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Frequently Asked Questions

What causes varicose veins and spider veins?

These conditions are the result of venous insufficiency, poor blood flow in the lower legs, which affects half of adults in the United States. The good news is that varicose and spider veins can be effectively treated and eliminated.

What is Venous Insufficiency? Is it serious?

Venous insufficiency is a serious condition in which blood pools in the veins, decreasing blood flow from the legs to the heart. Blood that pools in your feet and legs is not circulating throughout your body, which is bad for your heart. If venous insufficiency remains untreated over an extended period of time, ulcers or blot clots can develop. The earlier venous insufficiency is diagnosed and treated, the better your chances of preventing serious complications.

Will insurance cover my vein treatment?

Most insurance companies will cover these procedures for medical necessity but not for cosmetic reasons. Talk to your insurer. 

How long do these treatments for spider and varicose veins take to perform?

About 45 minutes to an hour.

Will I be able to walk after these minimally invasive treatments for ugly leg veins?

Patients can walk immediately after vein treatment.

Does treatment for varicose and spider veins hurt?

Not usually. You may experience minor soreness or bruising, which can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Will I have a scar?

There will be no scars or stitches. EVLT and thermal ablation might leave a tiny nick in the skin about the size of a pencil tip.  

Request An Appointment

To schedule an appointment with one of our vein experts at the Vein Centers at Mercy Suburban Hospital and Nazareth Hospital, call 1.877.GO MERCY (1.877.466.3729).

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