The Top Five FAQs About Vein Disease (Venous Insufficiency)

We get many calls about vein disease. These are the five most popular Frequently Asked Questions that we hear:

  1. What are varicose veins?
    Varicose veins are enlarged, dilated, weakened veins that can no longer carry blood from your legs back to your heart against gravity. They can become swollen, painful, throb, itch and burn.
  2. What causes varicose veins?
    Genetics is the number one factor, followed by pregnancy, weight issues, medications containing estrogen or progesterone, and previous blood clots.
  3. What’s the difference between varicose veins and spider veins?
    Both are signs that you may have vein disease. Varicose veins are typically ropey, bulging veins on your legs visible to the eye, while spider veins are thin, blue-red-green veins that look like small, threadlike spider webs, usually appearing on your legs, as well as on your face, chest, arms, and back.
  4. Is a procedure covered by my insurance?
    Varicose veins are a medically necessary procedure, so their treatments are covered by most insurance, including Medicare. But spider vein procedures may be cosmetic, depending on their clinical presentation, and not covered by insurance.
  5. Why Are Dr. Calcagno and Dr. Rossi called “The Vein Docs”?
    David Calcagno and Dr. John Rossi are both board-certified in vascular surgery and phlebology. Each has more than 30 years of vascular and vein treatment experience.

To schedule an evaluation, call 1-800-VEIN-DOC (1-800-834-6362). Or request your appointment online.