Our goal is to make your visit as enjoyable and educational as possible. After you check in with our friendly staff, you will be asked to fill out some brief paperwork.

It is our strong belief that the focus of the consultation should be on visiting with your provider and feeling comfortable with them. We want to remove all of the anxiety associated with a consultation, make the experience as stress-free as possible while maintaining the focus on education. Furthermore, we are so confident in our providers that we know it will translate to a positive and educational experience for the prospective patient.


How do I know if I am a good candidate for EVLT?

If you are suffering from painful varicose veins, leg pain or cramps, leg heaviness or swelling, restless legs, skin discoloration or non-healing wounds you are most likely a good candidate for an EVLT (endovenous laser) procedure.

What is the recovery time after the procedure?

EVLT is a virtually painless procedure and there is little recovery time required after the treatment. A majority of our patients resume normal activities immediately after the treatment.

Do I need to take time off work after an EVLT procedure?

No, you don’t need to take time off after an EVLT procedure. You can resume most of your normal activity the same day.

What can I expect after an EVLT procedure?

After an EVLT procedure, the symptoms of painful varicose veins, swollen or bulging veins, leg pain, cramps, leg heaviness, or swelling will gradually disappear, and you will have a better quality of life and mobility. Treating symptoms of venous insufficiency also saves you from the risk of blood clots or other serious complications that can occur if varicose veins are left untreated.

Is the cost of my treatment eligible for insurance coverage?

Yes, the majority of treatments are covered by insurance. We have a dedicated insurance department to help our patients with insurance-related questions. We accept most major medical insurance and Medicare.

Can I eat and/or drink prior to the procedure?

Yes, you may eat a light meal. Increase your fluids with caffeine-free beverages, such as water, for the 24 hours immediately before your procedure. Drinking adequate fluids makes it easier to access your vein.

Does anyone need to drive me after the procedure?

No. However, if you take anti-anxiety medication such as Ativan or valium then you will need someone to drive you.

Do I continue to take my blood thinner?

Yes, but it is important to make your doctor aware you are on a blood thinner. Also, you may experience more bruising.

Do I need to wear compression stockings prior to having the procedure done?

Wearing compression stockings helps relieve minor symptoms associated with venous insufficiency.

Will I be put to sleep for my EVLT procedure?

No! The procedure lasts approximately 30 minutes. Local anesthetics are used to make the procedure much more tolerable.

Can I exercise following the EVLT procedure?

Walking is encouraged following the procedure. Mild exercise can be performed on the same day. No strenuous leg workouts are suggested for a few days.

I have had an EVLT procedure and now I have questions. What should I do?

You can contact our office 24 hours a day for any concerns you may have. We often ask that you come into the office for a complete assessment.


What are the benefits of sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment that can eliminate unsightly spider veins, leaves no scarring, relieves symptoms, and doesn’t interfere with your normal activities — all in our office!

Does it hurt?

Sclerotherapy can cause minimal discomfort, but most patients find it very tolerable…especially with the results you get!

How many sessions will I need?

Every patient will have unique needs and health considerations, which may influence the number of treatments needed. On average, most patients will require a minimum of 4-6 treatments.

I have had sclerotherapy in the past, but I still have spider veins now. Why?

Sclerotherapy requires a series of injections. Multiple injections are often required to achieve the desired result. One series of sclerotherapy is generally not enough to make all your spider veins no longer visible.

Are there any side effects of sclerotherapy?

Very few. Itching and raised, red areas at the injection site may occur for one to two days after your procedure but should disappear quickly. Additionally, some patients experience bruising around the injection site that may last several days or weeks.

What kind of aftercare is required following sclerotherapy injections?

We advise you to wear compression garments (stockings, compression wrap, athletic brace) following your sclerotherapy procedure. This is to help speed up the healing process and improve your results.

How often can I schedule my sclerotherapy injections?

We advise you to schedule your appointments approximately 3 weeks apart to allow for full healing to occur. You should continue booking your appointments until you achieve the desired results.

New Patient FAQs

What should I expect at my first consultation?

Each patient has unique concerns so you will meet with the provider to discuss your leg veins. Oftentimes, the doctor suggests an ultrasound to identify abnormalities in your leg veins. We can perform this the same day or at your earliest convenience.

What should I expect during the ultrasound? Are there any preparations necessary?

An ultrasound is a medical exam performed on your legs to identify abnormalities in your veins. You will be asked to change into shorts to allow the sonographer to access your legs. You will have access to a changing area to store your personal belongings. We also provide disposable shorts if needed.

Should I bring anything specific to my first consultation?

Please bring identification and a copy of your insurance card.

Where can I find out more about the services offered at The Vein Institute?

We have a dedicated website with information to answer your questions! www.veinsms.com If you can’t find the answers you’re looking for, our office staff is ready to answer any question you may have…just give us a call.