5 Myths about Varicose Veins Varicose veins affect more than 3 million people in the U.S. every year. Yet, 90 percent of those people don’t seek treatment because of the myths surrounding them. It’s important to know the facts and see a doctor about this condition. While you may be concerned about how they look, they may be a signal that something might be going on below the surface. They should be evaluated by a doctor so they don’t get worse. Left untreated, varicose veins have the chance to cause ulcers or potentially life-threatening blood clots. If you notice varicose veins, don’t write them off as just another part of aging. Talk to a doctor about how your veins may affect your overall health. Treatments for veins have come a long way in the last couple of years. Today’s treatments are done in the office, with little to no pain or downtime. Ask if VenaSeal™, laser, or radiofrequency ablation is right for you. It’s easy to put things off. The reality is, varicose veins won’t go away by themselves. Evaluation and treatment can help to avoid dangerous complications like sores that are difficult to heal and blood clots. The sooner you seek care, the sooner you’ll see results and start to feel better. Most patients are able to go to work the next day and are back to their normal activities in about a week. Within a few days after treatment they notice the aches, heaviness and previous discomfort lessen. The best way to find out how it will impact your life, is to discuss your particular case with a doctor. Most insurance companies, including Medicare, cover vein treatment for symptomatic vein disease. Varicose veins often fall into this category. Our staff will work with you to figure out if your insurance pays for your specific condition. If you suffer from bulging, aching varicose veins, schedule an appointment for a consultation.