Q: Does insurance cover this procedure?
A: Typically insurance companies consider this procedure medically necessary. Depending on the deductible and co-insurance, the out of pocket amount will vary.
Q: Can a person have vein problems without having large varicose veins?
A: Much of the venous system lives beneath the surface of the skin and because of that it is certainly possible to have vein issues without varicose veins.
Q: Does the procedure hurt? How long will it hurt?
A: We use a local anesthetic to lessen the discomfort. the vast majority of discomfort is just from the injection of the anesthetic. Most people are back to work in 1-2 days, sore for 3-4 weeks.
Q: Is the procedure done in the hospital?
A: 99% of the time we can do these procedures in the office, decreasing cost and greatly reducing anesthetic and infectious risks.
Q: Is the procedure done with general anesthesia or sedation?
A: We do these procedures in the office without the need for sedation or general anesthetic.
Q: If veins are fixed now is it possible to have more problems in the future?
A: The legs have hundreds of veins within them. Over time it is possible that a vein that is healthy today can fail in the future.
Q: Are varicose veins life threatening? Will anything happen if they are not reated?
A: The presence of varicose veins does lead to a slightly increased chance of deep vein clots which can be life threatening. However, the reason we treat them is mainly to relieve symptoms and prevent future skin changes and ulcer formation.
Q: Are varicose veins considered cosmetic?
A: Varicose veins can result in real disability, especially when left untreated. symptomatic varicose veins are considered a medical problem and are not purely cosmetic.
Q: How much does the procedure cost?
A: The cost varies widely depending on what needs to be done. This is determined at the initial consultation. The majority of these charges are considered medically necessary by insurance.
Q: Will all of the procedures be done at one time?
A: We breakour procedures into smaller procedures when people have more extensive disease. This improves comfort and also decreases the risl of complications.
Q: What compression strength hose are recommended?
A: A 20-30 mm Hg thigh high strentgh is recommended.