FAQ, Helpful Resources
Following are some frequently asked questions. If the information you need is not covered in our website, please call us at (203)574-0400.
I have been told that I have large veins and need vein stripping. Is that what you would recommend?
Surgical stripping is very invasive, requires general anesthesia and often does not treat venous reflux at its source. Instead, we offer other alternatives in a safe outpatient setting with little or no discomfort and downtime. Our procedures are extremely effective in eliminating unhealthy veins. Visit our treatments section for more information.
Does insurance cover my treatments?
Insurance will cover office visits, diagnostic tests and procedures related to the correction of your vein problems. We will provide your carrier with the diagnostic and procedure codes as well as appropriate documentation for pre-certification. It is important for us to ensure that your financial responsibility for the management of your vein disease is kept to a minimum.
Will I have to wear compression hose after your procedures?
Compression hose are important when used for preventive care, during treatment, and for long term therapy after treatment. Graduated compression prevents blood from pooling in the leg veins, thereby helping overall health of your legs. There are many different styles, textures and colors for both men and women. We will measure your legs for your size and find the stocking that is best for you - and your recovery. Long term use of stockings is often not required after treatment.
Are there any potential risks and complications related to the procedures you recommend?
As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist. We make every effort to keep the risks and complications at a minimum. We will review your history and consult your physician if required to determine if you are at increased risk for complications. We will also review the potential complications of each procedure at length and answer all of your questions. Potential complications, although unusual, can include: vessel perforation, thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, phlebitis, hematoma, infection, parethesia (numbness or tingling) and/or skin burn. Minor side effects include swelling and discoloration which should subside over 1-2 weeks. Risks of sclerotherapy include neurologic side-effects and possible anaphylactic (allergic) reactions to the chemicals used.
Is there any benefit to have a surgeon perform the procedure?
All procedures performed at the CHASE LASER VEIN CENTER are performed by a board certified surgeon with nearly 2 decades of surgical experience. The procedures performed are offered as a minimally invasive, less painful alternative to surgical procedures already used for many years to treat vein disease. Adjunct surgical procedures may be required for very complex cases. Although other types of physicians may perform these procedures, they are generally not accustomed to a procedure based practice and generally perform vein procedures as an extension of their nonsurgical practice.
Questions About Vein Gogh
The VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System provides a superior solution for the treatment of fine telangiectasia, spider veins and small angiomas, especially recalcitrant vessels that have shown a resistance to sclerotherapy, laser or IPL treatment. VeinGogh is the fast, easy way to reliably treat these and other cosmetically unacceptable conditions, often with less discomfort compared to older therapies.
While lasers and other light-based solutions are expensive, skin-type dependent and have an inherent risk of injury, VeinGogh uses a hair-thin, insulated probe to thermocoagulate and instantly eliminate vessels dependably, repeatably, on any skin-type and on any part of the body.
Does the treatment hurt?
On a pain scale of 1–10, with some laser treatments being an 8–9, VeinGogh is a 2–3. Since the procedure uses a hair-thin, insulated probe, there can be a slight "pinch.” Patients report it feels similar to a hair being removed.
Is there any downtime?
The precise nature of the VeinGogh treatment limits the risk of over-treating, so there is little to no trauma to the skin. Following treatment, there will be some mild redness that is transient.
When will I see results?
Immediately, You will see continuous improvement over several weeks as the treated vessels are reabsorbed.
How many treatments are needed?
Generally only three to five treatments are necessary.
Will the veins come back?
Veins that have been properly treated will not return. However, new veins may develop over time and require retreatment. Follow-up visits are recommended for "touch-ups."
On what size vessels does VeinGogh work best?
VeinGogh works best on spider veins up to 0.3 mm. VeinGogh is not designed to treat feeders or larger vessels deep beneath the surface. Ideally, VeinGogh should be used in conjunction with sclerotherapy to effectively treat leg veins.
Does VeinGogh only work on veins?
No! VeinGogh can also be used to eliminate cherry angiomas, small hemangiomas, skin tags, spider nevi, and even the redness of rosacea.
Useful links to websites are provided to further understand vein disease. Articles are provided to help you take care of you veins.
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Other Minimally Invasive Techniques
Dr. Alosco has had an extensive experience in other minimally invasive procedures to treat many other surgical problems. These include:
- laparoscopic hernia repairs
- laparoscopic treatment of gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn)
- minimally invasive, painless management of hemorrhoids
- laparoscopic resection of benign and malignant conditions of the colon
- minimally invasive treatment of breast diseases
Please call our office to schedule a consultation for any of these conditions that you may have.
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