Does Medicare Cover Vein Treatment? Vein Doctor Answers

Aug 21, 2019
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Does Medicare Cover Vein Treatment?

When people find out they have varicose veins or spider veins, one of their primary concern is the cost of varicose vein treatment and if they can get medicare coverage. It’s important to understand that medicare will cover treatments that are medically necessary, not those that are cosmetic. Basically, medicare coverage extends to help you feel better not look better.

It’s possible that your spider veins are medically serious and symptomatic of vein disease, but it’s also possible your spider veins aren’t dangerous. In order to understand if medicare will cover treatment, you need to get an accurate diagnosis from your vein doctor. In this article, we discuss does medicare cover vein treatment and which treatments are covered.

Medicare Coverage for Varicose Vein Treatment

Varicose veins are dilated blood vessels that protrude out of the surface of the skin in the form of twisted rope-like knots or tree trunks. Varicose veins are extremely dangerous because they’re always caused by chronic venous insufficiency.

Venous insufficiency is a condition in which your vein valves malfunction and fail to facilitate proper blood circulation to the heart. This causes blood to flow back down and pool behind the leg veins due to gravity. Over time, the accumulation of blood in the leg veins causes them to dilate and protrude out of the surface of the skin. That’s how you get varicose veins.

Chronic venous insufficiency is dangerous because it can lead to a number of complications. If left untreated, venous insufficiency can lead to leg heaviness, restless leg syndrome, frequent leg cramps, swollen ankles and feet, formation of spider veins and varicose veins, and so much more.

The varicose veins also get increasingly sensitive as they dilate further. Over time, they come to such a point that they bleed easily and continually, so much that you have to be taken to the emergency room. Over time, you also develop various skin diseases, skin infections, your skin gets discolored, and you develop non-healing wounds on your skin known as leg ulcers. The accumulated blood in your veins can also clot, which is a condition known as deep vein thrombosis. If you suffer from deep vein thrombosis, you also risk pulmonary embolism if the blood clots travel to your lungs. In that situation, varicose veins can also be lethal.

As you can see, the consequences of untreated varicose veins are varied and grave. That’s why varicose veins treatments that address the underlying venous insufficiency receive medicare coverage.

Medicare Coverage for Spider Veins

Spider veins are thin clusters of blood vessels that appear on the surface of the skin but they don’t bulge outwards. These blood vessels are in the form of spider webs or tree branches. Spider veins are not dangerous in and of themselves, even though they look awful. However, spider veins are often symptomatic of underlying venous insufficiency.

As such, you need to seek proper diagnosis so the vein doctor can determine if your spider veins are caused by vein disease. You can receive medicare coverage for the underlying venous insufficiency but not to treat the superficial veins.

Basically, whether medicare will cover treatment depends entirely on whether your spider veins and varicose veins are caused by chronic venous insufficiency.

Treatments Medicare will Cover

We have already explained why certain vein treatments may receive medicare coverage and why medicare will not cover certain treatments. The following are the two best varicose vein treatment that medicare will cover.

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is the most popular varicose vein treatment available. During the procedure, the vein doctor first creates a small incision inside your thighs. The vein doctor then inserts a catheter through the incision under ultrasound guidance until it comes in contact with the problematic saphenous vein. Once the catheter is in place, the vein doctor activates it so it generates thermal energy or heat energy to destroy the diseased vein. The diseased vein hardens and eventually gets absorbed by the body. The accumulated blood reroutes to healthier veins.

Radiofrequency ablation completely treats vein disease, which is why it received medicare coverage. While the cost of radiofrequency ablation may range from $1500 to $3000 or more, your out of pocket costs will be much lower because of the medicare coverage.

Endovenous Laser Ablation

Endovenous laser ablation is also a minimally invasive and non-surgical varicose vein treatment similar to radiofrequency ablation. During this procedure, the vein doctor creates an incision on your skin and inserts a catheter hooked to a laser fiber. These devices are then used to enter the saphenous vein and generate enough laser energy to collapse the walls of the vein, rerouting blood to healthier veins. The collapsed vein eventually hardens and gets absorbed by the body.

Like radiofrequency ablation, this procedure is also minimally invasive, non-surgical, and it concludes within an hour. The biggest issue with this procedure is that it leads to some post-procedural discomfort. It gets medicare coverage because it treats the underlying vein disease and not just the surface symptoms.

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Dr. Namrata Khimani

Venous specialist | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.

