legs-434918_960_720It’s a common misperception that varicose veins are merely a cosmetic issue, and that people seek treatment only to improve the appearance of their legs. While this is sometimes the case, at Premier Vein Clinics of Knoxville we know that the treatment of varicose veins is not for cosmetic purposes alone, but is quite often a medical necessity.

Varicose—meaning enlarged or swollen—veins develop when the one-way valves in the vein become damaged or weak. The valves in healthy leg veins keep the blood flowing continuously upward toward the heart, against gravity, but when the valves malfunction blood flows back and pools in the vein. This can create the twisted, bulging appearance that may cause swelling, pain, or fatigue in the legs. These symptoms may become problematic enough to interfere with a person’s lifestyle or even occupation.

The good news is that procedures to treat varicose veins have come a long way and are minimally invasive, in-office procedures that are typically covered by insurance. Keep in mind that each patient presents a unique case and all insurance plans are not designed alike. Sometimes insurance carriers require specific steps and documentation in order to cover treatment of varicose veins. This may include a thorough physical exam, diagnostic testing showing evidence of venous disease which can be performed via ultrasound, and documentation that conservative management techniques have been implemented.

The “conservative management techniques” are the reason varicose vein procedures may be delayed for up to 90 days. Some insurance companies require that patients and their physicians first try a conservative treatment for relieving the symptoms of varicose veins, such as wearing compression stockings. Fitted compression stockings are designed to increase circulation by decreasing tension on the veins in your legs and slowing the progression of varicose veins.

Compression stockings may be used alone or in conjunction with a medical vein treatment, and many insurance plans require varicose vein patients to undergo up to 90 days of compression stocking therapy or medication therapy prior to approving coverage of a treatment. The length of the insurance approval process also varies by company.

Based on the treatment recommendation of your Premier Vein Clinics physician, we will submit the treatment coverage request to your insurance company, and your procedure will be scheduled after your insurance plan has approved your treatment. The staff at Premier Vein Clinics is committed to helping you every step of the way through the claims process and understanding the details of your plan.

There are many options for the treatment of diseased veins and your best option depends on the severity of your condition, your preference, and desired outcomes. The most important aspect to consider is that you don’t need to put up with the discomfort your varicose veins are causing.

We are offering free varicose vein screenings for qualified candidates through August, 2016, at our Premier Surgical Papermill location. So if you are suffering from pain or swelling in your legs, request an appointment for a free screening with one of the local board certified vascular surgeons at Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville. Don’t let another season pass by before restoring your healthy legs, free of varicose veins.