Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?
Call Visconti Imaging & Vein at 231.439.9700 to schedule your appointment. During your initial consultaiton, an ultrasound will be performed to determine if your veins are problematic. At this appointment, one of our providers will discuss the results of your ultrasound and the options for treatment.

Do I need a referral from my doctor?
Patients do not need to have a referral from their primary care physician to receive treatment for varicose veins.

I just want my spider veins injected. What do I need to do?
Before you undergo sclerotherapy of your spider veins, you will need an ultrasound. Even though you may not have any bulging varicose veins, your superficial veins may be refluxing and causing your spider veins. If your spider veins have vessels that are “feeding” them, we will need to address these problematic veins prior to injecting your spider veins. Otherwise, your treatments would be unsuccessful and/or short-lasting.

If one of my veins is closed or removed, how does the blood get back to my heart?
We have two types of veins; deep veins and superficial veins. Deep veins, in the muscles and tissues, carry 90% of the blood back to the heart. Superficial veins are close to the skin and carry just 10% of the blood back to the heart. Varicosities occur in the superficial veins; if these veins are closed, the deep veins continue to carry the blood back to the heart.

What do I need to do to prepare for my procedure?
At your initial consultation, you will be provided with an information packet which contains all of the pre-procedure instructions. On the day of your procedure, it is very important that you bring your compression stockings with you (we will put your stockings on your leg before you leave the office) and that you bring someone to drive you home. Please make sure that you are not taking any blood thinners or aspirin one week prior to your procedure. If you have misplaced your instructions, please download them here.

Will my insurance cover these procedures?
Most insurance companies will cover the procedures if they are considered medically necessary. For this reason, an ultrasound will be performed to determine if you have venous insufficiency. All insurance companies have different policies and some require that patients undergo conservative treatment before they will cover a procedure. If you have any questions regarding your insurance coverage, please contact our office.

I was informed that I will need to undergo conservative treatment. What does this entail?
A trial of conservative treatment typically consists of wearing compression stockings on a daily basis, exercising, encouraging weight loss (if appropriate), elevating the lower extremities several times a day and taking analgesics. The length of conservative treatment is determined by your particular insurance carrier (our office will contact your insurance carrier).