San Francisco Vein Center Special Topic Discussions

Visible Arm Veins And Hand Veins

Visible Arm Veins And Hand Veins

For many, visible veins in the arms and hands are undesirable and do not look good. It is understandable when patients seek treatment to remove bulging veins in these parts of the body. There are effective treatments for this condition. However, in most cases, it is...

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Can A Dermatologist Treat Veins

Can A Dermatologist Treat Veins

There are different medical specialists that treat veins. The most qualified tend to be vascular surgeons because they specialize in the entire circulatory system of veins and arteries. There are also phlebologists who focus only on the venous system. However,...

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Understand Your Insurance!

Understand Your Insurance!

There are two facts about insurance some patients are surprised to learn. 1. Your doctor does not determine what you pay. It is your insurance company that sets the prices you pay. Your insurance company tells your doctor what to bill by way of a legally binding...

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What Is ClariVein and Do We Use It?

What Is ClariVein and Do We Use It?

There are many ways to treat varicose veins. One option is mechanochemical ablation (MOCA), more commonly known as ‘ClariVein’. Other established methods are endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), radiofrequency ablation (RFA), and cyanoacrylate glue or "VenaSeal"....

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Do Spider Veins Recur and Come Back

Do Spider Veins Recur and Come Back

"After I get my spider veins treated, how often will I have to return and will the veins inevitably come back?" This is a popular question for patients who get sclerotherapy to treat their spider veins. Like treatment questions for many medical conditions, the answer...

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CPT and ICD 10 Codes for Vein Treatments

CPT and ICD 10 Codes for Vein Treatments

Doctors bill for their services using a coding system called Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and International Classification of Diseases (ICD 10). Everything in the medical industry is represented by one of these codes. Procedures, exams, diagnostic studies,...

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Phlebologist vs Vascular Surgeon?

Phlebologist vs Vascular Surgeon?

Different medical professionals can treat veins. But they do not all carry the same qualifications, capability, and experience. Many patients come to our office asking about a relatively new specialty called phlebology. A phlebologist is someone who treats a specific...

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Can You Exercise After A Vein Procedure?

Can You Exercise After A Vein Procedure?

One of the most frequently asked questions by my patients is if they can exercise after their vein procedure. The truth is, we don’t know if it’s okay to exercise after radiofrequency ablation (RFA), endovenous laser ablatoin (EVLT), or sclerotherapy (spider veins treatment) because no study has been done comparing the two. The short answer (or suggestion) to exercising after a vein procedure is the following:

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Diet and Varicose Veins

Diet and Varicose Veins

Does diet and health affect varicose veins? There are many different factors that can cause varicose veins such as heredity, pregnancy, gender, age, injury, trauma to the veins, and prolonged standing. While it can be difficult to impossible to control these factors,...

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Exercise and Varicose Veins

Exercise and Varicose Veins

Is exercise for varicose veins a good idea? This is an interesting question as some think that exercise can cause varicose veins and some think it can prevent them. Both answers are correct. There are many different factors that can cause varicose veins such as...

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Sclerotherapy Solutions Compared

Sclerotherapy Solutions Compared

Many patients come to my office after already having researched sclerotherapy on the internet. There is a lot of mention about different solutions for sclerotherapy. There are many different names and it can get confusing. One of the questions patients often ask me...

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