One of the most common questions about spider vein treatment is, “is it covered by insurance?” The answer depends on your individual diagnosis and your insurance plan coverage. Read on to learn more about spider veins and whether your treatment may be covered by insurance.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins, also called telangiectasias, appear in different shades of blue, purple, or red, and may resemble a spider or spider web. Caused by inefficient circulation and weak vascular walls spider veins frequently occur on the legs, but may also appear on the face.
Risk Factors for Spider Veins
• Advanced age
• Increased blood in the body (usually due to pregnancy)
• Hormonal changes
Many people dismiss spider veins as a cosmetic concern and assume that any spider vein treatments won’t be covered by insurance—but that may not be true. Some cases of spider veins may be caused by another condition, known as venous insufficiency. If spider veins are the result of an underlying condition like venous insufficiency, then most insurance plans will cover the cost of one of the spider vein treatment options offered by Advanced Interventional Vein and Vascular Center. Only a qualified physician can diagnose venous insufficiency, so it’s important to visit choose the right physician for your spider vein diagnosis and treatments.
Spider Vein Treatment Options: Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is a popular treatment option that is often used on spider veins and varicose veins. During the procedure, a very fine needle is used to inject a vein-shrinking solution into problem veins. The veins close, shrink, and eventually disappear over a period of about two weeks.
Spider Vein Treatment Options: VeinGogh System
The VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System is an excellent treatment option for spider veins, telangiectasia, or small angiomas less than 0.33 millimeters. During the procedure, a hair-thin probe delivers a high-frequency current to the vein, which causes the blood to coagulate and collapses the vein wall. The damaged vein is the reabsorbed into the body. VeinGogh is often used together with sclerotherapy to provide a spider vein treatment option that eliminates both large and small veins.
Your Spider Vein Treatment Options
If you’re ready to learn more about treatment for spider veins, contact Dr. Keith Sterling and the experts at Advanced Interventional Vein and Vascular Center. Schedule a consultation to learn more about your individual condition and the treatment options that are best for you. After your consultation, you will receive a customized treatment plan and our Vein Care Coordinator will help you understand the associated fees and payment options.