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What is Vein Disease?

Improper functioning of the vein valves in the legs and other areas, causing swelling, skin changes, and adverse symptoms.

Vein disease is one the most common medical problems in the country. A third of Americans over 50 (20% of them men) have some form of vein disease.

Your veins play an important role in your circulatory system, and thus in your overall state of health. Normal, healthy veins carry blood from different parts of your body back to the heart and lungs, but for this process to work properly, the flow has to be "one-way." If the tiny vein valves become diseased or damaged, it can cause blood to flow backwards and pool in the veins, causing them to swell, and leading to varicose veins and spider veins.

The resulting swollen veins are unattractive, but contrary to popular belief, treatment is not primarily a "cosmetic concern." Varicose veins, for example, can cause swollen, achy legs and chronic tiredness, eventually becoming so debilitating that those who have them can barely walk. Left untreated, the swollen veins can become infected, causing the skin to become brittle and discoloured, and leaving your legs covered with open, bleeding sores called leg ulcers.

How do we treat vein disease at ECCO?

At ECCO, our top vein specialists treat vein disease as the serious medical condition it is, using the most advanced, state-of-the-art therapies available. Click the links at the right to learn how the best vein center in Colorado uses endovascular laser therapy (EVLT) for varicose vein removal and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy (UGS) for spider vein removal in Denver as well as throughout the nation.

Learn more: Best Vascular Clinic in Colorado: Men Get Varicose Veins, Too

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Does insurance cover spider veins?

Spider veins are typically a symptom of deeper venous insufficiency.  At your consultation you will receive a full venous evaluation which is typically covered by insurance.  Approximatley 90% of the time the evaluation will reveal a deeper vein issue.  Insurance will typically cover treatments for deeper vein issues and during that treatment your spider veins will be treated as well included by insurance coverage.  If no deeper venous issues are found spider veins can still be treated with self payment.

Do I have to wear compression stockings?

Insurance companies typically require patients to have tried compression stockings for 3 months prior to approving treatment for varicose veins.  This is discussed during your initial consultation. 

Do I have to wear compression stockings after treatment?

This depends on what treatment(s) are most appropriate for your venous issues.  ECCO utilizes the latest technology for vein treatments.  The newest treatment available (Radiofrequency Ablation) allows for treatment of veins with no need for compression stockings after treatment.  

Do I have to stay away out of the sun after treatment?

This depends on what treatment(s) you require.  Several of our treatments allow you to have direct sun exposure immediately after the procedure.  However with sclerotherapy it is advised to avoid prolonged direct sunlight exposure to the treated vein(s) for 6 weeks in order to avoid pigmentation.

Are my veins going to come back if I get pregnant?

If you have a venous evaluation where we can identify the underlying venous issues and treat the root cause appropriately then subsequent pregnancies typically do not result in recurrence of varicose veins.  However, everyone is different and new veins problems can occur with any pregnancy.

Are my veins going to come back after treatment?

If your veins are treated appropriately they should not return.  Can new veins form in the future? Possibly.  However new vein forming are unlikely if the underlying cause of your venous disease is found and treated.  This is why we do thorough and complete venous evaluation at your initial consultation so we can address the true problem which will result in your veins being treated successfully and prevent new abnormal veins from appearing in the future.

When can I go back to work?

Most patients go back to work the day following any procedure.  With the laser ablation treatment patients can go back to work the same day as soon as they are done with their treatment. 

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