Step 1: Appointment & Insurance Verification
Your vein treatment journey starts when you schedule an appointment with the spider vein and varicose vein treatment center, TX. The vein treatment center is located within the Chase Bank building at 2900 Weslayan St Suite 650, Houston, a short 5-minute drive from The Galleria and River Oaks. The appointment can be scheduled online or over a phone call at +1 346-258-7302.
After the appointment, you can also request free insurance verification. An insurance concierge will contact you and request your details. The vein treatment center handles all the insurance details on your behalf, so you don’t have to worry about contacting your insurance providers. Furthermore, the insurance concierge works out all the details ahead of your appointment.
Step 2: Initial Consultation & Diagnosis
When you show up for your appointment at the vein treatment center, you’ll be asked to fill in some paperwork. You’ll be asked to enter your symptoms and medical history details, which will help the vein doctor curate a treatment plan later. Once you complete the paperwork, you’ll have a private discussion with the vein doctor. The vein doctor will examine your leg veins, ask about your symptoms, and determine if you have vein disease.
Vein disease, also known as chronic venous insufficiency, is the root cause of most vein problems. This is a circulatory disorder wherein the collapse of your vein valves makes blood flow backward and accumulate in the leg veins, eventually leading to spider veins, varicose veins, leg heaviness, restless leg syndrome, throbbing leg veins, and other symptoms. Diagnosing vein disease is essential for comprehensive vein care.
After your initial consultation, the vein doctor will administer an advanced ultrasound diagnostic test called duplex ultrasound. During the vascular imaging test, the vein doctor will use ultrasound energy to visualize the blood flow in your leg veins — backward blood circulation is the clearest indicator of chronic venous insufficiency.
Step 3: Treatment Planning & Cost Overview
The vein treatment center in TX follows a comprehensive and personalized approach to vein care. The vein doctor will curate a minimally invasive vein treatment plan based on your symptoms, diagnosis, medical history, and insurance coverage options. As such, each vein treatment plan is individualized according to your unique needs. Furthermore, you’re kept in the loop at all times — the vein doctor will provide a detailed overview of each possible vein treatment option.
Unlike most other vein treatment centers, our vein doctors actively consider your insurance coverage options and budget while curating a treatment plan. We recommend vein treatments for which you can receive maximum insurance coverage. The vein treatment center, TX, also follows a strict “no surprise billing” policy. As such, you receive a complete breakdown of your vein treatment costs, with and without insurance coverage, before your treatment.
Step 4: Primary Vein Treatment
If you have underlying chronic venous insufficiency, the vein doctor will start with your primary vein treatment. Your minimally invasive vein treatment options at this stage include radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, clarivein, and venaseal. These procedures use different methods to destroy the diseased saphenous vein responsible for your vein problems. Once the offending vein is neutralized, the accumulated blood reroutes into healthier leg veins to restore effective blood circulation.
The following is a brief overview of your primary vein treatment options:
- Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation: The vein doctor destroys the diseased saphenous vein using radiofrequency waves channeled via a catheter.
- Endovenous Laser Ablation: The vein doctor destroys the diseased saphenous vein using laser energy channeled via a catheter.
- VenaSeal Closure System: The vein doctor injects a medical-grade adhesive into the diseased vein to seal its walls shut.
- Mechanochemical Ablation (ClariVein): The vein doctor destroys the diseased vein with a specialized catheter with a rotating tip and sclerosant delivery system.
Step 5: Cosmetic Vein Treatment
If you don’t have chronic venous insufficiency or have already undergone primary vein treatment, the vein doctor will provide cosmetic vein treatments. Your minimally invasive cosmetic vein treatment options include sclerotherapy, foam sclerotherapy, and ambulatory phlebectomy. Each of these treatments uses different methods to remove the spider veins and varicose veins visible on the skin’s surface. However, these treatments only provide cosmetic relief from the visible veins.
The following is a brief overview of your cosmetic vein treatment options:
- Liquid Sclerotherapy: The vein doctor injects a liquid medicine called sclerosant into the spider veins. The sclerosant medicine fuses the spider veins’ walls, turning them into hardened tissues eventually absorbed by the body.
- Foam Sclerotherapy: The vein doctor injects a foamy version of sclerosant medicine into the varicose veins. The foamy solution fuses the varicose veins’ walls, turning them into hardened tissues eventually metabolized by the body.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy: The vein doctor makes small incisions on the skin’s surface to physically remove large varicose veins. This vein treatment is suitable for extremely large and bulging varicose veins.
Step 6: Recovery & Aftercare
Minimally invasive spider vein and varicose vein treatments are in-office, outpatient procedures. They’re safe, relatively painless, and conclude within an hour with no downtime. After the vein treatment, your vein doctor will provide some aftercare tips and guidelines, such as wearing compression stockings and avoiding heavy lifting. You can resume most of your daily activities and work immediately after your vein treatment. Some vein treatments, such as sclerotherapy, necessitate multiple sessions if you have a lot of spider veins. If so, the vein doctor will also schedule a follow-up session in a few weeks.