Vein Associates of Texas FAQs

General
Am I a candidate for vein treatment?

Varicose Veins
What are varicose veins?
What causes varicose veins?
What treatments are available for varicose veins?
Does insurance cover varicose vein treatments?

Spider Veins
What are spider veins?
What causes spider veins?
What treatments are available for spider veins?
Does insurance cover spider vein treatment?

Hemorrhoids
What are hemorrhoids?
What causes hemorrhoids?
What treatments are available for hemorrhoids?
Does insurance cover hemorrhoid treatment?

General

  • Have you previously been diagnosed with any form of vein disease, such as spider veins, varicose veins or hemorrhoids?
  • Do you have any visible spider or varicose veins?
  • Do you have any of the following symptoms?
    • Leg pain, aching or cramping
    • Burning or itching skin
    • Leg or ankle swelling
    • Legs that feel “heavy”
    • Skin discoloration or texture changes
    • Restless legs
    • Open wounds or sores that won’t heal
  • Do you have a family history of vein disease?
  • Do your legs ache after prolonged periods of sitting or standing?
  • Do you have blood or pain during bowel movements?
  • Do you suffer from anal itching?

Answering YES to any of these questions means you may be a candidate for vein treatment. Please call our office at 877-411-VEIN (8346) to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to giving you the treatment you need to fix your vein issues.

Varicose Veins

Common symptoms of varicose veins include:

  • Tiredness
  • Fatigue
  • Heaviness
  • Aching
  • Throbbing
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Swelling
  • Restless legs

Resting and elevating your legs can provide some relief from these symptoms, but treating the varicose vein is necessary to stop symptoms completely.

If left untreated, varicose veins will get worse and can lead to major problems like:

  • Skin infection and discoloration
  • Skin ulcers and possible amputation in advanced stages
  • Blood clots

To avoid these serious complications, seek help for your varicose veins.

  • Pregnancy
  • Being overweight
  • Medications that contain estrogen and progesterone, such as birth control
  • History of blood clots
  • Standing, sitting or flying for long periods of time without graded compression stockings

Although you generally can’t do anything to prevent varicose veins, addressing them immediately can help you avoid more serious symptoms, such as blood clots and ulcers.

  • Endovenous Ablation (EVA) – Using a laser, the doctor internally heats up the varicose vein to shut it down. This prompts a rerouting of blood and a reabsorption of the vein.
  • Sclerotherapy – The doctor injects medication into the varicose vein that irritates the internal lining and causes it to close. Similar to EVA, the body reroutes blood to other veins and the varicose vein is gradually reabsorbed.

Both of these treatments are performed with only local anesthesia and involve little to no downtime. Our vein doctor is extremely efficient, so you should be in and out of treatment in under an hour.

Spider Veins

Spider veins can sometimes cause symptoms similar to varicose veins, such as:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Heaviness
  • Fatigue in the legs
  • Sun damage
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Hormonal changes
  • Injuries

Like varicose veins, the biggest factor in developing spider veins is genetics. In some cases, spider veins may also be indicators of larger diseased veins underneath the skin. These veins will need to be treated first, or spider vein treatment will not be effective long term.

Hemorrhoids

Generally, symptoms of hemorrhoids will include:

  • Pain during a bowel movement
  • Blood in the toilet bowl or on the toilet paper after wiping
  • Anal itching
  • Ultroid – Painless and effective, the Ultroid system is able to treat internal and mixed hemorrhoids. Using a probe, the doctor will apply a small amount of micro current to the hemorrhoid, causing a chemical reaction that eliminates the hemorrhoid over the next week.
  • Infrared Photocoagulation – Small- to medium-sized internal hemorrhoids can be effectively treated using a beam of infrared light to close the hemorrhoid.

If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call 888-653-2728. You can also schedule an appointment using our easy online form.