedures that can treat varicose veins. These include radio frequency ablation, laser treatment, sclerotherapy, and VenaSeal. Can Venous Insufficiency be cured?

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Radio Frequency Ablation

Radio frequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive treatment for venous insufficiency. During an RFA treatment, a vein doctor inserts a fiber into the affected vein through a very small opening in the skin. This fiber releases radio energy into the vein. This energy heats the vein, which triggers a thermal reaction in the vein wall that makes the vessel immediately close up.

Vein doctors use a local anesthetic to numb the vein before using radio energy to treat the insufficiency. As a result, the RFA procedure is not painful. After the procedure, many people experience no or only very mild discomfort.

RFA is an effective treatment for varicose veins. The procedure causes the damaged vein to close up, which means that blood cannot pool inside it. Blood flows back to the heart through the remaining healthy blood vessels.

Laser Treatment

Laser ablation is another minimally invasive treatment option for chronic venous insufficiency. Like RFA, it involves placing a fiber into the affected vein. The difference is that this treatment uses laser energy, instead of radiofrequency energy, to trigger closure of the vein. Laser treatment is performed under local anesthetic and you can go home right after the procedure, which takes between 30 and 45 minutes.

For best results, take a walk right after your laser treatment to promote blood flow. Your vein doctor will wrap the leg in a bandage and recommend you wear compression stockings to help the treatment take effect. You might have some skin bruising, but usually discomfort after the procedure is minimal. Laser treatment has a 97 percent success rate when it is performed by a skilled vein doctor.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a treatment for varicose and spider veins. This treatment involves injecting a small amount of a salt solution into the vein to damage its lining. The damage causes a blood clot in the vein, which gradually turns into scar tissue that causes the vein to close up. Once the vein is closed, no more blood can flow into it, which means the vein becomes less visible through the skin.

Sclerotherapy takes between just 10 and 30 minutes, although you will need to wear medical grade compression stockings for several days or weeks to apply pressure on the vein and increase the effectiveness of the procedure. You might need more than one sclerotherapy session to successfully treat your vein disease. The best way to know whether you would benefit from sclerotherapy for varicose veins is to see a varicose vein doctor.

VenaSeal

VenaSeal is a type of “vein glue” that was approved by the FDA in 2015. Clinical trials have shown that this medical adhesive is both effective and safe as a spider vein treatment. When a vein doctor inserts the glue into the vein, it works within seconds t9o seal the vein walls. Within a few hours, the adhesive hardens and permanently closes the vein. Eventually, the body absorbs the glue. Meanwhile, the body re-routes blood through healthy veins.

A German study showed that VenaSeal had a success rate of almost 99 percent. Six months after this varicose vein treatment, 98.9 percent of veins remained closed. VenaSeal has the advantage of not using heat or laser energy to close the vein, which means it is less likely to be painful. You also don’t need to wear compression stockings after this procedure to ensure its success.

All these non-invasive treatment options have high success rates in treating varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. An alternative varicose vein treatment is surgery, but few vein doctors recommend surgical treatment these days because it is a more invasive and risky option. Non-invasive alternatives to surgery allow you to get back on your feet immediately after varicose vein treatment.

It is very important to have your varicose veins evaluated by a vein doctor before you decide on a treatment option.  In some cases, varicose vein are a sign of an underlying problem that requires evaluation and treatment by a vein expert. Schedule an appointment at the Vein Treatment Center to discuss the options for treating your vein disease. Vein Treatment Center accepts all major medical insurances, including Medicare. 

 

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Dr. Michael Nguyen

Harvard Trained | Spider & Varicose Veins Specialist

Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York & New Jersey.

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Dr. Michael Nguyen

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center.

As a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, Dr. Nguyen is considered a top vein expert for developing minimally invasive and customized treatment plans for the many symptoms of venous insufficiency, including leg cramps, skin discoloration on legs, spider vein removal, and restless leg syndrome.

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Dr. Caroline Novak

Venous Specialist | NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Board Certified vein specialist in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. Dr. Novak is well known for continuously performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area. She is committed to developing long lasting relationships with her patients, allowing her to personalize a varicose and spider veins treatment plan that successfully meets her patients' goals.

At her Clifton and Paramus vein clinic, Dr. Novak utilizes the latest and most advanced technology to restore patients back to health without unnecessary surgery, and with minimal to no downtime.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
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Dr. Sareh Rajaee

Venous Specialist | BROWN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Sareh Rajaee is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon and Vein Disease specialist. She is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in spider veins and varicose vein removal. She is proud to serve the New York community at our vein clinic in Manhattan.

Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Todd Kobrinski

Vein Specialist | GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Dr. Todd’s goal as a vein treatment doctor is to help patients achieve the best quality of life. After learning about you, how vein disease is affecting you and why, he is able to craft a customized treatment plan for your spider and varicose veins.

Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Juan Montoya

VASCULAR SPECIALIST | Yale Medical School

Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in New York. He is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in cardiac surgery, and is now proud to serve the Vein Clinics in Manhattan, NY.

Dr. Montoya performs the latest minimally-invasive vein treatments to treat Chronic Venous Insufficiency; a condition that leads to spider veins and varicose veins, along with symptoms such as leg cramping, pain, and fatigue.

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Dr. Carly Guthrie

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Carly Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. Dr. Guthrie is a double Board-Certified vein specialist, and is regarded as one of the top interventional ultrasonographers in the country. In her years of training and on staff at Harvard, she worked with the top venous specialists in the world, attending some of the most complex cases. Her areas of expertise include radiofrequency ablation using ultrasound guidance, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and the newly approved VenaSeal technique for treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

Dr. Guthrie is focused on bringing the newest and most-advanced treatments to Southern California in order to decrease recovery times and improve patient satisfaction.

