Don’t Hide Your Legs This Summer!
By Anthony Alfieri, DO, FACC
Delaware Advanced Vein Center in Newark, Delaware holds free screenings monthly and have found that many people who suffer with varicose veins don’t seek treatment sooner because of “what they don’t know”. They want to help patients get the treatments that are available to them now, without wasting another year hiding your legs!
Here Are The Most Common Questions And Concerns:
Q. What Are Varicose Veins And Their Symptoms?
A. Varicose veins—which affect 10% to 20% of all adults—are swollen, twisted, blue veins that are close to the surface of the skin. Because valves in them are damaged, they hold more blood at higher pressure than normal. That forces fluid into the surrounding tissue, making the affected leg swell and feel heavy.
Q. How Are Varicose Veins Treated?
A. Since valves can’t be repaired, the only alternative is to reroute blood flow through healthy veins. Traditionally, this has been done by surgically removing (stripping) the troublesome vein from your leg. Venous procedures provide a less invasive alternative to vein stripping by simply closing the problem vein instead. Once the diseased vein is closed, other healthy veins take over and empty blood from your legs.
Q. How Long Does The Procedure Take?
A. Venous procedures typically take about 3-5 minutes, though patients normally spend 30 minutes at the medical facility due to normal pre and post-treatment procedures.
Q. Will The Procedure Be Covered By My Insurance?
A. At Delaware Advanced Vein Center, we know the insurance process can sometimes be daunting. Our expert staff will submit your claim and acquire pre-certification for your procedure, when required by your insurance provider. Delaware Advanced Vein Center accepts insurance from numerous insurance providers. The coverage varies depending on your provider and specific policy.
Q. When Can I Resume My Exercise Routine?
A. Many patients can resume normal activities immediately. For a few weeks following the treatment, your doctor may recommend a regular walking regimen and suggest you refrain from very strenuous activities (heavy lifting, for example) or prolonged periods of standing.
Q. How Soon Will I See Improvements In My Symptoms And Appearance Of My Varicose Veins?
A. Most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms within 1-2 weeks following the procedure.
If your question wasn’t answered or to schedule your free screening call Michelle, our customer relations specialist at 302-690-0933.
“I had a venous procedure done and I cannot believe the improvement I noticed in my legs almost immediately! I no longer have a tired feeling or heavy pressure feeling in both of my legs. My dark purple ugly veins I had around my ankles are not as noticeable like before. I highly recommend Dr. Anthony Alfieri and staff for this procedure.” – Sharon Calloway, Hockessin, DE
“Dr. Alfieri and staff were very friendly and professional. They were knowledgeable about the cutting edge vein treatment methods to reduce pain, numbness and swelling in my legs. I am very pleased with the results.” – Kimberly Hill, Townsend, DE
Anthony Alfieri, DO, FACC is a board certified interventional cardiologist, who has been practicing in the New Castle County area for over 25 years. His efforts to improve the quality of life for all individuals – both men and women alike – who suffer from the effects of venous insufficiencies continues with the formation of Delaware Advanced Vein Center. Dr. Alfieri has found that for many people, having varicose veins is needlessly limiting and it is a common misconception that the treatment of varicose veins is painful and not worth the effort. So as to provide better care for his patients, Dr. Alfieri is now performing radiofrequency ablations.
Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories:
The purpose of ICAVL is to ensure high quality patient care and to promote health care by providing a mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality noninvasive vascular diagnostic testing by a process of voluntary accreditation.
Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories:
The purpose of ICANL is to ensure high quality patient care and to promote health care by providing a mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality nuclear cardiology and nuclear medicine diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation.
Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories:
The purpose of ICAEL is to ensure high quality patient care and to promote health care by providing a mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality echocardiographic diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation.