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How do I schedule an appointment?

To schedule a free screening, click here. You may also call 515-956-4158.

Does insurance cover the fee?

Certain insurance carriers agree to reimburse. After your initial consultation, we will discuss if your insurance company will provide coverage for the procedure. We will file your claim and discuss payment with you.

What can I expect before and after treatment?

Before the procedure
You will be asked to sign a consent form prior to each procedure. At this time, you have the opportunity to ask questions.
After the procedure
You will be given home care instructions and answers to any further questions. A follow up appointment will be scheduled to insure a positive response to the treatment.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged, dilated, bulging and unsightly veins just below the surface of the skin. Statistics today demonstrate that between 30-40 percent of American women may be affected. The leading factors of varicose veins are family history and pregnancy. Other factors include physical inactivity, long periods of standing or sitting and the use of birth control pills. Varicose veins affect men and women and are hereditary. Symptoms get worse during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Working in a profession where you are standing most of the time, might be a contributing factor.

Varicose veins impair circulation and can result in symptoms such as heaviness, burning sensation, itching and cramping in the legs. These veins can also produce swelling and even ulcers. Today with advanced technology, doctors can offer a multitude of approaches to correct or alleviate these problems.

What can I expect from the treatment?

Successful treatment will get rid of the damaged veins but not the genetic disposition. Therefore, even with successful treatment, other veins may fail in the future and  may require further treatment.

Which is better, surgical stripping or laser ablation?

Both procedures are for the same purpose, which is, eliminating the damaged vein. Surgical stripping requires larger incision and hospitalization. The rate of recurrence is higher and there is more need for pain medications compared to laser ablation.

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