For some time now, doctors have mistakenly informed their patients that varicose veins are simply a cosmetic concern. Unfortunately, for many patients, the notion that insurance would not cover their vein procedure means not seeking treatment. Not only does this misinformation lead a patient to ignore their symptoms of vein disease, but patients are often left feeling burdened by the potential out of pocket expenses. The result for many then generally results in waiting until the pain becomes unbearable or just putting treatment off all together. Although doctors may not try to intentionally mislead their patients, vein disease is a real disease and can lead to serious health effects the longer a patient waits to seek treatment.
Varicose vein treatments have significantly changed in the last decade. Previous to the newer treatments offered, many older adults where left with only one treatment - vein stripping. As many have learned the hard way, vein stripping is no longer a recommended treatment for varicose veins (in fact it was only saved for patients with severe cases originally). The reason being is that the surgery is painful and often causes more damage to other veins.
Currently, there are over 80 million people in the U.S. that suffer from underlying venous disease. Therefore, understanding varicose vein disease is becoming increasing important for both physicians and patients alike. As more and more people are beginning to develop an increased awareness of the possible symptoms and side effects of having the disease, one important consideration is whether your doctor is aware.
Varicose veins disease is a disease that can occur in anyone. Whether you are male or female, varicose vein disease is hereditary and your chances of getting them at some point in your life is one out of four. Although varicose veins are fairly common, many people are under the misconception that they generally do not occur until you are much older. This fact is simply not true.