You finally took the first step in treating those unsightly varicose veins, now what? You scheduled an initial consultation but odds are you may have some looming questions about what to expect. The good news for you is treatment of varicose veins has come a long way in recent years. It is far less invasive, resulting in less pain and discomfort post-procedure as well as a faster recovery time. Read on to learn more about what you can expect during the initial process of determining the severity of your condition and scheduling treatment.
- Complete proper diagnostic examinations. To accurately eliminate and pinpoint the cause of your symptoms, an experienced vascular surgeon will request a number of assessments prior to recommending treatment. A thorough medical history will be taken as well as a physical exam conducted. In addition, you can expect to undergo duplex ultrasound scanning to more precisely diagnose your condition. These examinations are most often covered by insurance when there are indicators of potential venous disease.
- Speaking of insurance, take the time to understand co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles. The Premier Vein Clinic staff is committed to helping you navigate the details of your plan. It is important to take the time on the front end to understand what your insurance will and will not cover so you are not surprised with a bill after your treatment. Simply because your procedure is covered by your plan, does not mean you will not receive a bill.
- Try at home care tips. Before approving treatment for varicose veins, most insurance companies require the application of conservative management, or at home care for relief of symptoms. The use of compression garments and regular leg elevation with both feet above the heart are two of the most common techniques used.
- Follow doctor’s orders. It is important for patients to take time to read through any information given to them by their provider and ask any questions they may have on how to best care for themselves to ensure optimal results.
If you have already scheduled a procedure you may have questions of what to expect during the actual treatment. If that is the case check out our previous blog post which outlines a typical procedure and addresses common questions. At Premier Vein Clinics, we know veins…it’s what we do every day. You can count on the experienced staff and vascular surgeons at Premier Vein Clinics of Knoxville to restore healthy, great-looking legs often in under an hour! Request an appointment today!