The Role of the Vein in the Human Body
Veins are vessels that carry oxygen throughout the body and to the heart. Sometimes, however, these veins can become backed-up, enlarged and twisted, causing varicose or spider veins. These vein issues most often occur in the legs. Risk factors for varicose veins include older age, pregnancy, obesity or family history. Blood clots, smoking and standing or sitting for long periods of time can lead to similar vein issues, as well. A vein doctor specializes in assisting patients with these types of vein concerns. Beynd appearance, varicose veins can cause leg pain, leg swelling, and numbness or tingling and can be signs of larger health issues with the circulatory system. Due to this, it is important to reach out for help in response to these signs.
Notable Vein Doctors
All of the physicians at Metro Vein Centers are board certified and experienced in the treatment of varicose veins and vein disorders. Krista Bannon, M.D, has 5 years’ experience providing professional, surgical care. As a board certified general surgeon, Dr. Bannon’s surgical expertise provides excellent patient care and positive outcomes.
Her education includes completing her undergraduate education at the University of Illinois, followed by medical school at Meharry Medical College, located in Nashville, Tennessee. As a vascular resident with Providence Hospital and Health Systems, Michigan, Dr. Bannon gained experience with vascular procedures along with research and publishing. Currently, in Rochester Hills, MI, Dr. Bannon provides professional, person centered care with Metro Vein Centers.
At Metro Vein Centers, a variety of specialized treatments are available to help with varicose and other vein concerns. Many are non-invasive, including the Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), and Sclerotherapy. RFA involves radio waves used to treat the veins along with the negative symptoms that may accompany the veins, including pain and swelling. The heat for these radio waves cause the veins to close. This treatment is almost always covered by insurances. Endovenous Laser Ablation uses a laser beam to heat and close veins and occurs under general anesthesia and in the office. With Scleroptherapy, a substance injected into the vein causes the vein to close off. Although not always covered by insurances and requiring more than one session in some cases, this treatment option can effectively minimize varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
Treatment is individualized for each patient, completed in the office, and results in little down time or missed work. Often, regular activity, with limited physical exertion or heat exposure, is possible a few hours post treatment. Most insurances, including Medicare, cover some type of treatment for a varicose or spider veins.
Metro Vein Centers
Opened in 2006, Metro Vein Centers is a proven leader for vein treatment in the United States with 15 offices located in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Texas and Michigan. These specialized centers offer compassionate care and patient centered attention and can assist you to understand your insurance coverage and expected responsibilities for each treatment option to guide you to make the right decision for your varicose or spider veins. Treatment is available to help you to have pain free, healthy legs so call your local office today.