The Smart Choice for Varicose Vein and Spider Vein Treatments

What's New in Vein Treatment
What's New in Vein Care

Aired on March 13, 2012, this PBS program was produced in conjunction with the ACPH.
Approximately 20 minutes.

Over the last several years there has been a growing awareness regarding the important role that the venous system has in determining our overall health.Studies supported by the American College of Phlebology show that more than 30 million Americans suffer from venous disease including varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), yet only 1.9 million seek treatment annually.

At Performance Vein Institute of Los Alamitos, we specialize providing the most advanced, minimally-invasive procedures available today for treating spider veins, varicose veins and other, more progressive forms of vein disease. Typically, our patients can enjoy immediate health benefits and positive, cosmetic results with little to no pain or time away from their favorite activites. Many patients are surprised to learn that although spider vein treatment is not usually covered by insurance, treatment of varicose veins and most related symptoms of venous reflux disease are generally covered by health plans and even Medicare.

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Common Examples of Venous Reflux Disease

Varicose veins and spider veins are two of the most common, visible symptoms of venous insufficiency, but vein disease can also include subjective symptoms such as leg heaviness, pain and swelling. If left undiagnosed and untreated those symptoms can progress into more serious conditions, and that's why it's important to talk with a vein care specialist about your condition.

Varicose Veins

Compared with other veins in the body, leg veins have the toughest job of carrying blood back to the heart. They endure the most pressure. The heart pumps blood filled with oxygen and nutrients to the whole body through the arteries. Veins then carry the blood from the body back to the heart. Varicose veins are caused by weakening of the veins walls, which results in leaking of the valves within the veins. When the valves leak, blood will flow backwards in the veins and collect in the legs. (This problem is called venous insufficiency.) Backed-up blood increases the pressure within the veins and makes them enlarge. This results in varicose veins.

In order to determine your best course of treatment, an ultrasound test is usually performed--this is a painless, and very effective diagnostic procedure.

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Spider Veins

Spider veins are like varicose veins but smaller. They also are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. Often, they are red or blue, and can look like tree branches or spiderwebs with their short, jagged lines. Spider veins rarely are a serious health problem, but they can cause uncomfortable feelings in the legs and can be an indication of more significant underlying vein problems. Typically, treatment for spider veins is considered elective or cosmetic and generally treatment not covered by insurance, but in some cases treatment may be medically justified.


Getting the right diagnosis for your spider veins is the first step to evaluating your condition, and knowing your options.

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Other Types of Venous Disease Treated at Performance Vein Institute of Los Alamitos:

In addition to varicose veins and spider veins, we also treat a number of other vein diseases and related conditions at Performance Vein Institute including:

  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency
  • Superficial Vein Thrombophlebitis
  • Venous Ulcers
  • Chronic Edema
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
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