What is venous insufficiency or varicose veins? Venous insufficiency is a medical condition in which the veins of the body (usually of the legs) cannot pump blood back to the heart. This causes blood to accumulate in the blood vessels and eventually enlarge (varicose veins) or dilate.
Choosing the right Doctor to treat your veins can be a challenge, especially because the contemporary treatment of vein disease is quite different than what was done even as recently as 10 years ago. This is due, in part, to the recent U.S. Board Certified medical specialty called Phlebology, which focuses solely on the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. While many physicians offer medical services relating to vein disease, only a few are Board Certified Phlebologists, a specialty that has existed only since 2008. In addition, the modern practice of vein medicine requires mastery of specific medical technology. Again the best practitioners are Certified; this time in Ultrasonography.
As cosmetic procedures are generally not covered by insurance and thus an out-of-pocket expense. However, because vein disease is real disease most of the cost is covered by insurance. Additionally, it is common (25% of the time) for patients to come in for cosmetic procedures like spider vein removal and discover that they have underlying vein disease. If this happen, then insurance covers it all.
This is likely the most common myth told by doctors today. Not only is this untrue, it's just bad advice considering the potential side effects of leaving your varicose or spider veins untreated. Although doctors often say that if you feel no pain then you do not need to seek medical attention, varicose veins is definitely an exception to this rule. Unfortunately, if you have an underlying issue of venous insufficiency or venous hypertension (varicose veins) the pain resulting from this disease will increase over time and result in more serious damage to your body (e.g. venous leg ulcers (open wounds), even things like congestive heart failure). Furthermore, if your varicose veins are left untreated over time the vein values and connective tissue surrounding them will eventually die, then the real pain will occur. With proper treatment these symptoms can be eliminated.
There are many common myths about varicose and spider veins. The reasons for many of these misconceptions include outdated treatments as well as a lack of specialization. Over the last decade, however, there have been a number of new medical specialties. One in particular and the newest medical Board Specialty--Phlebology (2008)--, has allowed certified practitioners to reveal the truth behind many of these common myths.