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Vein911 Vein Treatment Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a vein care physician qualified to solve my vein problems?

Ask these questions when selecting your vein care physician:

  • Is your vein physician trained to perform and interpret ultrasound scans?
  • Has your vein care physician received specialized training in minimally invasive procedures?
  • Is your vein physician a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine?

If the answer to all three questions is “yes,” that’s a good starting point for selection.

Does my insurance cover vein treatment?

Yes, vein treatment is covered by insurance, for the following reasons:

  • Venous insufficiency is a recognized disease
  • Many people with varicose veins suffer life-style limiting symptoms
  • Vein treatments are low-risk and cost-effective

At Vein911 we work with you and your insurance provider to find out if you’re qualified for insurance coverage for vein treatment.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are enlarged, nonbulging veins on the skin surface that appear purple, red, or blue. They are unsightly and commonly found on the legs, though they can also appear on your face and other parts of the body.Spider veins are much more common than varicose veins and often co-exist with varicose veins.

Spider vein disease is typically a cosmetic issue, but if you also have vein disease symptoms a vein ultrasound exam is usually recommended to properly treat your vein problem. If you have symptoms, then an ultrasound exam is almost always covered by your insurance. Learn more about Spider Veins here.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins disease includes:

  • Enlarged veins that may be blue, green or flesh-colored.
  • Usually on the legs, varicose vein disease causes bulging of the skin and looks like twisted, bulging cords.
  • Not simply a cosmetic issue because, if left untreated, varicose vein problems can progress to a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

Learn more about varicose veins here.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins are caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins.

The heart pumps blood containing oxygen and nutrients to the entire body through our arteries. Veins then carry the blood from the body back to the heart. As your calf muscles contract, they push blood back to the heart from your lower body against the flow of gravity.

Veins have valves that act as one-way flaps to prevent your blood from flowing backwards as it moves up your legs. If the valves become weak, blood can leak back into the veins and collect there — this problem is called venous insufficiency.

Over time, this backed-up blood enlarges veins under your skin and they become varicose veins visible to the eye.

Varicose veins often cause leg symptoms, such as:

  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Swelling

Read more on varicose veins here.

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins are caused by:

  • The backup of blood in the body
  • Hormone changes
  • Exposure to the sun
  • Injuries

Spider veins associated with leg symptoms may indicate that larger veins are leaking under the skin surface. These hidden leaking veins can be identified using a diagnostic ultrasound machine.

Read more about spider veins here.

What are the risks of leaving varicose veins untreated?

Varicose veins commonly produce symptoms such as pain, swelling and restless legs and put you at risk for blood clot formation in your leg veins.Superficial venous thrombosis or varicose vein blood clots are painful and may take weeks to resolve.

Blood clots in deep veins of the leg pose a more serious health risk including risk of pulmonary embolism where clots in the legs break off and float to the lungs causing shortness of breath and sometimes death.

Skin breakdown or ulcers may occur with more advanced varicose venous disease.

Read more on varicose veins.

Are FDA approved products used during vein treatment?

Many clients want to know what kind of vein treatment medications are used during their vein treatment procedures and if they’re FDA approved products.At Vein911, only FDA approved medications are used to treat your spider veins and varicose veins.

Ask your vein care physician if they use FDA approved medications or if they use products made in a compounding pharmacy. Many vein care practitioners use compounded medications to increase profit. Below is a quote from the FDA:

“Pharmacy compounding is an age-old practice in which pharmacists combine, mix, or alter ingredients to create unique medications that meet specific needs of individual patients. It’s also a practice that is under FDA scrutiny—mainly because of instances where compounded drugs have endangered public health. In its traditional form, pharmacy compounding is a vital service that helps many people, including those who are allergic to inactive ingredients in FDA-approved medicines. But consumers need to be aware that compounded drugs are not FDA-approved. This means that FDA has not verified their safety and effectiveness. Poor practices on the part of drug compounders can result in contamination or in products that don’t possess the strength, quality, and purity required.”

The FDA does not approve compounded medications.

How long do treatments take?


Treatment usually only takes 30 minutes per leg. Dr. Pittman likes to say “If we are still friends after the first leg, we will move on to the second leg”. Only one leg is treated at a time. Once the first leg is fully treated, a second appointment will be scheduled to complete the other leg. Typically vein treatment consists of the following:

  • Thermal Ablation and Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGFS) are performed.
  • Most patients need 1-2 thermal ablations and 2 UGFS to complete treatment of one leg.
  • No downtime. You return to normal activities immediately following each treatment.
  • Treatments are virtually pain free and typically covered by your insurance

Can Vein Disease be prevented?

Unfortunately, vein disease is primarily genetic and you cannot pick your parents. There is no evidence that any drug, vitamin or nutraceutical will slow the progression of your vein disease. However, you can take some conservative measures to slow the progression of your vein disease. However, the below lifestyle changes can help with vein related symptoms:

  • Walk, exercise or swim! Remember, we have “3” hearts! The heart we all know about in our chest and the two we forget about in each of our calf muscles called the “calf muscle pump.” Contracting your calf muscle keeps your blood and lymph fluid from pooling in your legs which can lead to damage to your veins and unwanted symptoms.
  • Sit at the proper height! We often sit too high and put pressure on the back of our thighs. We should sit on our “butt bones,” not our thighs. Prolonged pressure on the back of your thighs compresses venous blood outflow and lymph fluid outflow, which may cause or worsen leg, ankle, and foot swelling.
  • Wear graduated compression hose! A quality pair of measured and fitted, medical-grade “graduated” compression hose are a wonderful thing. Ask your Vein Care Specialist for details.
  • Maintain an ideal body weight! An ideal body weight improves your mobility, allowing more exercise, which prevents blood pooling in your legs