Common Questions

What differentiates VCNM from other vein care facilities?
The Vascular Center of Northern Michigan was built to meet the growing demand for quality vascular care in the region. Many different settings, including non-medically based facilities like salons and spas, are now offering spider and varicose vein removal, but the level of education, training and certification of the providers at these facilities may vary. At the Vascular Center of Northern Michigan, you will receive treatment from board-certified, vascular surgeons, with the credentials, experience and background to provide you with the best care.

What qualifications should I look for in a vein care provider?
Dr. Colburn, founder and chief medical provider at the Vascular Center of Northern Michigan, along with Dr. Boros are fellowship trained, board certified Peripheral Vascular Surgeons with staff privileges at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Many claim to specialize in the treatment of vein disorders, but not all practitioners hold the appropriate designations to provide trusted care. The medical specialist trained in procedures involving blood vessel and circulation is known as a Peripheral Vascular Surgeon. Vascular Surgeons are trained as general surgeons, and then receive additional training called a Vascular Fellowship; these professionals must also pass the Vascular Surgery Boards before practicing in their field. Across the country, only some 25 physicians a year complete a vascular surgeon fellowship. A board-certified surgeon in good standing should also have staff privileges at the medical facility in your area.

What can I expect at my first appointment?
If you are treated at a medically based practice, like the Vascular Center of Northern Michigan, during your initial comprehensive evaluation, state-of-the-art technology will be used to analyze blood flow in the affected area, pinpointing the exact cause of your vein discomfort. With this information, using their professional training and experience, certified vascular surgeons, such as Dr. Colburn, Dr. Boros, and Dr. Roos, can determine a customized treatment plan for each patient.

What techniques are used to treat vein conditions?
Depending on the results of your comprehensive exam, there are several techniques that can be used to treat the underlying cause of vein conditions. For minor procedures, such as the removal of small spider veins, a surface laser would be appropriate. For more complex symptoms, such as varicose veins, the laser can be used intravenously for deeper treatment. Injections may also be used, but this depends on the specific patient diagnosis. The certified, professional staff at Vascular Center of Northern Michigan is committed to establishing the appropriate treatment plan for each patient, including following up post-procedure to assure that all vein concerns have been sufficiently resolved.

How much down time can I expect following the procedure?
Post-treatment symptoms can vary by person and the severity of the condition, but for most patients, it is not uncommon to return to normal activity the same day of treatment. In fact, in most instances, it is even recommended to be active following the procedure. Support hose are strongly recommended for the first 1-2 weeks following the treatment for best results. Be sure to carefully follow any post-treatment instructions received from your provider.

Will my insurance cover the cost of vein treatment?
The majority of insurance companies, including Medicare, recognize vascular issues as legitimate medical conditions. It is important to educate yourself regarding your level of coverage prior to receiving treatment. If you need assistance, the friendly staff at the Vascular Center of Northern Michigan is ready and willing to discuss your billing concerns.