FAQ with Our Vein Doctors in Utah

Here are some of the questions we get asked most often. Our vein doctors in Utah have answers for you! If you don’t see your question answered here, email us and we will do our best to answer.

Top Questions

Am I a candidate for varicose vein treatment?

If you have pain, swelling, or heaviness in your legs, ankles, or pelvis, you may have varicose veins (venous insufficiency). Typically, varicose vein patients also suffer from pain while standing or walking for long periods of time. Venous insufficiency is a disease and should be treated by professionals who specialize in comprehensive varicose vein management, including diagnosis and treatment.

Does my insurance cover my procedures?

Insurance will cover most procedures we offer. If there is a question about coverage, our staff will determine if your insurance will approve the expenses. If your insurance does not cover a procedure, payment options can be arranged to meet your individual needs.

How do you determine which veins to treat?

In addition to obtaining a detailed medical history and physical examination, we perform a comprehensive ultrasound evaluation that will help to identify the sources of venous disease (reflux). After a detailed evaluation, we formulate an individualized game plan and treatment schedule. Every patient receives an individualized and specialized plan for treatment.

What is the difference between a good vein and a bad vein?

Veins contain one way valves that allow blood to return back to the heart. If those valves are faulty, blood can travel in the opposite direction-away from the heart. This condition is known as venous reflux, which can result in painful vein distension and other complications.

Are all varicose veins visible from the outside?

No, varicose veins may be hidden from your view. Just because you don’t see varicose veins, does not mean that you don’t have them. Our diagnostic evaluation may indicate that you are suffering from varicose veins, even when they are not visible. Often, someone suffering from leg pain will visit their doctor, not knowing they have varicose vein disease.

What happens to the blood flow that normally goes through that vein that has been treated?

The blood flow from your varicose vein is redirected into pathways that readily compensate for the absent varicose veins.

Could my pelvic pain be related to varicose veins?

Absolutely. Just as you may have varicose veins in your legs, you could have them in your pelvis. Several days before menstruation, some women get throbbing pains in their hips and legs-which is a common symptom of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. Treatment for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is available at Red Sands Vein and Laser Institute.

Learn about a related condition: chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

Should I wait until I finish having children to have my veins repaired?

If varicose veins or pelvic venous congestion syndrome makes pregnancy, and life between pregnancies unbearable, treatment is available prior to subsequent pregnancies.

Read more about what causes varicose veins during pregnancy and how to help prevent them.

Why are varicose veins itchy and painful?

There are several reasons that varicose veins become itchy and painful: swelling around the ankles or feet, excessive dryness of the skin, and throbbing or cramps in the legs. Read more about itchy and painful veins, and how we can help. 

Can varicose veins be prevented?

Even if varicose veins seem to run in your family, there are things you can do to help prevent them or at least slow their development. Here are our top 6 suggestions to help prevent varicose veins. 

Why Red Sands

What makes Red Sands Vein and Laser Institute unique for varicose vein treatment?

We are one of the most respected vein care centers in the nation. Our physicians are board-certified vascular specialists with dedicated fellowship training in either interventional radiology or vascular surgery. They specialize in the latest techniques of diagnostic imaging and endovascular treatment.

What kind of procedures do you perform that would help my varicose vein disease?

At Red Sands Vein and Laser Institute, we offer minimally invasive, advanced alternatives to vein stripping or ligation. These procedures allow us to eliminate the primary source(s) of reflux or the diseased vein(s) feeding your varicosities. In most cases, a small tube (or catheter) is inserted into the diseased vein that allows treatment inside of the diseased vein.

Can you guarantee the results?

Due to genetics and many other factors, you may be predisposed to future problems. We view our services as “varicose vein management” rather than a one time cure all. Since there is no definite way to prevent additional veins from becoming diseased, varicose veins may be an ongoing challenge for you.

About Our Treatments

How long does a procedure last?

Each procedure, completed under a localized anesthetic, takes approximately one hour. Little additional time is spent at the office; after the procedure, you are able to return to your home.

Is the procedure painful?

Not usually. Local anesthetic is administered during the procedure. Afterwards, an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication is usually all that is necessary for your comfort.

Will I need to limit my activity after the procedure?

Unless the activity is vigorous, you actually should not limit your activity after a procedure. Full recovery usually takes a week, but patients can generally resume normal daily activity within hours of completing the procedure.

Will treatments leave any scarring?

Minimal scarring may occur from treatments that we perform. In some cases, the treated site may have mild residual bronzing or slight discoloration. These changes generally diminish with time.

Can all of my veins be treated in one session?

In most cases it takes more than one visit to treat your varicose veins. However, if only a single vein is causing problems, only one treatment may be needed.

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