Memphis Vein Center

FAQ's

  • Q

    What makes Memphis Vein Center different from other clinics?

    A

    Dr. Kishore K. Arcot is board certified cardiovascular specialist and diplomate american board of phlebology and performs vascular procedures in Memphis hospitals. Dr. Arcot's 20 years in treating vascular conditions like peripheral arterial disease (PAD) gives you the reassurance that you are being treated by an expert. With this expertise comes a heightened awareness of patient safety. The laser procedure is performed in a strictly sterile setting similar to an operating room environment. All medications given at MVC during procedures are purchased from FDA-approved manufacturers or distributors.

  • Q

    How does endovenous laser ablation work?

    A

    A laser fiber is inserted into the varicose vein through a tiny puncture in the skin. The laser energy creates heat which seals the vein closed, stopping reverse blood flow and effectively eliminating the varicose vein.

  • Q

    How does the Venefit procedure different from endovenous laser?

    A

    Both procedures are effective in treating varicose veins and venous insufficiency. There is less post-procedure bruising with radio-frequency ablation.

  • Q

    Is the laser procedure painful?

    A

    The procedure is painless. Afterwards, patients may experience mild discomfort in the thigh of the affected leg which can last about a week. An anti-inflammatory is prescribed to minimize the discomfort. Most patients require no more than this medication and Tylenol for pain.

  • Q

    What is the recovery time?

    A

    Patients can resume normal activity in 24 hours. Vigorous exercise should be avoided for 1-2 weeks.

  • Q

    Will there be scars on my legs?

    A

    No — the incisions are very small, no stitches are required and the bleeding is minimal.

  • Q

    Does insurance cover varicose vein treatment like the laser procedure?

    A

    Most insurance plans require conservative treatment for a period of time. If symptoms are not relieved, most insurance carriers will approve the procedure. At MVC, we do our very best to comply with the guidelines given by the insurance carriers.

  • Q

    How does sclerotherapy work?

    A

    A liquid "sclerosing" agent is injected into the small varicose or spider vein. It irritates the vein wall causing it to close. At MVC, we use Sotradecol®, the only FDA-approved drug for sclerotherapy. At MVC, patient safety is never compromised.

  • Q

    Does insurance cover sclerotherapy?

    A

    When very specific, strict criteria are met, insurance carriers may pay for sclerotherapy. But in the majority of the cases it is considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore not a covered benefit.

  • Q

    Does it hurt?

    A

    Some patients describe an itching sensation which lasts for a few minutes.

  • Q

    Do my spider veins disappear right away?

    A

    No — the discoloration fades over time with optimal results being seen in 3-6 months.

  • Q

    Will my spider veins come back?

    A

    Treated spider veins will not return, but new ones can form at any time.