Debunking Varicose Vein Myths

Many people put off talking to their doctor about leg vein issues because they think it’s a normal part of aging, it’s purely cosmetic or because insurance won’t cover treatment.

The reality is 40 percent of Americans suffer from varicose veins, a progressive vein disorder that will get worse over time if left untreated.

Most people suffering from varicose veins feel anxious or self-conscious about their legs. Below are some common myths – and realities – about varicose veins.

Myth: “Why should I be concerned about my varicose veins? It’s only a cosmetic issue, right?”

Reality: One of the most common misconceptions is that varicose veins are cosmetic. It makes sense for people to think this because they can be unsightly and cause many to feel self-conscious. The reality, however, is that varicose veins can lead to really uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Heavy feeling in the legs
  • Pain
  • Aching
  • Burning
  • Throbbing
  • Itching
  • Cramping
  • Restlessness of the legs

Unfortunately, if left untreated, symptoms will get worse over time. Varicose veins are progressive, which means if left untreated you will have an increased risk of developing more symptoms, including potentially life-threatening complications such as blood clots. This makes it incredibly important to seek help from a specialist if you are suffering any of these symptoms.

Myth: “What are varicose veins anyway and how can I get rid of them?”

Reality: Varicose veins are one of the most common types of vein disorders, which is why patients are always asking us what causes them and how to get rid of them. Varicose veins are swollen, unattractive leg veins that form when a person’s veins are not properly returning blood from the legs back to the heart. And as you know, they can cause people to suffer from significant discomfort and lead to more serious health concerns, such as blood clots.

Today, we use cutting-edge technology and years of experience to create the best possible outcomes for our patients – all with minimal discomfort, little downtime and no scarring. Gone are the old-school treatments of vein stripping and open surgery. In fact, our procedures are so much simpler that most patients typically return to their normal activities the very next day.

Myth: “My insurance won’t cover treatment, so I probably can’t afford it.”

Reality: Because varicose veins have well-documented symptoms like pain, swelling and fatigue in combination with visual evidence, most insurance companies will cover treatment. We accept most major insurance and no referral is needed. We also accept Medicare.

Vein disease is progressive and will get worse over time if left untreated. If you have symptoms that indicate vein problems, act quickly to seek a diagnosis and treatment. Get a leg up on life by contacting us today to schedule a free vein screening.