Are you aware that there are many myths surrounding vein disease? Some people think it is something you should treat, while others just assume it is something you live with. We’ve spoke with our expert docs, Dr. Robert Merchant and Dr. John Daake to clear up some common myths and address what you need to know.
Myth 1: Varicose veins are not a health problem, just a cosmetic problem.
The Facts: This is a widespread, and yet false concept. Varicose veins can lead to painful skin ulcerations, dangerous infections, and blood clots. If varicose veins are close to the surface, there is even the possibility they may rupture if jarred, which can lead to heavy bleeding.
Myth 2: Varicose veins are of cosmetic concern, and treatment will not be covered by insurance.
The Facts: Varicose veins are a medical condition, the treatment is usually covered by insurance and Medicare. Spider veins are more of a cosmetic issue and may not be covered.
Myth 3: It’s bad to eliminate veins because you need them for circulation.
The Facts: Varicose veins actually do the opposite and contribute to poor circulation. The blood pools in abnormal veins and can cause sever circulation problems. Damage to the skin in these areas as well as skin ulcerations can result for the poor circulation.
Myth 4: Surgery (vein stripping) is the only effective treatment. Vein stripping is no longer required for treatment of varicose veins.
The Facts: Vein stripping is a totally outdated procedure, and with new techniques, including Radiofrequency Closure and laser treatments, patients have more options when it comes to the treatment of their varicose veins.
If you would like to talk to a vein specialist directly, you can call (775) 329-3100 and schedule an appointment with Reno’s leader in vein health, Dr. Merchant and Dr. Daake. Or, you can visit our website here.