When Does Insurance Cover Varicose Vein Treatment? According to Medical Clinic

Aug 21, 2019
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When Does Insurance Cover Varicose Vein Treatment

Do you have large rope-like or trunk-like blood vessels protruding out of the surface of your skin? If so, you’re suffering from varicose veins and you are probably looking for effective treatment options.

Treatment for varicose veins is extremely important for various reasons. First, varicose veins are extremely uncomfortable, painful, and they look pretty hideous, which can lead to social anxiety and self-consciousness. But more importantly, varicose veins are caused by chronic venous insufficiency. This is a serious circulatory disorder in which the valves in your veins malfunction, which causes blood to pool in your lower leg veins. This disease can have serious medical consequences.

Most people, however, are concerned about the cost of treatment for varicose veins and whether they can get insurance to cover the procedure. In this article, we discuss when does insurance cover varicose vein treatment and the leading treatment options.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency: The Root Cause of Vein in the Legs

Chronic venous insufficiency is a circulatory disorder. This is a condition in which the valves in your veins malfunction. These valves are usually responsible for smooth blood circulation to the heart. They act as one-way doors, i.e., they allow blood to move up to the heart but prevent them from flowing back down due to gravity. When these valves collapse, blood flows back down due to gravity and pools around the leg veins. Over time, accumulated blood causes vein dilation, which leads to the formation of varicose veins.

Chronic venous insufficiency is a serious disease and it can have the following consequences:

Formation of spider veins and varicose veins on the surface of the skin.

  • Leg heaviness and constant leg aches.
  • Frequent leg cramps.
  • Restless leg syndrome.
  • Swollen ankles and knees.
  • Discoloration of the skin due to lack of blood circulation.
  • Skin diseases that can cause your skin to become red, inflamed, patchy, and leathery.
  • Leg ulcers, which is the formation of non-healing wounds on the surface of your skin because the lack of circulation prevents wounds from healing.
  • Deep vein thrombosis, a condition in which blood clots form inside your veins. These clots may also travel to your lungs and induce a potentially fatal condition known as pulmonary embolism.

As you can see, chronic venous insufficiency is a pretty dangerous condition so treating it is medically necessary. That’s why you can get insurance coverage for vein in the legs caused by chronic venous insufficiency. However, you don’t get insurance coverage for superficial vein such as spider veins.

When Will Insurance Cover Varicose Vein Treatment?

As previously mentioned, insurance will cover varicose vein treatment because it’s generally always caused by chronic venous insufficiency. However, you don’t get insurance coverage for all types of treatment options. The following are the two best minimally invasive varicose vein treatments with insurance coverage.

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive and non-surgical procedure that includes heat and thermal energy. During this procedure, the vein doctor inserts a catheter into your saphenous vein through an incision on your skin. This catheter generates heat energy that destroys the affected vein and restores blood circulation to healthy veins. This is one of the most effective and popular treatments for varicose veins. It has a 97% success rate, has a negligible risk of side effects, causes little to no pain and discomfort, and it concludes within an hour. Radiofrequency ablation is deemed to be a medically necessary procedure, which is why it gets insurance coverage.

Endovenous Laser Ablation

Endovenous laser ablation is yet another minimally invasive and non-surgical procedure with a high success rate. During this procedure, the vein doctor inserts a catheter along with a laser fiber into the problematic saphenous vein under ultrasound guidance. This laser fiber generates enough laser energy to collapse your diseased vein altogether and restore blood circulation to healthier veins. This procedure is also conducted under tumescent anesthesia so you don’t feel anything during the procedure. However, this procedure causes more post-procedural discomfort than radiofrequency ablation. You can also get insurance coverage for laser ablation because it’s a medical necessity to treat vein disease.

When is Insurance Coverage Not Available?

Generally speaking, insurance coverage is not available for treatments that target superficial veins and don’t treat the underlying venous insufficiency. The following are some vein treatments for which you won’t get insurance coverage.

VenaSeal

VenaSeal is actually one of the best and most advanced varicose vein treatment procedures available and it also treats the underlying vein disease. During this procedure, the vein doctor simply injects a vein glue into the problematic vein to seal it shut and restore healthy blood circulation. The only reason VenaSeal isn’t covered by insurance is that it’s a very new procedure that’s only recently been approved by the FDA. As such, you don’t get insurance coverage for VenaSeal yet.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory phlebectomy is a procedure in which the vein doctor surgically removes the superficial vein on the surface of the skin. You don’t get insurance coverage for this procedure because it’s cosmetic in nature.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure in which the vein doctor injects a medicine into the spider veins to seal them shut. This procedure is also cosmetic since it only removes the spider veins without treating vein disease. As such, you don’t get insurance coverage for sclerotherapy either.

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Dr. Namrata Khimani

Venous specialist | TRIPLE CERTIFIED

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 | TRIPLE CERTIFIED
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 | Double Certified
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.

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Dr. Simon Smith

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DIPLOMAT-CERTIFIED
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 | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
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 | NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
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 | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
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.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Billy Schoenfeld

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
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.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Calvin Jung

VEIN SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
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!

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.
Read more >>

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.
Read more >>

Simon
Smith MD

DIPLOMAT- CERTIFIED
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

DOUBE 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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