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Experts from a premier medical clinic answer your top questions about vein disease

July 9, 2019

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More than half of the American population suffers from some form of vein disease. If you are concerned that you might be one of them, you would want to learn a great deal about this significant healthcare problem. Our expert vein specialists from VTC answer your top questions about vein disease.

What are varicose veins and spider veins?

Varicose veins and spider veins are the commonest signs of vein disease. Varicose veins refer to the bulging, swollen veins that occur in the legs. These veins have a twisted appearance, and lie close to the surface of the skin. On the other hand, spider veins are smaller twisted blood vessels. Although they are visible, they do not bulge out. They can be bluish, reddish or purplish in appearance, and while they are most common in the legs, they can also occur in the arms and face. While varicose veins can run down the length of your leg, spider veins tend to occur in small clusters, with the inner part of your ankle being a common location.

Who is at risk of developing varicose and spider veins?

All older people, above 50 years can develop varicose or spider veins. They are more common in women, and pregnancy and menopause are independent risk factors for developing vein disease. The risk of developing these conditions increases if you are obese, smoke, or have a history of existing vein disease. Genetics is an extremely important risk factor, and if both your parents have varicose veins, there is a 90% chance that you will develop this condition as well.

What causes varicose and spider veins?

Varicose veins and spider veins are outward signs of an underlying vein disease, known as chronic venous insufficiency (CVS). This is a condition where the valves in your leg veins have become defective.

Have you noticed spider veins and varicose veins showing up on your legs, but are afraid that you can’t afford to treat them? Varicose vein treatments are more inexpensive than you think, and the average cost of varicose vein treatment is often covered by insurance.

Your leg veins (mainly the saphenous vein) carry impure blood from the legs back to the heart. Since the blood has to travel a long distance, against gravity, there are tiny one-way valves at the top of the veins that assist with the process.  Once the blood flows past, the valves close and prevent the blood from falling back into the leg.

If these valves become defective, blood begins to accumulate in the leg veins. This causes the vein walls to expand under pressure, and the vein bulges outward. Smaller branches from the vein can also get affected by the increased pressure, and this leads to the formation of new varicose and spider veins.

Should I get treated for varicose and spider veins?

In one word – yes. If left untreated, varicose and spider veins can eventually cause painful symptoms that decrease your quality of life. These include heavy, aching legs, swelling of the ankles and feet, and general fatigue. The area near the defective veins may become discolored and itchy. Over time, you can also develop cramps or throbbing pain in your legs.

Long standing vein disease can also have more serious complications. The blood circulation in your legs is compromised, so wounds may not heal effectively. Even minor scratches or scrapes can turn into open wounds and non-healing venous ulcers. If the bulging varicose vein gets injured directly, you can have profuse bleeding that may be difficult to control. One of the most dangerous complications, however, is deep vein thrombosis, which is the formation of blood clots within the veins. If these clots travel though the heart to the lung, they can block the blood vessel to the lung and can potentially be fatal. 

What are the treatment options for varicose and spider veins?

There are several treatment options available. Ideally, you need to stop blood from flowing through the defective vein. This was earlier accomplished by removing the entire vein, an invasive surgical procedure called vein stripping. Nowadays, there are minimally invasive treatment options that simply seal off the vein so that blood can no longer flow through it. Over time, the defunct vein gets absorbed by the body, and blood flows through healthier veins.

These minimally invasive procedures include:

  • Radiofrequency Ablation: The skin over the vein is numbed, and incised. A radiofrequency catheter is inserted into the vein. When activated, the heat seals the vein.
  • Endovenous Laser Ablation: A laser fiber is used instead of a radiofrequency catheter.
  • Venaseal: Medical grade glue injected into your vein seals it off.
  • Sclerotherapy: Injection of medicated solution directly into the defective vein to scar it and seal it. This is used for small spider veins.
  • Varithena: Medicated foam is injected into your veins. This covers more area than a sclerosant, and can be used for medium veins
  • Clarivein: A tiny device is implanted into your vein, which disperses sclerosant throughout the vein.

 

Is it safe to get minimally invasive treatment for varicose and spider veins?

Absolutely! The adverse effects of minimally invasive treatment are very, very rare. There is a slight possibility of developing an allergic reaction to the medicated solution used. Very rarely, you may develop an infection or a blood clot at the procedure site.

Bear in mind that the chances of adverse effects (especially infections and clots) are even less when you see an experienced vein doctor. Choose a reputed vein clinic, and a board-certified, trained vein specialist who is skilled at performing minimally invasive treatment for vein disease.

If you have more questions about vein disease, our experts at Vein Treatment Clinic are happy to help! Book an appointment at any of our clinics online, or call 855-386-0195 today!

 

Meet our Vein Specialists

Dr. Namrata Khimani

Venous specialist | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.

If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.

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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 in New York & New Jersey.

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.
Meet our diplomat-certified team

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, and the New Jersey community in Clifton & Paramus.

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.

Dr. Juan Montoya
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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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Meet our diplomat-certified team

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. Calvin Jung

New York University

Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung focuses in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.

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Meet our diplomat-certified team

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. Caroline Novak
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Dr. Juan Montoya
Dr. Carly Guthrie
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Namrata
Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
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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, and the New Jersey community in Clifton & Paramus.
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 >>

Calvin
Jung MD

NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL

Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung focuses in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.

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 >>
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