Many people believe varicose veins are just a cosmetic concern. While generally harmless, these veins could be warning signs of serious underlying health issues.

Varicose veins develop when one-way valves responsible for moving blood through the veins become weak or damaged. Blood then pools inside the veins, resulting in the twisting and bulging you see in your legs.

With all the risk factors involved in varicose veins, it’s important to know the facts. Here are a few questions frequently asked to Dr. Mathai at Premier Vein Specialists, LLC.

Straight Talk About Treating Vein Problems – A Question and Answer Session with noted surgeon Dr. John Mathai, M.D.F.A.C.S., F.A.C.C. and director of Premier Vein Specialists (offices in Hanover and York)

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

A: 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 for spider veins is so that you get a chance to see what your situation is and see how you like it here at no risk.

Q: Is vein surgery expensive?

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

Q: Are the procedures painful?

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

Q: What is the typical recovery time?

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

Q: Are vein problems purely cosmetic?

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

If you’re having pain, even if it’s just a dull ache, don’t hesitate to get help. Also, even if you don’t need to see a doctor about your varicose veins, you should take steps to keep them from getting worse. Click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.