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Your Hands Are Showing Their Age

Everyone is concerned when varicose veins and spider veins show up on their calves and ankles, but people overlook veins that appear on the backs of their hands. Considering how visible your hands are, these veins can really make you look older. At Northern Michigan Vein Specialists, we offer cosmetic treatments for veins on the […]


Let’s Glue those Varicose Veins Closed

Treatments for varicose veins have dramatically improved over the past 15 years. Formerly, varicose veins usually had to be removed surgically with vein stripping. This could require up to four weeks of recovery. Today, stripping is rarely necessary, as Dr. Heeringa can usually use minimally invasive options for closing off varicose veins. One of those […]


Google Doesn’t Provide this Map

When a patient is experiencing some classic symptoms of venous insufficiency — issues such as aching and heaviness in the legs, cramping, fatigue, and leg restlessness — it’s necessary to see what’s going on with the veins. What’s needed is a map of your veins. This is the job of vein mapping. Here’s more about […]


What’s the Deal with Compression Stockings?

At Northern Michigan Vein Specialists, most of our procedures are followed by the patient wearing compression stockings for a period of time afterwards. Since most people have never worn compression stockings, they wonder what’s up with this leg-squeezing hosiery? Here’s some info on compression stockings and why we love them. How compression stockings work Medical-grade […]




Does Sclerotherapy hurt?

Written by: Erin D., Certified Medical Assistant There are several procedures which can be used to treat varicose veins. One of which is called Sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy may be recommended if you have small varicose veins or so-called spider veins. These veins can be unsightly as well as painful. I am a previous patient, current employee […]



Will my insurance cover my procedure?

Northern Michigan Vein Specialists accepts most insurance plans and most procedures are covered by insurance. Patients are, of course responsible for their copays and/or deductibles. There are 3 main criteria that must be met in order for your procedure/s to be covered: Symptoms: examples of symptoms are edema/swelling, heaviness, cramping, venous ulcer, discoloration, visible varicose […]



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