Three frequently asked questions about vein treatment

What you want to know about treatment cost, compression stockings and more

veins blogIf you have tired or achy legs, you may have issues with vein health, including varicose veins. Patients often come to the U-M Vein Center because they want their legs to look and feel great. Here are some of our patients’ most frequently asked questions about spider and varicose veins.

1. “How much does varicose vein treatment cost?”

We’re all conscious of our budgets, but most of the concern about treatment for vein issues arises from patients being told by well-meaning family, friends and even physicians that their condition is “cosmetic.” Not all varicose vein treatment is cosmetic and most insurance companies cover diagnostic studies and treatment of symptomatic varicose veins (those that cause pain, aching, swelling, itching, calf/foot cramping). If you’re unsure, come and see us and we can help determine whether your condition meets the criteria. Continue reading

Summer legs … can you ‘bare’ them?

The U-M Vein Center specialists treat spider and varicose veins to improve the health and look of your legs

water legs blogWe know it’s chilly outside now, but summer is on its way! Your legs have probably been covered up, trying to stay warm for the last several months. But now is the time to take a look and start thinking about the shorts and sandals season. Start thinking about summer legs!

If you have spider veins that don’t go with your summer wardrobe, there’s a solution. The University of Michigan Vein Centers in Livonia and Troy can help you get your legs ready for summer. The key is to act now because it typically requires more than one treatment and results are best after 6-8 weeks.

Our U-M Vein Center team can help with vein issues ranging from spider veins and swelling to painful varicose veins. Most spider veins and varicose veins can be treated with sclerotherapy. Some varicose veins require endovenous ablation. Endovenous ablation is a popular alternative to the historical stripping procedure; it is minimally invasive and done right in the office. We work with you, and together we create an individualized treatment plan that is best for you.

Take the next step:

  • Schedule your appointment with a vein specialist: Call 734-432-7662 (Livonia) or 248-205-1980 (Troy).

Cummings_EmilyEmily Cummings, M.D., is a board certified physician currently specializing in venous disease and is a member of the American Venous Forum and the American College of Phlebology.

Spider and varicose vein treatment: More answers to your questions

Vein treatment timing and recurrence, health dangers and more

Many individuals come to the U-M Vein Center with questions about veins2.fwhow to make their legs look and feel better. Often, the focus is on spider and varicose vein treatment. In a recent post, I answered questions about the cost of vein treatment, whether it is painful, compression stockings and more. Here are some other questions I’m often asked. Continue reading

Schedule your vein treatment consultation now

Almost time to replace those long pants and warm socks with summer shorts and sandals

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Schedule your vein treatment consultation now to get your legs ready for summer.

This is the time of year when long pants and warm socks are replaced with summer shorts and sandals. It is also the time of year when many patients come to the University of Michigan Vein Centers for a vein treatment consultation, wanting to know what they can do to get their legs looking and feeling great. Often, they are concerned with the appearance of spider and varicose veins, which impact more than 30 million adults in the United States.

The key is to schedule your vein treatment consultation a few months in advance, as some treatment options require follow-up and/or time to heal.

A visit to the University of Michigan Livonia Vein Center usually begins with an exam by one of our experienced providers, who will gather information about your vein health and share information about caring for your legs. In some cases, an ultrasound study of your legs may be necessary. Then, a personalized treatment plan is designed specifically for you.

New varicose vein treatment on the horizon

Varithena® is recently FDA-approved for foam sclerotherapy and has been shown to improve the symptoms and appearance of varicose veins. This treatment — a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that features injecting the varicose vein — is expected to be available this summer. Continue reading

From a vein disease doctor: 3 tips for healthy legs

Leg vein treatment can be cosmetic or health-related

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A venous health specialist, or vein disease doctor, can help with your vein problems, whether they are cosmetic or health related.

If you spend much of your day sitting or standing, you may have vein issues. These can include cosmetic concerns about spider veins, leg pain from varicose veins or aching and swelling in the legs caused by venous insufficiency. If your legs are in need of attention — either for cosmetic purposes or health-related issues — you may benefit from a venous evaluation.

As a specialist in venous disease (or vein disease doctor) I see a range of patients at the University of Michigan Livonia Vein Center. Some are concerned about the look of their legs due to spider veins and others come to us with blood clots. No matter what your concern, we can help. Even if your leg issue can’t be resolved at the Vein Center, we are part of the Venous Health Program at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center, with access to specialists in vascular surgery, interventional radiology and vascular medicine. This means we can get you where you need to be for the best possible care. Continue reading

Do you have healthy legs?

Sitting or standing most of the day can cause vein problems

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Sitting at a desk for most of the day can cause vein issues

Do you spend much of your day sitting or standing? If so, you may have vein issues ranging from spider veins to deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or blood clots, says Angela Haley, manager of the Michigan Livonia Vein Center. If your legs are in need of attention — either for cosmetic purposes or health-related issues — Haley advises you to see your doctor or a healthcare professional “for a comprehensive evaluation of the health of your legs.”

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