FAQ’s: How do I know I have vascular disease?
The chances are, if you have a history of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol, you probably have vascular disease.
If I have restless leg syndrome, do I have vascular disease?
Not necessarily, but you may have venous disease or even arterial disease responsible for these symptoms. You need to see a vascular surgeon.
If there is a history of aneurysm in my family, can I also get it?
The answer is yes, especially if you are a male over 65 and has smoked in the past or still smokes. Statistics have shown that anybody, male or female, with a history of abdominal aortic aneurysm in the family may develop abdominal aortic aneurysm in their lifetime. So you should always screen yourself if you have such a history.
What are spider veins? How are they different from varicose veins?
Spider veins are the small red or blue veins, much smaller than varicose veins. Varicose veins are much larger and result from incompetence of valves within the veins. The valves normally, help to hold the column of blood that is pumped back to the heart through leg muscle contractions. As a result of valvular incompetence within the veins, there is pooling of blood and pressure build-up that is transmitted to the superficial veins leading to varicose veins. Women tend to have more spider veins and varicose veins problems than men.
Does sclerotherapy (vein injections) hurt?
You experience only a tiny pinch. A very small-gauge hypodermic needle is used, much like people who give themselves insulin shots. After injection, a pressure dressing is applied and the patient is encouraged to ambulate immediately.
Are sclerotherapy medications safe?
Yes, they are FDA approved. People, who have a history of allergy to the medication, may have plain saline injection.
Is laser treatment safe?
Again this treatment is FDA approved. It is safe, except for a very low incidence of DVT.
There is a very small chance of this happening as an outpatient. If this is suspected patients can usually be treated by lovenox (a type of heparin) as an outpatient.
Are these treatments expensive?
Treatment for varicose veins is generally covered by your insurance. Treatment for spider veins is considered cosmetic; insurance does not cover it. Our office can work out a payment plan with you.