FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

What Makes St Johns Vein Center Unique?

St. Johns Vein Center is the only IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission) accredited vein center in Northeast Florida for Superficial Venous Evaluation and Management as a Vein Center and provider of Vascular Testing. As one of only six accredited centers in Florida, we are dedicated to providing the highest level of care to our patients.


 

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are unusually swelled blood vessels that bulge beneath the skin, causing a knotted, often blue-tinged look.


What causes varicose veins?

For multiple reasons, blood vessels can weaken, making them less able to quickly and effectively pump blood back up the body to the heart. As a result, blood can pool backwards, causing blood vessels to bulge.


Who is most at risk?

Anyone can get varicose veins, but they’re most common in adult women, particularly during pregnancy and menopause. Aging, sedentary lifestyles and spending a great deal of time on your feet daily also are factors in developing varicose veins.


Does my insurance cover it?

Most insurance plans cover these medical procedures but we suggest you confirm with your provider.

We accept:

  • Aetna Healthcare (all plan types)
  • Avmed Health Plans
  • Florida Blue
  • Golden Rule
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • MultiPlan Network
  • RailRoad Medicare
  • Tricare
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • PHCS Savility
  • PHCS Network

*Please note that we do not participate in any type of Medicaid plans

If you do not see your provider listed, please call us to confirm.


What are the different types of vein conditions?

It is estimated that nearly 25% of the world’s population (mostly adults) suffer from some type of vein problems. These vein issues can range from very minor conditions like chronic venous insufficiency to more rare and life threatening conditions like venous thrombosis. Below are some more vein treatment faqs.


Some of the more common types of vein conditions are:

  • Varicose Veins
  • Spider Veins
  • Blue Veins
  • Pelvic and Labial Varicose Veins
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency
  • Leg Ulcers
  • Restless Leg Syndrome

Why should I see a specialist?

Would you see a dermatologist or podiatrist for a blocked artery? Of course you wouldn’t. When seeking vascular treatment, you should choose a vein practice that is dedicated ONLY to the treatment of veins. Many physicians and practices advertise themselves as vein specialists or centers, but advertising can be misleading. Many of those so-called “specialist” physicians practice in an unrelated specialty with no formal training in vascular disease. Often, these physicians’ primary practice is in another specialty altogether, such as podiatry, cardiology, dermatology or general surgery. These “centers” operate part time and only provide “vein treatment” a day or even half a day each week.

A true vein specialist or dedicated vein center should have thorough, formal specialty training and advanced experience in venous disease. Make sure your physician has completed a fellowship in a specialty that provided advanced training in venous disorders as recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties  (ABMS). The only two types of certified specialists who meet these requirements are interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons.