Frequently Asked Questions
There are many causes, heredity, obesity, injury, hormone changes – and sometimes the cause is unknown. They’re most common in people over 30 and pregnant women.
Weight management and exercise helps. Avoid sitting for more than a half hour at a time and consider wearing 20-30 mmHg compression stockings.
No. However, superficial spider veins are likely the cause of an underlying deeper vein abnormality.
Normally with a physical exam and ultrasound. In some cases, further evaluation by CT scan, MRI and/or venography may be necessary.
There is no way to completely prevent varicose veins, but you can significantly reduce your risk:
- Exercise often and manage your weight
- Don’t sit or stand too long in the same position – change your position every 20-30 minutes
- Eat a high-fiber, low-salt diet
- Wear low-heeled shoes
DVT can happen to anyone at any age, but it’s most common in people over 60. You’re at more risk if you sit for long periods of time, are pregnant or on birth control pills/have hormone replacement therapy, overweight, smoke, or have other diseases such as cancer, IBS, or heart failure. If a family member has DVT, you’re also at increased risk.
Any woman can develop Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, but you’re more at risk if you have:
- Two or more pregnancies
- A tipped or retroverted uterus
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Hormonal abnormalities
There are currently no preventative measures.
- age over 50
- high cholesterol
- tobacco use
- family history of heart disease
Anyone can develop leg ulcers, but they’re more common in women. Some risk factors are:
- poor circulation
- high blood pressure
- heart or kidney disease
- tobacco use
- high cholesterol
Care & Treatment
Varicose veins are typically not harmful, however in some cases they can result in open wounds that have poor healing, skin discoloration, leg pain, fatigue, and even blood clots.
There are non-invasive ways to manage the symptoms of varicose veins, however they do not correct themselves.
You will begin the visit by speaking with Dr. Krikorian. He will perform a physical exam of your arms and/or legs and determine if any testing is needed to further diagnose any symptoms you have. If the condition is in your legs, please wear shorts or expect to change into a pair of provided medical shorts in the office. If needed, we may do ultrasounds the same day in our office. Dr. Krikorian will review the results with you and recommend a treatment plan.
Bruising and discoloration can happen up to 48 hours after the procedure and will take about 4-6 weeks to resolve completely in most cases. However, for some people, discoloration could last months.
Yes, some of the procedures involve blood thinners for a short period of time to prevent blood clots from forming while the vein heals.
You will leave the area wrapped for two nights and refrain from any heavy lifting for 7 days. Otherwise, there are no special instructions and walking is even recommended.
We will pre-certify any procedure or test prior to your appointment time to ensure it is a covered benefit through your plan. See our Insurance & Financing page for more information.
Get Treated Sooner
Because we’re highly specialized, with six treatment locations in the St. Louis area, we’re able to schedule your exam and treatment much sooner than other facilities. Call us at 314-849-0923 or complete this contact form to get started.