Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, just give us a call at 706-850-3444 and we’ll be happy to assist you.  Here are some of the questions many of our patients ask:


What causes varicose veins?

The actual cause of varicose veins is inefficient, faulty valves. These valves do not close properly, allowing blood to travel downward with gravity and pool in the vein. This causes veins to bulge and stretch resulting in many unpleasant side effects such as aching and throbbing pain, heavy and tired legs, and poor circulation.

Are varicose veins hereditary?

Heredity is a primary factor in over 80% of varicose vein cases. Other contributing factors may include pregnancy, obesity, hormone therapy, and standing or sitting for long periods of time. Varicose veins have been shown to be an inherited trait that can develop as early as 10 years old. If you have 1 parent with varicose veins you have a 40% chance of developing them yourself. If both parents have varicose veins that number jumps to 90%.

Where do spider veins come from?

Spider veins may be triggered by pregnancy or hormonal variations and sometimes result in itching, restless leg, and minor aches and pains. Although surface veins are mainly a cosmetic problem, they can also be an indication of more serious vein disease below the surface.

Why do I need an ultrasound scan?

During your initial visit, the affected areas will be examined to determine if a Doppler Duplex Ultrasound Scan will be necessary. It is the first step in finding the right treatment for damaged indwelling veins.

A Doppler Duplex Ultrasound Scan provides a visual window, revealing the damaged, refluxing veins beneath the skins surface. With this diagnostic capability, we can pinpoint the exact cause of varicose veins and customize a treatment plan for each individual patient.

Because the problem is dealt with at its source, the treatments are more effective and less painful than traditional methods, such as vein stripping. Once the appropriate treatments have been determined, we will review with you at length the relative details to your specific treatment plan.

How Are Varicose Veins Treated?

Modern technology has enabled us to eliminate the traumatic and barbaric procedure known as vein stripping. Depending on the results of your Ultrasound Scan, Athens Vein & Thoracic Specialists provides several types of treatment for many variations of vein problems. Please consult with Dr. Chris Malone to determine which method is best in treating your particular vein problems.

Will insurance cover my treatments?

Insurance will reimburse a high percentage of the treatment cost if there is a documented diagnosis of venous insufficiency. If it is determined thru the Doppler Duplex Ultrasound Scan that you have a positive result of venous insufficiency, we will forward a letter of medical necessity to your insurance carrier for pre-certification prior to any procedures to ensure your treatment is approved.

It is important to note that each insurance company reimburses different amounts for these treatments. We will work with you and your insurance carrier to ensure you receive the most reimbursement possible.


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