Vein Care Blog

Who gets vein disease and why?

By Dr. Cohen If you have vein problems you are far from alone! Problems with leg veins are unbelievably common. As many as 60% of Americans have some sort of vein abnormalities in their legs. It is particularly common in women. As many as 40% of women over 50 have symptoms related to vein disease. […]

Am I too old for vein treatment?

By Dr. Cohen The saphenous veins in the legs are the most common sources of varicose veins. While physicians once removed them through painful “stripping”, we now do it by simply closing them off. This process is called “ablation” and there’s more than one way to ablate a vein. All the ablation procedures are very […]

What are all the options for closing a saphenous vein?

By Dr. Cohen The saphenous veins in the legs are the most common sources of varicose veins. While physicians once removed them through painful “stripping”, we now do it by simply closing them off. This process is called “ablation” and there’s more than one way to ablate a vein. All the ablation procedures are very […]

What do I do if my veins start bleeding?

By Dr. Cohen External bleeding from a ruptured varicose vein can be very frightening, but it’s actually not that unusual and generally not that serious. By far, the most common time for these veins to burst and bleed is immediately after a shower. Although they are veins and not arteries, the pressure can be pretty […]

What are the risks associated with vein treatments?

By Dr. Cohen You should always ask your doctor about the risks of treatment for any medical condition, and veins are no different. The good news is that the modern treatments for vein problems are extraordinarily safe. But nothing is completely risk-free, so let’s discuss it. What most of my patients are most concerned with […]

What can I do short of having a procedure?

By Dr. Cohen For the vast majority of patients with symptomatic venous insufficiency, the first treatment should be a course of what we call “conservative therapy”. These are measures that you can do yourself, which might improve your symptoms (although they can’t make the problem go away or make your legs look any better). Before […]

What about blood clots?

By Dr. Cohen The most common concern my patients express is about blood clots (thrombosis). Either having one or getting one after their treatments. Since you’re reading this, it’s probably a concern of yours too. So let me tell you more than you probably want to know. First of all, there are many kinds of […]

What’s causing my legs to swell?

By Dr. Cohen Swollen legs is a common complaint. But what to do about it isn’t so simple. It might be a symptom of vein problems. Or it could be a range of other conditions. The three primary forms of swelling are edema (water retention), lymphedema and lipedema. What’s the difference? If you press your […]

Insurance coverage of vein treatment

By Dr. Cohen You may have heard stories about how insurance will or won’t cover vein treatments. While there is some variation among insurers, there are a few consistent rules I can share with you. Your vein doctor’s office should help you understand and deal with your own plan and coverage before any treatment. The […]

What happens if I don’t treat my vein problem?

By Dr. Cohen Let’s face it. Having a vein problem isn’t exactly like having a heart attack. You CAN put off treatment! You can even choose to NEVER have treatment! BUT there CAN be consequences to letting your vein problem fester. First of all, the problem never gets better on its own. And it almost […]