Many people assume that varicose veins are a cosmetic problem that is a result of inactivity, “bad genes” or age. But actually, varicose veins are enlarged veins that occur when the valves in the veins are no longer able to keep the blood flowing to the ultimate destination, the heart. Varicose veins are unsightly; they are visible through the skin and appear gnarled and discolored. They appear raised because when prevented from flowing forward, the blood begins to pool in the vein, creating bulges that rise and are visible through the skin. Left untreated, varicose veins can cause myriad problems, to include pain, swelling, weakness, ulcers and the potentially fatal conditions like stroke and deep vein thrombosis.
If you are concerned about your health and seek treatment for your varicose veins, you are probably wondering how much treatment will cost. Here’s some information on different varicose vein procedures, and how much the procedure may cost you.
Types of Vein Procedures
Varicose and spider veins are treated through different types of treatments. The most common are:
- Sclerotherapy, which is considered the gold standard for removing small varicose or spider veins. The procedure involves injecting the damaged veins with a solution that collapses the vein, rerouting the blood so it can move freely elsewhere.
- Microphlebectomy, which removes moderate or large size veins. The procedure involves making a small incision to remove damaged veins.
- Venus Ablation, the goal of which is to get rid of the problematic blood vessel. Ablation services include Endovascular Laser Ablation (EVLA), Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), and VenaSealTM Closure System. Venus ablation is highly effective to treat chronic venous insufficiency, when the veins can not deliver enough blood from the limbs to the heart, as well as other other vascular conditions.
There is a common misconception that varicose or spider veins are an inconvenient and unattractive cosmetic problem and that treating them is more out of vanity than medical necessity. Know this is not the case. For some, varicose and spider veins certainly are unattractive, but they are also may be indicative of other medical conditions or a foreteller of medical conditions yet to come. If your doctor determines that a vein procedure is of medical necessity, there is a very good chance your procedure may be covered by your medical insurance carrier. And because left untreated, the condition only becomes more dire, it is best to seek medical attention as early as possible.
Based on your doctor’s diagnosis and recommendation, if your insurance carrier does cover the procedure, you may be required to make a co-payment. How much you pay out of pocket– or don’t – depends entirely on your diagnosis and recommendation, the type of procedure being done and the specific insurance plan you have. Working with your vein specialist’s office and insurance provider can help with expectations of the cost of your procedure so there are no surprises later on. Be sure to obtain full authorization well before the procedure gets under way and verify that any additional specialists are also included in your plan.
If for any reason your insurance does not cover your vein procedure or you do not have medical insurance, you will have to cover the cost yourself. Fortunately, vein procedures are fairly affordable and a lot of vein treatment specialists offer payment plans that can help you cover the cost of the procedure.
Vein Care Specialists
There is no better medical professional to help with vein care than a vein care specialist. In Tampa and Largo, look no further than Premier Vein & Vascular, the experts at diagnosing, treating, and helping you prevent stroke, chronic venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, varicose veins, and poor circulation. To learn more about keeping your vascular system healthy and strong, contact the vascular and cardiology healthcare professionals at Premier Vein & Vascular by calling 1-888-VEINCARE today.