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How Soon Should I Be Exercising After Vein Surgery?

If you or a loved one has recently had vein surgery, it’s important to keep your body moving and maintain a normal level of activity. While vein surgery is a simple laser procedure that doesn’t require hospitalization or general anesthesia, strenuous activity like high-impact aerobics, heavy weight training and Pilates should be avoided for at least the first week. Most people can resume walking right away and for at least 30 minutes a day. Not only does regular, low-impact activity improve muscle circulation, it also reduces the risk of blood clots.

Why Vein Surgery Isn’t Surgery at All

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT), Ambulatory Phlebectomy/Microphlebectomy and Endovenous Chemical Ablation are three types of highly effective and minimally invasive outpatient treatments for varicose veins. These procedures treat the root cause of your symptoms (the underlying cause), which means sealing off veins with unhealthy valves.

What’s the Difference Between Varithena® and VenaSealTM?

Varicose veins are painful, gnarled, enlarged veins that most commonly appear on the legs and feet. They occur when the valves inside the vein are too weak or damaged to push blood back to the heart. As a result, blood flows backward (reflux), pools inside the vein and causes it to swell. Varithena® and VenaSealTM are two FDA-approved, minimally invasive treatment methods commonly used to minimize the appearance of varicose veins in the great saphenous vein, the longest vein in your body.

What Are the Signs of DVT? Seven Common Symptoms of Vein Disease

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a type of vein disease that occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep, larger veins of the legs as a result of slow moving blood. Clots that form in an artery or vein can be life threatening and require urgent medical evaluation as they can lead to heart attack, stroke or another life-threatening clot. An estimated 900,000 people have DVT in the United States, but the good news is this condition is both preventable and treatable if it’s discovered early.

Is it Common to Have to Wear Compression Hose Before Vein Procedures?

Compression therapy plays an important role in the treatment of varicose vein disease. It’s a safe and effective way to increase blood flow in the lower extremities without surgery. It may also help alleviate pain and loosen constriction between the vein walls.

Depending on your unique situation your doctor may recommend compression therapy of between two and six days per week. He or she may recommend overnight compression therapy as well. 

Vein Treatment Costs: What Insurance Does and Does Not Cover

Typically, most people seeking treatment for varicose veins will find the evaluation of the vein problem is covered by insurance as well as the vein treatment itself. In most cases, Medicare as well as many other insurance carriers cover varicose veins that cause pain or discomfort. 

Vein treatment costs and insurance coverage

Before insurance companies can confirm coverage, they need to confirm that you meet certain criteria, including (but not limited to):

Spider Veins: Five Common Locations & Treatment Options

Spider veins are small, flat, damaged veins located just beneath the surface of the skin. While they are not typically painful or harmful, they can sometimes cause stinging, burning or aching.

These unsightly spider veins can be blue, purple or red and may appear in the form of thin lines, webs or branches. They are often the result of tiny blood vessels bursting, increased pressure in the vein or sun damage.

Common spider vein locations

Spider veins are commonly found in the following areas:

EVLT: Recovery Time & Alternative Options

EVLT, or endovenous laser ablation, is a minimally invasive, ultrasound-guided technique used to treat varicose veins. During the procedure, laser energy is guided through a tiny fiber to the inside of a diseased vein wall. The laser energy causes the vein to closeand restores proper circulation. Twisted, bulging varicose veins disappear within a few weeks of treatment.