Because insurance providers don’t cover ALL vein treatment, there is often confusion regarding which treatment(s) they do cover.
While spider vein treatment is always considered to be cosmetic, insurance companies consider varicose veins to be a medically covered problem when they cause symptoms such as heaviness, aching, tiredness, throbbing, burning, itching and/or swelling. Also, bleeding from varicose veins or blood clots in varicose veins is a covered medical issue. We then have to verify that there is indeed a problem with the veins, which we do by performing a Doppler ultrasound on the patient’s leg(s) while they are standing.
Healthy veins carry blood up toward the heart, while varicose veins don’t function normally, allowing blood to flow backwards toward the feet, often resulting in dilated, bulging veins. This backwards blood flow is referred to as venous reflux. Once we have documented the patient’s symptoms and the fact that they do indeed have venous reflux, their subsequent treatment is typically covered by insurance. Some insurance carriers require patients to undergo a “trial of conservative therapy” prior to approving vein treatment.
This usually means having patients wear compression stockings for a period of time, sometimes up to 6-12 weeks. Once they have completed this, we can submit our records to the insurance company for treatment approval.
We are contracted with virtually all large insurance providers. Please call Albuquerque Vein and Laser Institute to schedule your free vein screening or full consultation at 505-848-VEIN (8346). Our experienced staff can guide you through the insurance process.
Dr. Robert Cutchen