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When should I see a doctor about my varicose veins?

Will my varicose veins just fade away eventually on their own? Are varicose veins dangerous to my health? Should I see a doctor about my varicose veins?

If you have ever pondered these questions, you’re not alone. More than 35% of Americans suffer from varicose veins –and most are women.

Varicose veins are more than just a surface ailment, their roots go deep and could cause serious symptoms if not addressed. VeinSolutions, a varicose vein treatment center in Austin, has expertise in treating varicose veins and a number of other common venous disorders.

Veins that appear thick, knotty and bulging under the skin are typically a condition known as varicose veins. They occur when tiny valves in the leg veins malfunction and have difficulty pumping blood up towards the heart as they are supposed to, resulting in the blood backing up and pooling in the veins.  These abnormal vein structures can create painful symptoms such as swollen legs, leg weakness and fatigue, unsightly blue/purple discolorations along the legs, and even serious sores/ulcers on the skin.

It’s time to see a doctor about your varicose veins when:

  • Ulcers on your legs or ankles do not heal
  • Legs or ankles are extremely swollen
  • Skin color changes around legs or ankles, or becomes tight or fibrous
  • Legs experience frequent painful cramps or uncontrollable spasms

VeinSolutions offers many options for varicose vein treatment that are conveniently done in the office with little to no pain or recovery time afterwards by our team of board-certified vascular surgeons and specialists. Sclerotherapy, endovenous ablation, and minimally invasive vein removal surgery are the most common and effective procedures available, and we perform them routinely.

Right now is an excellent time to have your varicose veins checked so that VeinSolutions can recommend a treatment plan to get your legs feeling, and looking, their best for the summer months ahead.

Will insurance cover varicose vein treatments?

When varicose veins become painful and accompanied by symptoms such as leg swelling or cramping, treatment becomes medically necessary and is typically covered by insurance. We participate in most major insurance plans including Medicare and suggest patients contact their insurance company to ensure they meet the insurance requirements.

Please visit us here to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists at VeinSolutions in Austin, or contact us at 512.452.VEIN (8346). For VeinSolutions in Georgetown, please contact us at 512-501-4287.

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