Q.) What is the cause of vein disease?
A.) Veins have valves that act as one-way flaps to prevent blood from flowing backwards as it moves up your legs. Backed-up blood makes the veins bigger and they can become varicose. They can also be caused by hormone changes, exposure to the sun, and injuries.
Q.) Are these procedures covered by insurance companies?
A.) Most of the procedures offered by Big Sky Vascular are covered by insurance policies. We get all procedures prior-authorized through your individual insurance provider as well as work with Medicare and Medicaide.
Q.) Does Medicare cover these procedures?
A.) Medicare does cover these procedures once a patient has completed 90 days of conservative care (i.e. wearing compression hose/socks during the day for 3 months).
Q.) Do I have to wear compression hose after the procedures?
A.) Yes, after a laser or radiofrequency procedure you will need to wear the hose for 2 weeks during the day. If you have Sclero Foam injections or cosmetic injections for spider veins you will need to wear the hose for 1 week during the day afterwards.
Q.) How much down time will I have?
A.) Down time is really limited to the day of the procedure(s) because we give you a small dose of Xanex for comfort during the procedure. For the best outcome we tell our patients to make sure they wear their compression hose during the day for two weeks after the procedure(s) and not to lift over 10lbs. for 2 weeks. Activity and moving are encouraged for quick healing.
Q.) What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
- Leg discomfort, heaviness or aching, worsened after prolonged sitting or standing
- Swelling, burning, throbbing or muscle cramping in lower legs
- Bulgy veins which are twisted and rope like
- Restless legs
- Skin color and texture changes
- Venous ulcers on your lower legs
- Itchyness around vein areas