Varicose veins are a very prevalent problem. It is estimated that 40 million Americans have varicose veins. Many of these patients have symptoms that meet medical necessity and are covered by your insurance carrier .
Varicose veins are more common in females than males. Most varicosities result from the valves in the veins not functioning (Venous Disease – Medtronic). Varicose veins usually run in families. In addition risk for developing varicosities increases with previous trauma, DVT, pregnancy and prolonged standing.
Individuals with varicose veins may also have leg aching, swelling, heaviness, itching, restless legs or open wounds. The varicosities are usually a manifestation of an underlying problem with the veins and their valves.
Compression hose, exercise and leg elevation is helpful in lessening the discomfort with the legs. The problem is these treatments are not curative. Compression hose although sometimes effective are cumbersome, uncomfortable and often very difficult to put on.
If you have varicosities with leg discomfort treatment is often covered by Medicare and most insurance carriers. If conservative measures have not helped alleviate your leg pain then it is best to be evaluated by a physician that specializes in venous care.
With a History, Physical exam and a diagnostic ultrasound the source of your problem can often be discovered.
Patients with symptomatic varicosities from greater saphenous or small saphenous reflux can be treated with laser ablation and microphlebectomy.
I personally have performed over 3,000 in office varicose veins procedures ( laser ablation and or microphlebectomy) over the last 12 years. From my experience patients do extremely well with this type of procedure. The recovery time is quick and no sutures are required.