While many look at varicose veins as a cosmetic issue, they are actually the most common form of venous disease and can pose several additional health risks if they are not addressed appropriately. Varicose veins occur when veins become twisted and enlarged, preventing proper blood flow. If left untreated, varicose veins can increase your risk for blood clots, which are a potentially fatal form of venous disease that may result in a pulmonary embolism. The risk for blood clots and pulmonary embolism grows larger for individuals who have a personal or family history of venous disease.

Removal of varicose veins can be done through one of several methods. The treatments are either minimally invasive or noninvasive, and are done as outpatient procedures in a medical office. When varicose vein removal is deemed medically necessary by a venous disease doctor, the procedure is typically covered by most insurance carriers.

Understanding Coverage of Venous DiseaseInsurance

Insurance carriers will not offer varicose vein removal on the grounds of it being cosmetically desired. Aesthetic issues are considered a cosmetic procedure, which is not covered by most insurance carriers. Typically, this is a bigger issue for spider veins, which are a less serious variety of venous disease that does not result in enlarged or twisted veins and in which the visible veins are still functional within the body.

When removal of varicose veins is considered necessary for medical purposes, most insurance carriers will cover one of the treatment methods listed here.

Ablation therapy: This is one of the most effective methods of vein removal treatment, with an efficacy rate of 93 percent. This therapy uses laser and radiofrequency to destroy the damaged vein beneath the skin. A catheter about the size of a strand of pasta is inserted into the vein, and the laser or radiofrequency energy is disbursed within the vein, causing its destruction without physically removing the vein.

Ambulatory phlebectomy: This form of venous therapy is used for more severe issues of varicose veins. During this procedure, a thin incision is made into the skin, and the vein is carefully removed from the body. A local anesthetic is used to prevent discomfort during the procedure, which lasts about an hour.

Injection sclerotherapy: It is essential that you double-check with your insurance provider before opting for this treatment, as it is more often used to address cosmetic issues. During this procedure, your vein specialist uses an extremely thin needle to inject a custom solution into the vein, causing it to gradually disappear. This form of venous therapy is used for minor varicose veins as well as spider veins.

As a general practice, it is wise to check directly with your insurance carrier about your coverage limitations. Often, as long as the procedure is considered medically necessary, insurance coverage is available. Contact the specialists at VeinInnovations today to see how we can help!