Can I Prevent Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency is a condition where the flow of blood through the veins is impaired. In normal, healthy veins, blood flows from the legs back towards the heart.

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Can I Treat Spider Veins at Home?

The short answer is no. The gold standard for the treatment of spider veins is injection sclerotherapy.

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How are Facial Veins Treated?

Facial spider veins are easily treated at Minnesota Vein Center using a noninvasive surface radiofrequency treatment modality called VeinWave®.

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What is Ultrasound Imaging?

Ultrasound imaging also called ultrasound scanning or sonography is a type of medical imaging that uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body.

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Will my Vein Treatment Require Hospitalization?

Fortunately these days, hospitalization is not required for vein treatments. With minimally invasive procedures vein treatments, including vein treatments for varicose veins, have transitioned from the operating room to the outpatient or in-office setting.

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What can I do to prevent varicose veins?

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through weight management, exercise and dietary considerations is foremost for one’s vein health. Compression with support stockings may provide leg comfort and may also help manage lower leg swelling. While symptoms may be temporarily relieved, the underlying problem is not addressed. After a varicose vein develops, it is not reversible and relief is obtained only through treatment.

What is the underlying problem that results in varicose veins?

All large leg veins have valves that direct the flow of blood upward towards the heart. Over time, these valves suffer injury from overuse, trauma, hormones and other influences. A family tendency for this problem is often seen in women as well as in men. When these valves fail blood accumulates under pressure, engorging and distorting the veins of your legs. This condition is referred to as venous insufficiency or reflux.

What happens to my circulation after vein treatment?

After treatment of varicose veins with ambulatory micro-phlebectomy, ultrasound-guided chemical ablation or endovenous thermal ablation, the blood is re-routed to the deeper vessels. These vessels are more efficient at directly blood flow and account for at least 85% of lower extremity blood flow return.

What if heart bypass surgery required the need for my leg veins?

The veins treated by our procedures are dysfunctional or diseased. Only healthy veins are utilized in open-heart (bypass) surgeries and these are adequately available from other body areas.

Will my insurance cover my vein treatments?

Varicose vein treatments and procedures are usually covered by insurance companies. We accept most insurance plans and Medicare. Spider vein treatments are usually not covered by insurance. Your initial consultation, diagnostic ultrasound and office visit are usually covered by insurance.