Vein disease is a common ailment that has falsely been purported as a “cosmetic issue.” Some doctors feel that treatment of varicose and spider veins are purely cosmetic and only improve the patient’s self-image – this is not true.
In 2008, phlebology, the diagnosing and treatment of varicose and spider veins, became an accepted sub-specialty of medicine. The misinformation that this study and treatment are cosmetic in nature is doing a disservice to the people who suffer from vascular diseases, including varicose veins and DVT, which can lead to a fatal pulmonary embolism. The primary reason it is considered cosmetic is because doctors are not informed as to the effects varicose veins can have on a person’s health.
Fortunately, insurance companies do recognize detection and treatment of vascular diseases as medically necessary. The amount of coverage may vary from plan to plan or patient to patient, but generally, insurance companies will cover phlebological treatments. Vein disease often does leave a visible impact on your legs – the bulging veins can make one feel self-conscious, but they are an outward sign of an inward problem. There is blood pooling inside the veins and it causes them to swell, or worse, clot. In addition to the physical appearance, a person suffering from varicose veins may feel a heaviness in their legs, pain or swelling.
Some people that can only see spider veins (which are small discolored “webs” of veins) may think they would not be covered because those really are only cosmetic. The truth is, spider veins can be a sign of an underlying vein disease, even if no other symptoms exist. The only way to be certain that these veins are truly harmless is to schedule an appointment with a phlebologist, or vein doctor.
Even if you come up against an obstacle for insurance coverage of vein treatment, you should not wait to get treatment, or at the very least, consult a vein specialist in Katy. The team at Premier Vein can perform tests to determine the extent of a vascular disease and provide treatment based on this information. Premier Vein accepts all major insurance, including Medicare. If you have any questions regarding coverage, you may contact the Premier Vein office at 832-772-4899. If necessary, paperwork regarding a need for treatment can be provided to you to send to your insurance company.