Many people believe varicose veins are just a cosmetic problem. This is one reason why those with varicose veins may be hesitant in seeing a vein specialist.

While it’s true that most health insurance plans won’t cover treatments for cosmetic procedures, many DO cover treatments for varicose veins, especially if you’re suffering from symptoms associated with them.

If you have bulging veins in your thighs or legs, then you’re more likely to suffer from vein insufficiency. Vein insufficiency is a condition characterized by the inadequate flow of blood in the veins, causing pooling of the blood in the legs. It’s usually brought on by a venous disorder, like varicose veins.

Vein insufficiency meets the medical necessity criteria for most health insurance plans, which means that treatment will be covered.

Treating Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are not life-threatening but they require professional medical care if the skin discoloration is accompanied by painful signs and symptoms, such as heavy feeling in the legs, a burning or throbbing sensation, and leg pain that worsens after prolonged sitting or standing.

Although rare, untreated varicose veins can lead to formation of painful ulcers on the skin near varicose veins, blood clots, and bleeding from the veins very close to the skin.

Treatment Options

Most insurance companies require patients with symptomatic varicose veins to complete a trial of compression therapy. This means using prescription-strength compression garments, such as stockings, to see if it can improve your varicose vein symptoms. How long you have to wear compression stockings depends on the insurance company.

Varicose vein treatment has never been easier. And most treatments are covered by insurance! At Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville, we can restore healthy, great-looking legs in about an hour.

What are you waiting for? Request a vein appointment with one of our Premier Vein Clinics specialists today!