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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Will Insurance Cover My Vein Treatment?

varicose veins, spider veins, capitol vein & laser centers
Capitol Vein & Laser Centers: Doctors and Staff
Varicose veins are considered by most medical insurance companies to be a condition worthy of coverage. We know that patients with varicose veins usually have symptoms that include aching, heaviness, throbbing, and restless legs. In addition, untreated, varicose veins can lead to long term skin conditions and even leg ulcers due to circulation problems.

Fortunately, venous disease is often an easily treated condition. Initially, a thorough leg ultrasound is done to evaluate the entire venous anatomy of the leg. This study shows us which veins are not effectively pushing the blood up the leg, allowing gravity to push flow backwards down the leg.

This backward flow is the common cause of varicose veins and the Venefit Procedure (formerly VNUS Closure) is the ideal method to treat the condition.  Office based Venefit is covered by most insurance plans, as is phlebectomy of surface veins that may remain after the feeder vein is sealed.

Spider veins by contrast, are fine, thready blue or red skin veins that are common and typically considered cosmetic. Insurance plans do not cover sclerotherapy (or any other treatment) for spider veins, as they are not a health risk.

If you have questions concerning your varicose or spider veins, please arrange a free consultation with Dr. Garth Rosenberg or Dr. Paul McNeill at any of our four offices in Maryland, Virginia or West Virginia.


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