Frequently Asked Questions

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Why should I get my veins evaluated and treated at Texas Vein & Wellness Institute?

There are many people treating vein disease in Houston such as cardiologists, radiologists and surgeons. So how does one decide where to go? There is fortunately a credentialing organization called the IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission) that certifies centers for the treatment and management of vein disease. There are only 4 centers in Houston that have undergone this rigorous credentialing process in Texas and Texas Vein & Wellness Institute is ONE of them!

Are my varicose veins evaluated and treated at Texas Vein & Wellness Institute?

While vein disease is not usually life threatening or limb threatening, it can lead to serious impairment of one’s quality of life. Vein disease is a progressive disease that does not correct itself or cure itself. The problem will continue to get worse as will the symptoms which range from swelling, heaviness, cramping, aching, ulcerations, restless legs and more. These superficial veins can also cause thrombosis or clot, leading to more acute symptoms.

How common is venous disease?

Venous disease is one of the most common conditions affecting our health. According to the American College of Phlebology, 80 million people in the U.S. have some form of venous disorder. It can affect men and women of all ages and activity levels, and while it has a strong genetic component, venous disease can be aggravated by environmental risks, pregnancy, and other factors. Venous disease is common in people who have jobs that require long periods of standing, and the risk of venous disease increases with age.

Is vein disease dangerous?

While vein disease is not usually life threatening or limb threatening, it can lead to serious impairment of one’s quality of life. Vein disease is a progressive disease that does not correct itself or cure itself.  The problem will continue to get worse as will the symptoms which range from swelling, heaviness, cramping, aching, ulcerations, restless legs and more. These superficial veins can also cause thrombosis or clot, leading to more acute symptoms.

What is venous reflux?

Healthy veins have valves that regulate the flow of blood from your feet back to your heart. For many reasons these valves become weak and allow blood to flow back towards the feet, hence the name reflux. The blood flowing backwards creates enlarged vessels and discomfort/pain in the leg. This “extra” blood in the legs is under increased pressure and can lead to the swelling, cramping, bulging veins, discoloration and eventually ulcers. 

Are vein treatments covered by insurance?

Most health insurance companies do cover vein disease treatment. After booking your appointment, we will discuss your coverage and payment options if you do not have insurance. Click Here to see a list of all the insurances we accept.

What are the treatments for vein disease?

There are a variety of treatments available for vein disease. Since each case is unique, we must first analyze your legs using the latest in ultrasound technology and then create a customized treatment plan during your consultation. We are able to offer compression therapy, radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, or a combination of treatments.

Are vein treatments/procedures painful?

In general, all venous procedure are relatively painless. No sedation is required for any. We administer local anesthesia around the vein, which the patient may notice. The actual ablation and closure of the vein is not even noticed by the patient.

Is there any bruising, scarring or swelling?

You should not scar. Bruising is natural sometimes after the procedure but should disappear quickly after.

How quickly can I resume normal activity?

One may resume normal activities almost immediately. On the day of the procedure, you will leave with instructions to walk frequently and stay active. Heavy physical activity or workouts may be resumed in 3-4 days.

How soon will my symptoms improve?

Most symptoms should dissipate quickly. Within 6-12 weeks, your symptoms should be drastically improved. At Texas Vein and Wellness Institute we see 80-90 % improvement within the 6-12 week period.

What are my options for treatment?

Radio frequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment closing the main weak vein, allowing blood to be diverted to the many other healthy veins in the leg. Phlebectomy is another option that focuses on removing smaller, superficial veins. Sclerotherapy is also performed, where we use an ultrasound-guidance to seal the vein wall of small varicose veins allowing them to fade away.

What are the success rates of venous treatment?

We are approximately 95% successful in closure of the intended refluxing veins using the radiofrequency technique.

Are there risks associated with treatment?

There is always a chance of risk with any medical procedure.  Complications are rare in vein disease. Infection, clotting and nerve injury are possible but highly unlikely especially in an accredited vein center.

In addition to endovenous treatment, are there other treatment options?

There are non-invasive treatments options such as use of compression stockings, herbal medications, and lifestyle changes and prevention techniques. We start with conservative techniques as the first line of treatment, but in many cases other treatment options are needed for relief.

Do I need a referral from my primary care physician?

Depending on your insurance, you may need a referral from your primary care doctor. Feel free to set up an initial consultation or a free screening to get more information. Or call our office and speak with our team about your insurance rules.

What should I expect from my visit?

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Are there steps I can take to alleviate the symptoms of venous disease?

Yes there are lifestyle changes that can impact your symptoms.  Avoiding high heels, avoiding tight clothes, raising your legs above your heart, walking frequently, and taking breaks from long periods of sitting all can improve your symptoms. All of these changes will lessen the flow of blood to your feet, resulting in less swelling, pooling, etc. Compression stockings are also very helpful during periods of exertion, long sitting times, planes, etc. While these steps may help with some of the symptoms, the underlying reflux can only be eliminated with some type of intervention.