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Friday, May 24, 2013

Will Insurance Cover My Varicose Vein Treatment?

It seems that patients are still confused about insurance coverage for varicose vein treatment. I recently saw a new patient from Hagerstown, Maryland, who came in after suffering symptoms of venous insufficiency for years. He'd been advised to seek evaluation several months ago, but put it off because, like many others, he was under the assumption that treatment would not be covered by his insurance. He was pleasantly surprised after seeing me and reviewing his treatment options.

In reality, varicose vein treatments are recognized by the medical community and the medical insurance industry as being necessary to maintain good leg health and prevent complications of blood clot, ulcers and chronic skin changes. We advise patients to use compression hose as a temporary aid to reduce venous pressure in the legs.  Ultimately, an ultrasound examination of the legs is necessary to understand the blood flow.

Based on the ultrasound information, we can discuss the merits of various treatment options. The most successful method of treating saphenous vein reflux is the Venefit Procedure (formerly known as VNUS Closure), though micro-phlebectomy and sclerotherapy may also have a role.

While insurance companies recognize spider veins as a cosmetic issue and are therefore not covered by the health plan, most cases of varicose veins are covered. Without this insurance coverage, costs can be significant, as the Venefit Procedure involves single use disposable devices.

Of course, a thorough evaluation by an experienced vein specialist will give the assurance that the treatment plan is optimized for your special condition. Members of the American Venous Forum or American Board of Phlebology are uniquely qualified to do this for you.


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