Step 1: Request an appointment and free insurance verification at the vein clinic.
Your vein treatment process at the vein clinic in Houston starts before your actual appointment. When you request an appointment, you should also request free insurance verification. Your assigned insurance concierge will handle your insurance details, review the terms and conditions of your insurance plans, and answer questions related to insurance coverage. Requesting free insurance verification before the appointment is beneficial because the vein doctor can later curate your vein treatment plan according to your insurance coverage options.
Step 2: The vein doctor examines your leg veins and discusses your symptoms.
During your initial consultation, the vein doctor will examine your leg veins, review your medical history, and discuss your symptoms. The consultation’s primary aim is to determine if you have underlying vein disease. In most cases, spider veins and varicose veins are symptomatic of a circulatory disorder called chronic venous insufficiency. This is a medical condition wherein your vein valves malfunction, and blood accumulates in your leg veins, leading to leg heaviness, frequent leg cramps, and other symptoms.
Understanding the root cause of your vein problems is essential for effective vein treatments. Treating spider veins without treating the underlying vein problem increases the risk of recurrence. Your vein doctor will ask you to describe all your symptoms, such as leg heaviness, leg pain, leg swelling, restless leg syndrome, throbbing leg veins, etc. The vein doctor will also review your medical history and allergies to curate the ideal vein treatment plan for you.
Step 3: The vein doctor administers vascular imaging tests to identify vein disease.
After the initial consultation, the vein doctor administers advanced vascular imaging tests, such as Duplex Ultrasound, to confirm the presence or absence of chronic venous insufficiency. The vein doctor will use ultrasound techniques to visualize the direction of blood flow in your leg veins. Backward blood circulation and accumulated blood in the leg veins indicate underlying vein disease. This helps the vein doctor curate the ideal minimally-invasive spider vein and varicose vein treatment in Houston, TX.
Step 4: The vein doctor discusses your minimally invasive vein treatment options and curates the ideal treatment plan.
The vein doctor will curate the ideal vein treatment plan based on your diagnostic results, symptoms, cosmetic goals, medical history, and insurance coverage options. They’ll discuss the pros and cons of all your minimally invasive vein treatment options and explain precisely what they entail. Furthermore, the vein doctor will also review your insurance coverage options to recommend vein treatments with the maximum scope for coverage. As such, your vein treatment will be completely safe, effective, and convenient.
Step 5: The vein doctor treats the underlying chronic venous insufficiency using minimally invasive procedures.
The primary vein treatment consists of minimally invasive vein treatments that address the underlying chronic venous insufficiency. The vein doctor performs procedures that destroy the diseased saphenous vein responsible for your vein problems. Once the diseased vein is removed, the accumulated blood automatically reroutes into healthier leg veins, thereby restoring effective blood circulation into the heart. However, different minimally invasive vein treatments accomplish this goal using different techniques, such as thermal energy, laser energy, adhesives, or mechanical damage.
The following is an overview of your minimally invasive vein treatment options:
- Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation: The vein doctor makes a small incision on the skin’s surface to insert a catheter into the diseased saphenous vein under ultrasound guidance. The catheter generates thermal energy to destroy the diseased vein.
- Endovenous Laser Ablation: The vein doctor makes a small incision on the skin’s surface to insert a laser fiber into the diseased saphenous vein under ultrasound guidance. The laser fiber generates laser energy to destroy the problematic vein.
- MechanoChemical Ablation (ClariVein): The vein doctor makes a small incision on the skin’s surface to insert a special catheter with a rotating tip into the diseased vein. The catheter mechanically damages the diseased vein’s walls while delivering sclerosant medicine to make its walls shrink and collapse.
- VenaSeal: The vein doctor injects a medical-grade adhesive into the diseased saphenous vein. The vein glue fuses the diseased vein’s walls, making it harden, shrink, and collapse.
Step 6: The vein doctor removes the visible spider veins and varicose veins from your skin’s surface.
The cosmetic vein treatment consists of minimally invasive procedures that remove the superficial varicose veins and spider veins from your skin’s surface. These procedures remove the visible leg veins without addressing the underlying vein disease. As such, the vein doctor performs these treatments after the primary vein treatment or if you don’t have underlying vein disease, as determined through vascular imaging. The vein doctor will choose the specific treatment based on the type, size, and location of your veins.
The following is an overview of your cosmetic vein treatment options:
- Sclerotherapy: The vein doctor injects a liquid sclerosant medicine into the spider veins. The spider veins harden into scar tissues eventually absorbed by the body.
- Foam Sclerotherapy: The vein doctor agitates the liquid sclerosant with air to produce a foamy mix that covers more area. It’s injected into varicose veins to facilitate their reabsorption into the body.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy: The vein doctor physically extracts the varicose veins through small incisions on the skin’s surface. The incision marks gradually heal and fade away.
Step 7: You can resume your daily activities and work after the vein treatment process.
Minimally invasive spider vein and varicose vein treatments conclude within an hour in the vein doctor’s office. After the treatment, the vein doctor will discuss your recovery guidelines, such as wearing compression stockings, walking frequently, and avoiding heavy lifting. You can resume your daily activities and work immediately after your vein treatment at the vein clinic in Houston, TX.
The Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Clinic is located at 2024 Richmond Ave #300, Houston, TX. If you have the signs and symptoms of vein disease, please schedule an appointment at the vein clinic today.