FAQs – Vein Treatment

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Does insurance cover vein treatment?

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Typically, most insurance companies cover vein treatments for symptomatic venous reflux. Most plans do not cover treatment for the surface spider veins because they are considered cosmetic. If you have questions about your particular insurance plan, please do not hesitate to call our office.
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Do you treat my veins with Vein Stripping?

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NO! Vein stripping is almost never done in the United States anymore. Newer, more elegant and minimally invasive treatments are now available.
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How did I get these vein problems?

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Several factors contribute to vein disease. The most important is a family history of vein problems. A genetic tendency causes veins to weaken and wear out over time. Other contributing factors include: Pregnancy, previous blood clots, obesity, occupation, trauma and surgery. Sometimes we really don’t know what, if anything, directly caused the weak veins. In most cases, you can’t do anything to completely prevent varicose veins, but if you receive effective treatment early enough, complications such as blood clots and ulcers may be prevented and symptoms can be relieved.
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Is treatment for my veins painful?

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Most patients (about 95%) feel little to no pain during or after the treatment. We use local numbing medicine to help make sure the treatment is as comfortable and pain free as possible. If you are very nervous or are very concerned about pain, we can prescribe some medication to use before and after treatment. If medication is prescribed to use before treatment you will need a driver to take you home.
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Will I need to have treatment over and over again?

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Once a vein is treated and closed that vein will never cause problems again. However, venous disease is a progressive condition and new veins can arise years after treatment. This is why follow up with a vein specialist is important so any new issues can be addressed as quickly as possible.
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I hate these spider veins on my legs. Will insurance cover treatment for my spider veins?

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99% of insurers do not cover treatment for surface and spider veins. Treatment is practically painless and very successful. We have several treatment plans available to help make treatment for spider veins as affordable as possible. The number of treatments needed depends on the person and extent of their vein issues.
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Do men get vein problems, or is it mostly women that get varicose veins and vein problems?

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Men can absolutely develop vein problems. Although women do get vein problems more often than men, men seem to present with worse symptoms on their initial visit.
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Vein problems only happen in older people right?

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Venous reflux can occur at almost any age. It is more common in the elderly but can show up as early as puberty. If you think you have vein problems, it is best to be seen sooner rather than later in order to prevent worsening of your symptoms.

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