FAQs @ Missouri Vein Care
Knowledge empowers you to take care of yourself
Virtually all insurance providers cover some or all vein treatments. The reason they cover these treatments is because itu2019s a medical circulation condition. Our team will be responsible for clarifying that your condition is a circulation issue, and we will apply and obtain insurance coverage for you. We work to make sure there are no insurance surprises for our patients.
These are very patient-friendly treatments. Everyoneu2019s tolerance for a treatment is different, but most of our patients say itu2019s easier than going to the dentist. Treatments are easy enough that you can walk out the door and resume all activities immediately. After treatment, most people take either Tylenol, Ibuprofen or Aleve as needed, if at all, for any discomfort. If you have specific concerns, bring them up with me or my staff.
There are no restrictions after treatments, and patients are able to drive themselves to the treatments as well.
- Many people express concerns about their circulation and the potential risks associated with poor circulation.
- Just like having good air circulation in a home contributes to good health, the circulation in our bodies is vital for overall well-being.
- The circulation system operates in a continuous loop, with veins carrying blood from tissues back to the heart.
- If any step in this process is compromised, circulation slows down and blood can accumulate in the lower legs.
- This leads to inflammation, causing a range of visible and invisible symptoms.
Inside your veins are small valves responsible for helping make sure, as the heart pumps blood back up the legs against gravity, that there isnu2019t any backflow. However, sometimes these veins relax and quit working like they should. This is called vein reflux. A vein condition develops when blood pools in your lower legs. Your body responds with an inflammation reaction and causes the symptoms that are commonly characteristic of a vein condition – fatigue, feeling rundown and tired, legs that swell or ache in the evenings, and more. In some cases, a vein condition will occasionally show up with visible signs such as varicose veins, spider veins, skin stains or
Most vein problems u2013 90% u2013 have a family history and are shared throughout the family from grandparents to parents to children. Many of my patients remember that their grandparents or parents suffering from legs feeling tired, heavy and achy? Did they seem to need to sit often and put their feet up? Itu2019s highly likely that it was due to a vein condition. This is just one instance of how important it is to know your medical history – knowing that youu2019re not alone.
In virtually all patients I see, they are greatly relieved to know that a vein condition is something that happens to them – they havenu2019t brought it on themselves. There are, however, situations that can make an existing vein condition worsen or can trigger one to occur. It can be the result of a prior injury or trauma, or other major physical change like being hit by a softball or a sports injury. Do you sit all day, or are you on your feet all day? All of these can lead to vein issues. Once vein problems start, they will become more pronounced with time unless treated. The great news is that most people experience relief after the first treatment.
Being pregnant is one of lifeu2019s greatest joys, but being pregnant is naturally hard on a womanu2019s body. Common symptoms include swelling, painful aching legs and tender and enlarged varicose veins. Vein conditions tend to worsen with each additional pregnancy. With the patient-friendly treatments available today, thereu2019s no reason to wait until youu2019re done having kids to get relief.
Absolutely, yes. Itu2019s the most common scenario that I see in the office. The most common symptoms of a vein condition are invisible – itu2019s the veins under the skin that you can only see with an ultrasound. Only 20% of people who have a vein condition also have visible veins. For 80% of people with a vein condition, their legs look normal. The best indicator is in the pattern of how your symptoms occur, and in a vein condition, symptoms are always worse in the evening and at night. Our team knows these patterns and will look for them in you. The next step is to confirm with a vein ultrasound so that we can see the veins under the skin.
I hear this question a lot from people. When your symptoms are attributed to a vein condition, most patients experience relief after the first treatment. We have patient testimonials on our website as well as an explanation of how treatments work, but 95% of people we treat feel relief and get resolution of their symptoms. For some people, relief comes within a day or two and for others it may take a few weeks.
Everyoneu2019s work situation is different, but treatments take about 15 minutes with total time in the office about an hour. People can return to work immediately after treatment and you donu2019t need to stay home after your treatment or the next day. Treatments are gentle and easy to recover from. Our team will work with your work schedule to minimize any disruption to your work schedule. Weu2019ll provide a written excuse for your employer for the office visit if needed.