Frequently Asked Questions About Vein Disorders


Which veins can be treated?

Leg veins that are causing pain or are cosmetically unappealing are prime candidates for treatment. There are two treatment options: conservative ones such as compression stockings, elevating feet periodically, weight loss, and avoiding prolonged standing and corrective ones such as laser treatment, phlebectomy, and sclerotherapy.


How will my blood circulate if I remove my varicose veins?

Varicose veins are improperly functioning and cannot be corrected without removal. They are ineffective at returning blood to the heart. Most of the body's blood supply is returned via the deep venous system and the deep veins are never removed or treated during these procedures. There are also other superficial veins that help return the blood to the heart. Healthy veins are preserved, improving your circulation and preserving them for possible use later as a bypass graft source.


Does vein disease affect men and women equally?

More women are affected by vein disease than men. (about 70% female). This is primarily due to hormonal changes and weight gain associated with childbirth. Vein disease is also caused by heredity, weight gain, prolonged standing or sitting, and traumatic injuries to the leg.


Will insurance cover my vein procedures?

Most vein problems with an underlying medical cause are covered by many insurance plans and even by Medicare. We presently offer our patients in-network participation with Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and United Health Care just to name a few. Most insurance companies do not cover cosmetic treatments of spider veins such as sclerotherapy or Veinwave.


How do I know if I am a candidate for vein treatment?

Most people, including teenagers and the elderly, can be safely treated for vein disease in our facility. A careful evaluation by our surgeons is the best way to determine if you are eligible. You may want to consider postponing your treatment if:

  • you are pregnant or breastfeeding as veins may disappear several months after childbirth and treatment is not recommended while breastfeeding.
  • you have heart or circulatory problems
  • you have a history of blood clots in the leg


Our physicians will determine if you are a candidate for treatment only after a thorough examination of your medical history and vascular system, however.

GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center
302 Bryan Road, Suite 2
Brandon, FL 33511
Phone: 813-681-7512
Fax: 813-684-8974
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