Varicose Vein Myths Debunked

Varicose veins are large, bulky, ropelike veins that commonly form in the legs as a result of poor circulation due to hereditary conditions or an inactive or unhealthy lifestyle. While many people are aware of the possibility of developing varicose veins, there are many myths out there that are simply untrue. To help you get a better understanding about how this vascular disease works and the treatment options that are available, we’ve dedicated this blog post to debunking some of the most common varicose vein myths.
Myth #1: Wearing compression stockings will eliminate the problem.
Truth: While investing in a good pair of compression stockings is recommended to provide support and help prevent varicose veins from forming, they are not a cure. Instead, try a combination of support stockings to reduce symptoms and a minimally or non-invasive vascular procedure to prevent and correct the issue.

Myth #2: When it comes to varicose veins, surgery is the only option.
Truth: Although this may have been the case previously, innovations in technology have shed light on less invasive procedures to eliminate varicose vein problems. In fact, here at Island Vein Specialists, Dr. Gallagher uses surgical, as well as laser and radiofrequency procedures to treat vein conditions.

Myth #3: Varicose veins are recurring.
Truth: Once a vein has been repaired, the likelihood of a varicose vein reforming is slim. However, new vein valves may malfunction in the future that cause additional veins to swell.

Myth #4: Varicose and spider veins are one in the same.
Truth: Although these two terms are often used interchangeably, each condition is actually quite different from the other. To learn more about the difference between the two, click here to see our past blog post.

Myth #5: Insurance does not cover varicose vein treatments.
Truth: While spider vein treatments are considered cosmetic, varicose vein procedures are commonly covered under many insurance plans. We recommend checking with your insurance provider first, and when all else fails, there’s always up to 100% financing available through Care Credit!

Myth #6: Varicose veins only affect women.
Truth: It’s true that the majority of patients affected by venous conditions are female, but there are also many men that suffer from varicose veins as well.

At Island Vein Specialists, our main priority is to offer specialized vein solutions for each and every one of our patients, which is why we offer a wide variety of treatment options for both spider and varicose veins. In addition, our vein expert Dr. John Gallagher is a board certified general and vascular surgeon with over 30 years of experience, so you can rest assured that you’ll always be in the best hands.

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