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Both men and women suffer from varicose veins. In fact, according to the American Society for Vascular Surgery, more than 20 million individuals suffer from this condition. If you are one of those individuals suffering from a varicose vein condition, then you know just how painful, discomforting, and unsightly varicose those veins can be.
Most individuals are interested in varicose vein treatment, but there are some myths that steer people away from seeking intervention. While the internet is a great source of information, it’s also a great source of misinformation.
Here are 3 of the biggest myths about varicose veins that prevent people from seeking professional vein care treatment, including varicose vein surgery.
In the past, it was true that after undergoing varicose vein treatment such as surgical vein stripping or high ligation, there was a risk that the vein condition would always come back and recur, usually by neovascularization. Thanks to today’s medical advances in thermal ablation techniques, along with a better understanding of what causes neovascularization following treatment of varicose veins, this is now a myth.
Thermal ablation with the endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) technique is used at Hogue Clinics to not only minimize the appearance of varicose veins, but to definitively treat and eliminate the underlying conditions that caused them. What’s great about thermal ablation vein treatment is that it’s safe, painless, and quick to perform. The EVLA treatment produces long-lasting results by heating, shrinking, collapsing, and fibrosing the treated varicose vein segment. Sclerotherapy is routinely used to treat tributary veins branching off thermally-ablated varicose veins for better overall medical and cosmetic results.
Many individuals believe that varicose veins will go away on their own. Some believe that by losing weight or massaging the area daily it will cause the enlarged veins to regain normal function and to go back to their normal size and appearance. However, the fact is that once varicose veins appear, they won’t go away without treatment since varicose veins represent a chronic medical condition that only worsens over time without treatment or intervention.
Remember, varicose veins are caused by pooling of blood within the veins. When this happens, intervention by a Vein Specialist is required to eliminate the cause of the venous reflux to improve the venous circulation in the affected areas. It’s also worth noting that at-home or natural remedies will not fix the underlying cause of varicose veins.
While vein stripping or high ligation surgery is usually painful and expensive, minimally invasive vein treatments involving thermal or chemical ablation techniques are just the opposite with regards to varicose vein treatment. Usually, medical insurance or Medicare coverage benefits exist for the insured to cover professional vein care treatments when therapeutic vein conditions of the Summary Plan Document are met.
For your peace of mind, varicose vein treatments are not painful. For most, the pain caused by enlarged varicose veins hurts more than the procedure to fix them.
Hogue Clinics specializes in the treatment of varicose veins. Since 2004, Hogue Clinics has treated thousands of women and men suffering from this condition. After a comprehensive vein evaluation, our Vein Specialist determines which vein treatment options are best for your specific vein condition. We offer various forms of treatment including endovenous laser ablation, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, visual sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, and others.
Call our office today at 1-866-219-4699 to schedule a FREE Vein Screening or Comprehensive Vein Consultation.
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