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It is never too soon or too late to seek an evaluation from a vein specialist. Varicose veins may be a sign of venous reflux disease. Signs or symptoms of venous reflux disease include leg pain, feeling of heavy legs, tiredness in your legs, swelling of your lower extremities, leg cramping, restlessness legs, numbness or tingling or you have slow healing wounds or leg ulcers. Keep in mind that diseased veins are normally easier to treat and control the sooner the disease process has been identified, especially because of the progressive nature of venous disease.
Based on medical necessity, most insurance companies, including Medicare & AHCCCS, often cover most of the costs involved with radiofrequency vein, endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), and sclerotherapy. Our Tempe vein center financial coordinators goal is to hold insurance companies accountable to cover your medical care per your health insurance benefits plan and limit your out-of-pocket expense.
Our advanced vein center is very active with clinical research, working exclusively with Physicians Research Group, participating in various clinical research trials. Our location provides an opportunity to connect with one of the fastest-growing university research enterprises in the country.
Yes. Several studies have shown a genetic element to vein and artery disease. Chronic venous insufficiency may sometimes skip a generation or be present from parent to child. Visit our vein treatment Tempe office or our new Flagstaff vein clinic.
Our Vein Treatment Center is located in the ASU Research Park, a 320-acre research park located just north of Chandler in Tempe, Arizona. The Arizona State University Research Park is west of Mesa and just south of Scottsdale. After your appointment, feel free to walk around the three lakes along six miles of jogging trails with mature landscaping.
A very small amount of cyanoacrylate closure system adhesive is used to close the vein during the procedure. The body will absorb the adhesive naturally over time.
The majority of patients report little-or-no bruising after the treatment.
Thermal ablation uses heat energy to close the vein. Intense heat increases the need for a fair amount of numbing medicine which is delivered via needle. The many needle injections required will generally cause bruising and some pain after a thermal ablation procedure.
With our new medical grade adhesive treatment (VenaSeal™), there is only one initial needle stick and 20 minutes after the procedure has completed, you are on your feet walking out of the office as if nothing was done – without compression stockings. Patients report their immediate post-procedure pain normally ranks at a 1-2 versus the 8-10 level of pain pre-procedure. The same can be said with radiofrequency ablation treatment (RFA) and endovenous laser ablation therapy (EVLT) regarding pain, as patients report minimal if any pain. However, with RFA and EVLT you are required to wear compression stockings for 5-days after surgery. Putting off vein treatment is certainly more painful than either of these effective and minimally invasive vein interventions. The risks of doing nothing are much greater than the risks associated with these in-office procedures.
For most patient’s venous insufficiency is a progressive, lifelong disease. Successfully treated veins are permanently closed allowing your body to naturally redirect blood flow through healthy veins. The rate at which veins become abnormal varies greatly from person to person. We cannot predict the progression of your specific disease process, therefore, our vein specialists have established a comprehensive post-procedure follow-up program to identify residual or emerging issues in order to address your exact needs.
Following the VenaSeal procedure, recovery starts immediately as patients are able to resume normal daily activities following the varicose vein treatment. Patients often go right to work, others go to the gym or out dancing to celebrate their new legs, and all with only a discreet Band-Aid. After radiofrequency ablation, patients resume normal activities, but are asked to avoid heavy lifting for 24-hours. In addition, they are required to wear a compression stocking for 5-days.
With your valuable time in mind, we are able to perform the VenaSeal™ procedure 1-2 days following your initial office visit and consultation. Our provider’s schedule is flexible, established to meet your needs whether that means an early morning, evening, or lunch time appointment.
Procedures are usually performed under local or regional anesthesia. They are generally performed in our office.
Most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms within 1-2 weeks following the procedure. Some patients have told us they have had their first good night sleep in years on the same night of the procedure.
The most important step in determining whether or not a vein procedure is appropriate for you is a complete ultrasound examination by your vein specialist. Age alone is not a factor in determining whether or not a procedure is appropriate for you. Our vein procedures have been used to treat both women and men across a wide range of ages.
Varicose veins and spider veins are both visible surface symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, the inability of diseased leg veins to push blood back up towards the heart. The surface veins become distended and prominent because blood that should normally circulate through the body is instead accumulating in the legs.