If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.

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Dr. Michael Nguyen

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York & New Jersey.

As a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, Dr. Nguyen is considered a top vein expert for developing minimally invasive and customized treatment plans for the many symptoms of venous insufficiency, including leg cramps, skin discoloration on legs, spider vein removal, and restless leg syndrome.

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Dr. Caroline Novak

Venous Specialist | NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Board Certified vein specialist in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. Dr. Novak is well known for continuously performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area. She is committed to developing long lasting relationships with her patients, allowing her to personalize a varicose and spider veins treatment plan that successfully meets her patients' goals.

At her Clifton and Paramus vein clinic, Dr. Novak utilizes the latest and most advanced technology to restore patients back to health without unnecessary surgery, and with minimal to no downtime.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
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Dr. Simon Smith

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Drexel College of Medicine

Dr. Simon Smith is a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Vein Disease Specialist currently serving patients at the Vein Treatment Clinic in Clifton and Wayne, New Jersey.

Dr. Smith is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs. By utilizing advanced vein treatment techniques, Dr. Simon is able to customize a plan specific to each patient, helping them avoid complicated surgeries and unnecessary downtime. With Dr. Simon minimally invasive procedures, patients are able to return to normal activities right after.

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Dr. Faisal Siddiqi

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Yale Medical School

Dr. Faisal Siddiqi oversees all Vein Treatment Centers in New Jersey – ensuring that each patient receives the highest level of care possible for their vein disease. Having received training from Yale Medical School, Dr. Siddiqi proudly offers the latest technology available for spider and varicose vein treatments at his office in Wayne, NJ and Clifton, NJ.

Dr. Siddiqi's work with minimally invasive techniques was recognized by his peers in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors for 2017 and he was also voted as one of the Top Vein Doctors in New Jersey.

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Dr. Juan Montoya

VASCULAR SPECIALIST | Yale Medical School

Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in New York. He is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in cardiac surgery, and is now proud to serve the Vein Clinics in Manhattan, NY.

Dr. Montoya performs the latest minimally-invasive vein treatments to treat Chronic Venous Insufficiency; a condition that leads to spider veins and varicose veins, along with symptoms such as leg cramping, pain, and fatigue.

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Dr. Carly Guthrie

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Carly Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. Dr. Guthrie is a double Board-Certified vein specialist, and is regarded as one of the top interventional ultrasonographers in the country. In her years of training and on staff at Harvard, she worked with the top venous specialists in the world, attending some of the most complex cases. Her areas of expertise include radiofrequency ablation using ultrasound guidance, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and the newly approved VenaSeal technique for treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

Dr. Guthrie is focused on bringing the newest and most-advanced treatments to Southern California in order to decrease recovery times and improve patient satisfaction.

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Dr. Billy Schoenfeld

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Schoenfeld has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients in his career. He is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.

Dr. Schoenfeld is focused on introducing new therapies to San Diego, such as the recently FDA-approved VenaSeal procedure for treatment of varicose veins. During his training at Harvard he worked with the best doctors in venous medicine and is now devoted to bringing those state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to Southern California.

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Dr. Calvin Jung

VEIN SPECIALIST | New York University

Dr. Calvin Jung is a double Board Certified Venous Specialist, serving as director and clinical trainer for
the Vein Treatment Centers in Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive techniques for spider veins and varicose vein removal, completely avoiding the need for surgical procedures or any unnecessary downtime. Dr. Jung's focus is on restoring patients back to health so that they can enjoy the activities they love most.

Vein treatments at our Texas spider vein clinic are often covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us today to verify yours!

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Namrata
Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
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Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Caroline
Novak MD

Double Certified
Northwestern University
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Certified spider vein specialist in Paramus & Clifton NJ. She is well known for performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area.
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Simon
Smith MD

NJ Vein Specialist
DREXEL COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Dr. Simon Smith is the best varicose vein doctor in Wayne, NJ. He is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Faisal
Siddiqi MD

DOUBLE CERTIFIED
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi is the medical director for the Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey. Because of his level of expertise in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins, Dr. Siddiqi is part of the select group of NJ Top Doctors, and he sees patients regularly at the Vein Treatment Center in Wayne and Clifton NJ.
Read more >>

Juan
Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL

Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Read more >>

Carly
Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.
Read more >>

Billy
Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.
Read more >>

Calvin
Jung MD

DOUBLE CERTIFIED
NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL

Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>
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