Five Common Myths About Varicose Vein Treatment
Since varicose veins and spider veins are so common, it’s not surprising that people have come up with unsubstantiated theories as to how they occur and how they are treated. In fact, it’s estimated that between 35% – 45% of people in the United States have varicose veins, and an even larger number have spider veins. More women than men have varicose veins, but they are not all uncommon in men.
Here are some of the most common myths concerning varicose veins:
Myth 1: Varicose Vein Treatment is Expensive
The most effective and widely-used techniques for varicose vein treatment, such as VNUS closure (Venefit™), EVLA (VenaCure®), sclerotherapy, and laser spider vein treatments, are minimally invasive and inexpensive.
Myth 2: Varicose Vein Removal Is Not Covered by Insurance
In approximately 80% of varicose vein removal cases are covered, either in whole or part, by insurance. Keep in mind that varicose veins are not only a cosmetic issue…the presence of varicose veins may be indicative of serious vascular disease. At the very least, varicose veins may worsen, causing pain. It’s worth a call to your insurance provider to see if any part of the procedure may be covered.
Myth 3: Varicose Veins Can Are Caused By Sitting With Legs Crossed, Or By Wearing High Heeled Shoes
There exists some old wives’ tales that daily habits such as sitting with your legs crossed or wearing fashionable high heels are causes of varicose veins, that is simply not true. While it is important for vascular health to get up and move around throughout your day, the act of merely sitting with your legs crossed or wearing a certain type of shoe will not result in varicose veins or spider veins. In fact, many people are genetically predisposed to varicose veins, others develop varicose veins after pregnancy, or other factors.
Myth 4: Varicose Veins Are A Cosmetic Issue; Treatment Is Optional
Untreated varicose veins may worsen, sometimes resulting discoloration of the surrounding skin, pain in the area, and chronic slow healing wounds. Most importantly, they can lead to blood clots, which may break off and block blood flow to critical organs. It’s important to get your varicose veins examined by a vascular surgeon, to make sure they are not a symptom of a more severe issue.
Myth 5: Varicose Vein Treatment Requires Invasive Surgery
Years ago, a surgical procedure known as vein stripping was the most common method of varicose vein treatment. In recent years, however, several non-invasive or minimally-invasive procedures have become the standard. Varicose vein treatments such as VNUS closure (Venefit™), EVLA (VenaCure®), sclerotherapy, and laser spider vein treatments, are minimally invasive, and affordable. They can be performed at your vascular surgeon’s office, and require little or no down time.