Varicose Vein Treatment Maryland

American Access Care of Baltimore

Majorie Pearsall, MD, Medical Director
Vascular & Interventional Radiology

8140 Corporate Drive, Suite 125
Baltimore, MD 21236

T: 410-931-9729
F: 410-931-2133

Hours: Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm

Varicose Vein Frequently Asked Questions

Is the closure procedure painful?

You should feel little, if any, pain during and after the procedure.

How quickly can I assume normal activity?

You can walk immediately following the procedure and resume normal activities within one day.

How soon will my symptoms improve?

You should notice an immediate relief of symptoms such as pain, leg heaviness, and fatigue. The full benefits of the procedure may take one to two weeks.

Is there any scarring, bruising, or swelling after the procedure?

There is minimal to no scarring, bruising or swelling following the closure procedure.

How is the closure procedure different from vein stripping?

During vein stripping, incisions are made in the groin and calf, and a stripper tool is threaded through the diseased vein, to pull the vein out of the leg. With the closure procedure, only one small incision is made at the insertion site, and the vein is then closed and left in place. This minimally invasive approach eliminates pain and bruising associated with vein stripping surgery.

What if I need the vein for bypass surgery in the future?

The closure procedure treats diseased veins only, which are not appropriate for bypass surgery. Physicians can use other healthy vessels should bypass surgery be necessary.

Is the closure procedure covered by insurance?

Most major health insurers cover the closure procedure. Your physician can discuss your coverage further during your consultation.