Many people have similar questions.  Here are a few of them:

1)  What if I need bypass heart surgery in the future, will I need these veins?

          These diseased varicose veins cannot be used for a cardiac bypass graft. Only healthy competent veins can be used for the bypass surgery.

2) How successful is vein ablation?

          For patients who follow all pre and post procedure instructions, the success rate is 93-95%.  This is much higher than surgical stripping.

3)  After treatment for my venous insufficiency, will I ever have to worry about visible veins again?

          You might.  This is why we like to see you for yearly follow up.  If any new veins form, we can treat them much easier when they are small.  Because of your genetic predisposition to varicosities, we encourage you to continue to wear a light weight compression stocking whenever you are on your feet for long periods of time.

4)  After the vein is closed, where does the blood go?

          The blood is redirected to the deep system. This system is very efficient in returning blood to the heart.

5)  How common is vein disease?

          Approximately 50% of adults over the age of 50 have vein disease.

Before or after treatment, you may have questions.  Please contact our nursing staff with any of your questions.  Email sent to will be answered within 24 hours during the business week.


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