Answers To Your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Normal veins, through a system of one-way valves, direct oxygen-poor blood back to the heart and lungs. With age and the forces of gravity, over time these valves sometimes begin to fail and allow blood to collect in leg veins, causing the veins to become swollen, stretched and protrude in a rope-like manner. This is what is known as varicose veins.
The main contributing factor to the formation of varicose veins is heredity. Most people suffering from bulging veins and leg heaviness have a family history of this condition. Leg injuries, weight fluctuation and long periods of standing or sitting can also contribute to and aggravate varicose veins. In women (up to 50% of American women may be affected), puberty, pregnancy, menopause and the use of birth control pills are all contributing hormonal factors.
Spider veins are simply broken capillaries, the tiniest of all blood vessels. The medical term for the broken blood vessels is telangiectasia, and it is characterized by small red, blue or purple web-like or linear veins at the skin surface. They are usually less than 2mm in diameter and can be flat or raised.
Like varicose veins, spider veins can be painful as well as unsightly. Fatigue, aching, heaviness, burning, throbbing, itching and cramping of legs have all been reported with varicose and spider veins.
Insurance coverage varies from insurance company to insurance company and from specific plan to plan. We can assist you in determining what your particular coverage is. Generally speaking, insurers only cover procedures which are medically necessary, i.e. you must have symptoms which are causing you discomfort. Treatments for cosmetic reasons are rarely covered.