A vein clinic is a medical center that diagnoses and treats vein-related problems, such as spider veins, varicose veins, and vein disease. A vein clinic is led by vein doctors, also known as phlebologists, who examine your leg veins, diagnose the root cause of your vein problems, and curate personalized vein treatment plans. However, when looking for vein clinics, you should only focus on those providing minimally invasive spider vein and varicose vein treatments — avoid vein clinics that still offer outdated surgical treatments for varicose veins.
Each vein clinic follows a unique treatment protocol. You must look for vein clinics that comprehensively diagnose the root cause of your vein problems before curating a treatment plan. The vein clinic should also provide minimally invasive spider vein and varicose vein treatments instead of surgeries. And they should provide free insurance verification and actively help minimize your out-of-pocket cost — most vein treatments are covered by insurance plans because they’re deemed medically necessary if you have vein disease.
Below, we provide a step-by-step overview of our vein clinic’s treatment process.
Step 1: Consultation
Our vein doctors examine your leg veins to identify the symptoms of vein disease, such as spider veins, varicose veins, and skin discoloration. They ask if you’re experiencing the symptoms of vein disease, such as restless leg syndrome, leg heaviness, leg swelling, and frequent leg cramps. And they review your medical history to determine if you have a high risk of vein disease.
Step 2: Ultrasound Scan
Our vein doctors always administer ultrasound diagnostic tests, known as duplex ultrasound, to confirm if you have chronic venous insufficiency. During this test, the vein doctor moves a handheld device over your legs to visualize the blood flow in your leg veins on a computer screen. Backward blood circulation and accumulated blood in leg veins indicate chronic venous insufficiency.
Step 3: Treatment Plan
Our vein doctors curate a personalized treatment plan based on your diagnosis and the location and size of your spider veins and varicose veins. They also select the ideal vein treatments based on your medical history, the possibility of allergic reactions, and insurance coverage options. After curating the treatment plan, they walk you through every step of the vein treatment.
Step 4: Primary Treatment
If you have chronic venous insufficiency, your vein treatment plan starts with radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, or venaseal. During these procedures, the vein doctor channels radiofrequency waves, laser energy, or medical-grade adhesives into the diseased vein’s walls, making them seal shut or collapse. The accumulated blood reroutes into healthier veins, restoring effective blood circulation.
Step 5: Cosmetic Treatment
After the primary vein treatment, or if you don’t have underlying vein disease, the vein doctor performs ambulatory phlebectomy or sclerotherapy to remove the superficial varicose veins and spider veins. Ambulatory phlebectomy involves the physical extraction of varicose veins through small incisions on the skin’s surface. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a sclerosant solution into spider veins to make them seal shut and shrink.
Step 6: Aftercare
Minimally invasive spider vein and varicose vein treatments conclude within an hour with no downtime or harsh side effects. You may experience mild swelling and redness, but you can resume your daily activities immediately. The vein doctor will provide some aftercare guidelines, such as wearing compression stockings for a few weeks and avoiding heavy lifting. We also follow up over texts to ensure you have a smooth recovery.