The cost of varicose vein treatment depends on the severity of varicose veins, the type of treatment you require, and the state you live in. If you have medical insurance, they usually cover the cost for an initial consultation and your medical procedures if the procedures are deemed to be ‘medically necessary’.
If you are paying out of pocket, sclerotherapy generally costs around $350 to $500 per session. You may require multiple sessions, depending on the extent of your varicose veins. You can get a more precise estimate of the number of sessions you would require and the overall cost after your doctor reviews your case in the first consultation.
More advanced procedures can cost more, such as Varithena (which costs around $2000 to $3000) and radiofrequency ablation (around $3000 to $5000). Again, a more precise estimate can only be made after an evaluation of the extent of your disease.
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Does insurance cover varicose vein treatment?
Varicose vein treatments are covered by most insurance companies, as long as they are deemed ‘medically necessary’. They are more likely to be covered if the varicose veins are accompanied with symptoms such as leg swelling, leg pain, restless leg syndrome, and difficulty standing up for too long. For this, some insurance companies may require a referral to cover treatment so they can verify that it is medically necessary. Even then, it is possible for the front office staff at the vein center to obtain a referral on your behalf. Speak to the vein center about this when you book your appointment. They can then gain an understanding of your insurance coverage and maybe even obtain a referral for you without you having to go through the hassle of visiting your primary care physician.
Can you walk after varicose vein treatment?
Yes, you can walk after a varicose vein treatment procedure, irrespective of which procedure you have. Most varicose vein treatment procedures are minimally invasive and can be performed in an out-patient department. The procedures themselves generally take about 30 minutes to 60 minutes and you will be able to walk out of the procedure within half an hour of completing the procedure.
In fact, walking after varicose vein treatment is encouraged by doctors. Regular walking improves blood circulation in the legs, prevents blood clots, and helps speed up the healing process after varicose vein treatment. Doctors recommend that you walk every day after the procedure, increasing distance and speed slowly day by day.
Can you fly after varicose vein treatment?
This depends on the length of the flight, and the extent of varicose vein treatment. Most doctors advise to not fly for at least four weeks after getting varicose vein surgery. For minimally invasive procedures and short flights, doctors may advise not to travel for a week after the procedure. Nonetheless, it is better to plan your travels and your varicose vein treatment as far apart as possible, to give you plenty of time to rest and recover. To know what is best for you, discuss your individual case with your doctor before getting the procedure.
Does drinking water help with varicose veins?
Staying properly hydrated is good for your overall health, and also for your vein health. Drinking sufficient amounts of water ensures that your blood is not too thick, which helps with proper circulation and reduces the risk of blood clots. On the other hand, dehydration can worsen your varicose veins and increase the risk of blood clots, and even Deep Vein Thrombosis.
Not only that, proper hydration strengthens your muscles. Your muscles act as a strong support system for your veins as they pump blood throughout the body towards the lungs. If your muscles aren’t well hydrated and strong, this can cause the veins to weaken and collapse.
Can varicose veins return after treatment?
Varicose veins can return in up to 20% of patients. This can be because there is a family history of varicose veins, there is no change in lifestyle (i.e lack of exercise, smoking, work requiring standing up for long hours), varicose veins have appeared on a different site, or incomplete removal of varicose veins in the earlier treatment. Treatment of recurrent veins may differ from previous treatment, and needs to be discussed with the vein specialist.
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