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9 Common Misconceptions About Vein Treatment

9 Common Misconceptions About Vein Treatment

Posted on August 19, 2020 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Your veins, arteries, and capillaries work to provide your body with the essential nourishment it needs to perform each and every day. Unfortunately, damages can occur, and the result is varicose veins or spider veins. When this happens, it’s important to seek treatment to ensure that your body is healthy, and you avoid serious complications. While not everyone is excited about treatment, it’s not nearly as bad as you’d think. Here are 9 common misconceptions about vein treatment.

  1. Vein Stripping is the Best Treatment – it used to be one of the only options, but now we have much better alternatives. Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) is over 98% effective and has little, if any, side effects.
  2. Treatment Hurts – not anymore! In the past, treatment involved vein stripping—a painful treatment with long recovery times and inconsistent results. Today, we use laser treatments that are virtually pain-free.
  3. Invasive Surgery is the Only Option – today, treatment involves minimally invasive procedures and non-surgical laser treatments that allow for fast treatment options that require minimal recovery time.
  4. It Removes Essential Veins – your body is filled with hundreds of thousands of miles of interconnected veins, arteries, and capillaries. When veins become diseased, they’re not working properly. With treatment, your varicose veins or spider veins are reabsorbed into your body and your blood flow is directed to other, healthier pathways. You won’t suffer from vein treatment, you’ll only benefit.
  5. Treatment is Merely Cosmetic – while varicose veins can cause cosmetic concerns, vein disease is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. While treatment can be sought out only for cosmetic reasons, varicose veins indicate a sign of a problem. If you’re suffering from varicose veins, it’s important to seek treatment to avoid your risk for deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolisms.
  6. Vein Problems Always Return – treatment for varicose veins are essentially permanent for that vein. However, if you have an underlying cause that contributes to the development of varicose veins, you may experience new occurrences in the future. To reduce the likelihood of this happening, it’s important to see a vein specialist to understand what’s causing your varicose veins.
  7. I Can’t Get Treatment While Pregnant – due to advancements in treatment options, it’s perfectly safe to get treatment during pregnancy. Since the vein treatment is permanent, you’ll reduce your discomfort and avoid unnecessary suffering throughout pregnancy.
  8. Treatment is Expensive – while you might want to seek treatment merely for cosmetic purposes, insurance companies understand the dangers of vein disease. Because of this, most insurance providers cover vein treatment in some degree, if not entirely. Always talk to your insurance provider to understand your coverage.
  9. I Don’t Need Treatment – if you have varicose veins, you need treatment. Vein disease can get progressively worse and cause serious complications, even death. Remember, pain with varicose veins is a very late symptom. If you don’t have pain, it does not mean that your circulation is not compromised. It’s better to get treated as soon as you notice a problem.

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