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.

Traveling this holiday season? Know the risks of DVT

Tips for travelers on extended flights or drives

planeThe 2014 year-end holiday travel period is defined by AAA as beginning today, Tuesday, December 23, through Sunday, January 4, 2015.

Travel volume for the year-end holidays will reach the highest peak recorded by AAA (since 2001), with nearly 91 percent of all travelers (89.5 million) celebrating the holidays with a road trip and 5.7 million travelers taking to the skies.

Travelers with varicose veins — both men and women — should know the risks of DVT. Anyone with varicose veins is at a slightly higher risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) during a long flight or ride.

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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

Varicose veins and running

Low-impact activity is best for vein health

Vein health

Healthy calf muscles are necessary for optimum leg health.

Now that summer-like temps are here, many people are motivated to start an exercise program. For some, that includes running. But what if you have varicose veins?

Although running won’t cause varicose veins, our advice to those with varicose veins who want to become active is to consider low-impact activities first. Try walking, swimming, biking or any other low-impact form of exercise.

Tips for runners

Because running is a high-impact activity, runners often experience vein swelling, which can result in leg aching, throbbing, heaviness or fatigue. If you’re already a runner — with or without varicose veins — here are some helpful tips to keep your legs as healthy as possible:

  • Wear graduated compression stockings when you run to reduce leg fatigue.
  • Run on softer, more shock-absorbent surfaces such as grass, sand, dirt or an athletic track. If possible, avoid running on cement or hard pavement.
  • Monitor your legs for any vein problems. If vein problems develop, seek evaluation by a vein specialist.

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Schedule your vein treatment consultation now

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

Vein treatment consultation - bare legs

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