If you are currently suffering from varicose veins, or at risk of developing them in the future, here are a few helpful answers to common questions about venous health.

Dr. John Mathai, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.C. and his staff at Premier Vein Specialists, LLC offer free consultations to discuss these and other related questions. Click to contact us for a free screening.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are a common circulatory disorder affecting roughly 20% of the adult population. They are superficial vessels that are abnormally lengthened, twisted or dilated, and are seen most often on the legs and thighs. They may be uncomfortable and result in swelling of the legs. If left untreated, varicose veins may lead to more serious problems such as phlebitis, inflammation or leg ulcers.

Are all varicose veins the same?

No. There are three venous systems—deep, superficial and perforators—all of which can be affected by varicose veins. Many factors contribute to the severity of varicose veins, including what system is affected, risk factors and the individual’s unique anatomy. As such, vascular surgeons rate the severity of varicose veins as one of six classes corresponding to the severity of the condition. Every individual is different, and no one treatment is the best for all situations.

Are varicose veins only a problem for older women?

No. Varicose veins can affect all individuals of any age and gender. Although they are more common among women over the age of 40, we have treated many patients in their 20s and 30s. The patients we have treated range in age from 21 to 92. It is also a misconception that varicose veins only affect women. We have treated numerous men for the issue. Over 10 million men in America suffer from varicose veins.

My legs look veiny and I don’t like it. How do I pick a doctor?

Look for an experienced surgeon and a practice where you feel comfortable. I practiced heart surgery for over three decades before specializing in the treatment of veins. I am double Board Certified with The American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and a Member of the American College of Phlebology. Our staff is friendly, and we like to think it is a welcoming environment. One of the reasons we offer a free evaluation screening appointment is to give you a chance to see what your situation is and how you like it here… at no risk. Click to contact us for a free screening.

Is vein surgery expensive?

Most of the procedures we conduct are covered by typical medical insurance programs.

Are the procedures painful?

All procedures are done with local anesthetic, with the patient awake. Discomfort is minimal.

What is the typical recovery time?

The procedures are done in our offices and the patient walks in and walks out. Most patients return to work the next day.

Are vein problems purely cosmetic?

No. Most are medical conditions. With insurance covering most procedures, there is no reason to endure leg pain and not like the way your legs look.

How can I get more information?

Make an appointment for a free consultation at Premier Vein Specialists for answers to more specific questions about your condition: Click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.