Many of our patients at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute are relieved to learn that their insurance plan often covers the treatment for Varicose Veins and related vein disease if it is determined to be medically necessary. Although each insurance plan/provider has their own specific requirements, vein treatment is considered medically necessary if the patient presents with symptoms of discomfort, including pain, heaviness, swelling at the ankles, discoloration, bulging veins, etc. In addition, the results of a diagnostic ultrasound test (performed by our staff right in our office!) must show the presence of venous reflux (backward blood flow in the vein, which is what causes the symptoms, including bulging veins).
As many insurance companies require a trial of compression stockings and elevation before approving other in-office treatment, you may not be able to receive vein treatment immediately after your diagnosis. Our experienced staff of vein treatment professionals will work directly with your insurance provider to obtain authorization and determine your coverage and any required period of conservative treatment.
It’s important to note that although insurance often covers varicose vein treatment – it does not cover sclerotherapy injection treatment for unsightly Spider Veins, which is cosmetic in nature. However, large clusters of spider veins, especially ones located around the ankle, can often by symptomatic of deeper vein disease, so seeing a dedicated vein specialist, such as Dr. Robert Cutchen, is advised.
What’s The Bottom Line?
Dr. Cutchen provides the most thorough diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins in the Albuquerque area. During your vein screening, you will be advised of the severity of your vein issues and your prescribed treatment plan. Our staff will then follow-up with your insurance provider so that we can detail your eligibility for coverage and financial responsibility if your deductible has not been met.