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Dr. Billy Schoenfeld

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Schoenfeld has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients in his career. He is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.

Dr. Schoenfeld is focused on introducing new therapies to San Diego, such as the recently FDA-approved VenaSeal procedure for treatment of varicose veins. During his training at Harvard he worked with the best doctors in venous medicine and is now devoted to bringing those state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to Southern California.

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Dr. Jasmine Koo

VENOUS SPECIALIST | UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Dr. Jasmine specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider and varicose vein removal in San Diego, California. Her areas of expertise include Sclerotherapy treatment, radiofrquency ablation, and VenaSeal treatment for chronic venous insufficiency.

Our Vein Clinic San Diego offers FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

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Dr. Amanda Steinberger

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Steinberger has a great passion for the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency, which is demonstrated by her technical precision, unparalleled bedside manner, and extraordinary results. She is board certified in Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology by the American Board of Radiology.

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Dr. Thomas Arnold

Vein Doctor | Pennsylvania University

Dr. Thomas Arnold has significant experience with thousands of procedures performed for spider and varicose vein removal. He is adept at ultrasound guided procedures and cutting-edge vein treatment methods for vein disease.

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Dr. Kamran Saraf

Vein Doctor | Georgetown University

Dr. Kamran provides treatments to relief the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency; a condition commonly known for causing spider and varicose veins, leg heaviness, swelling and discomfort amongst other symptoms. Dr. Kamran is known as a top varicose vein specialist for his excellent outcomes and extraordinary patient care.

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Dr. Walter Lech

Vein Doctor | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Lech’s advanced technical skills are rivaled only by his empathetic, patient-centric approach to care. For the past several years, he has applied the same detail-oriented, compassionate treatment philosophy to patients suffering with chronic venous and lymphatic disorders.

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Dr. Mitchell Karmel

Venous Specialist | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Karmel is triple board certified with extensive experience in vascular imaging. He completed a radiology residency at Cornell Hospitals, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Karmel completed a two-year fellowship in Cardiovascular/Interventional Radiology at Harvard Medical School rotating though Brigham and Women’s Hospital, The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Boston Children’s Hospital. He has vast experience in vascular procedures and is coauthor on several peer reviewed papers and presentations.

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Dr. Zalekha Shair

Venous Specialist | New York Medical College

Dr. Zalekha Shair is a board-certified surgeon with extensive experience as a varicose vein and spider vein doctor. A long-island native, Dr. Shair completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Stony Brook before completing a masters program and obtaining her Medical Degree at New York Medical College.

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Michael Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Caroline Novak MD

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Dr. Todd’s goal as a vein treatment doctor is to help patients achieve the best quality of life. After learning about you, how vein disease is affecting you and why, he is able to craft a customized treatment plan for your spider and varicose veins.
Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Sareh Rajaee MD

BROWN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Sareh Rajaee is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon and Vein Disease specialist. She is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in spider veins and varicose vein removal. She is proud to serve the New York community at our vein clinic in Manhattan. Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Todd Kobrinski MD

BROWN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Todd’s goal as a vein treatment doctor is to help patients achieve the best quality of life. After learning about you, how vein disease is affecting you and why, he is able to craft a customized treatment plan for your spider and varicose veins.
Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Juan Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL

Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Read more >>

Carly Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.

Read more >>

Billy Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.

Read more >>

Jasmine Koo MD

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Dr. Jasmine specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider and varicose vein removal in San Diego, California. Her areas of expertise include Sclerotherapy treatment, radiofrquency ablation, and VenaSeal treatment for chronic venous insufficiency.

Our Vein Clinic San Diego offers FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

Read more >>

Amanda Steinberger DM

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Steinberger has a great passion for the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency, which is demonstrated by her technical precision, unparalleled bedside manner, and extraordinary results. She is board certified in Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology by the American Board of Radiology.

Read more >>

Thomas Arnold MD

Pennsylvania University

Dr. Thomas Arnold has significant experience with thousands of procedures performed for spider and varicose vein removal. He is adept at ultrasound guided procedures and cutting-edge vein treatment methods for vein disease.

Read more >>

Kamran Saraf MD

Georgetown University

Dr. Kamran provides treatments to relief the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency; a condition commonly known for causing spider and varicose veins, leg heaviness, swelling and discomfort amongst other symptoms. Dr. Kamran is known as a top varicose vein specialist for his excellent outcomes and extraordinary patient care.

Read more >>

Walter Lech MD

Harvard Medical School

Dr. Lech’s advanced technical skills are rivaled only by his empathetic, patient-centric approach to care. For the past several years, he has applied the same detail-oriented, compassionate treatment philosophy to patients suffering with chronic venous and lymphatic disorders.

Read more >>

Mitchell Karmel MD

Harvard Medical School
Dr. Karmel is triple board certified with extensive experience in vascular imaging. He completed a radiology residency at Cornell Hospitals, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Karmel completed a two-year fellowship in Cardiovascular/Interventional Radiology at Harvard Medical School rotating though Brigham and Women’s Hospital, The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Boston Children’s Hospital. He has vast experience in vascular procedures and is coauthor on several peer reviewed papers and presentations.
Read more >>

Zalekha Shair MD

New York Medical College
Dr. Zalekha Shair is a board-certified surgeon with extensive experience as a varicose vein and spider vein doctor. A long-island native, Dr. Shair completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Stony Brook before completing a masters program and obtaining her Medical Degree at New York Medical College.
Read more >>
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