Will Insurance Cover My Varicose Vein Treatments?
Varicose veins that start out as a cosmetic annoyance can also develop uncomfortable physical symptoms. Unfortunately, many patients choose to suffer these symptoms in silence, because they do not think their insurance companies will cover the cost of treatment. The good news is that while insurance does not cover all vein treatment, companies will cover much more than most patients think. If you are dealing with unattractive, uncomfortable varicose veins, these factors may help you determine whether insurance coverage is an option for you.
One common criteria for insurance coverage of vein treatment is symptoms, since this usually signifies an underlying venous condition. Common symptoms include:
- Pain or heaviness in the lower legs
- Restless legs or leg cramps, especially at night
- Swelling in the lower legs and feet
- Changes to skin texture and color
- Skin irritation, itchiness and the formation of skin sores
If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to document them with a vein specialist to demonstrate the need for medical treatment. At Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan, we can provide the documentation necessary to get coverage for your vein treatment.
Insurance companies also want the condition assessed and diagnosed by a physician, preferable a vascular specialist. These professionals have the tools and technology necessary to pinpoint the underlying cause of varicose veins and determine just how advanced the condition might be. We offer full assessment services at Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan using duplex ultrasound that can tell us where the damage has occurred in the vein and how much that damage is affecting venous pressure.
Once a vein condition has been diagnosed, most insurance companies will require a specific treatment protocol that involves non-invasive treatment options before procedures like EVLT and Venefit will be covered. This protocol usually includes wearing compression stockings for a prescribed period of time, as well as lifestyle changes like regular elevation of legs. Some companies might also require weight loss prior to a vein treatment, if it is believed excess weight could be contributing to the problem.
Navigating the world of varicose vein treatment can be complex and intimidating for some patients. In addition to weeding through a wide variety of treatment options, patients must understand the insurance process in order to receive coverage for their procedures. At Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan, Dr. Lev and his staff will help you navigate the insurance process to ensure you get the appropriate coverage for your treatment. To learn more, contact Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan at 212-204-6501.