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Q. How do I know if I have spider veins or varicose veins?
A. Spider veins are tiny visible vessels within the skin. They most commonly develop on the face and legs. Varicose veins are distended veins beneath the skin. They may appear as bluish bumps and often cause varying degrees of discomfort.


Q. Is it dangerous for me to avoid treatment for varicose veins?
A. Varicose veins are normally a progressive problem; however, they are not life-threatening. Some patients notice the veins increasing in size over the years. Other patients progress to the point of swelling, painful walking, and even ulcers from skin breakdown.


Q. Will my insurance pay for the consultation?
A. Your insurance usually will cover the cost of the consultation.


Q. Do insurance companies pay for varicose vein treatment?
A. The majority of insurance companies cover varicose vein procedures for patients experiencing symptoms. Insurance companies are attracted to the fact that our procedures eliminate the need for hospitalization, general anesthesia, and lengthy recovery times. They like to see that patients have attempted conservative treatment such as elevation and compression hose.


Q. Will I be able to resume normal activities following varicose vein treatment?
A. Depending on the extent of varicose veins, patients are usually encouraged to take it easy for a few days. However, being sedentary is discouraged. Walking and light daily activities will be possible immediately following the procedure.


Q. How long will I be off work?
A. Most patients, depending on their line of work, return to work in a couple days without restrictions.


Q. Will the doctor use a laser?
A. Yes, in some instances. It depends on exactly what the individual person needs.


Q. Will I be hospitalized and have to be given a general anesthesia?
A. No. All vein procedures are done in our office with a local anesthetic to numb the area around the vein. Patients will walk out of the office when the procedure is complete.


Q. How much does treatment cost?
A. Once the consultation is complete, Dr. Jimenez will recommend an individualized treatment plan and cost will be discussed at that time.


Q. Is the procedure very painful?
A. There is a small degree of discomfort during treatment, which patients tolerate very well.


Q. How long will I be required to stay off my feet?
A. Again, walking is required and being sedentary is discouraged immediately following a procedure.


Q. Will I be able to resume normal activities following spider vein treatment?
A. Treatment for spider veins will not affect normal activities.


Q. What training and experience does Dr. Jimenez have with vein treatment?
A. Dr. Jimenez is a board-certified cardiovascular surgeon who has been in practice in Fort Wayne since 1997. He is a graduate of Stanford University, where he graduated with honors. Dr. Jimenez underwent his medical training at Indiana University where he became double-boarded in both General and Cardiovascular Surgery. He later added a third board certification in the field of Phlebology (vein treatment) and is the only surgeon in the state with such certification. During his cardiothoracic practice, he spent years studying newer options for patients suffering from venous disease. Recognized as a vascular specialist, Dr. Jimenez has brought to this region the latest technology in eliminating varicose veins without hospitalization, general anesthesia, or lengthy recovery times. These procedures not only provide excellent functional and cosmetic results, but the best long-term success rates.