If you suspect you may have a condition like varicose veins, spider veins, face veins or venous ulcers, or if you have actually been diagnosed with one of these conditions, it’s likely that you’ll be thinking seriously about seeking treatment. But we also understand that if you decide to do so, paying for your procedure is going to be one of your foremost concerns.
The first option to consider is always your current insurance coverage. Generally, to qualify for coverage, your treatment must be classified as a medical necessity, meaning that the procedure is necessary to eliminate symptoms like pain or swelling that can’t be addressed through other means.
This is more likely to come into play with a condition like varicose veins, which, although patients do often regard them as cosmetically unsightly, are accompanied by symptoms that include pain, fatigue and swelling of the legs or ankles. And if left untreated, varicose veins can lead to more severe problems like venous leg ulcers, spontaneous bleeding and potentially life-threatening condition called deep vein thrombosis.
Similarly, spider veins can merely be unsightly, but they can also cause itching or burning sensations, and when left untreated, they can occasionally be a sign of a blood back-up. Venous ulcers are another condition that can sometimes be painful.
Only an exam by a qualified physician can pinpoint the severity of anyone’s specific condition. However, if it’s determined that treatment is a medical necessity, the staff at Vein Specialists of Tennessee will provide the necessary diagnostic documentation to your insurance company to help secure approval for treatment.
If it turns out that treatment is for cosmetic reasons only, insurance will typically not provide coverage; however, Vein Specialists offers several payment options that can help you more easily manage covering the costs of your desired treatment. Someone from our staff will explain those options to you when you come for your next appointment.
Dr. Jack Tarr of Vein Specialists of Tennessee has more than 30 years of experience treating patients in Knoxville and the surrounding East Tennessee area. Vein Specialists of Tennessee routinely treats varicose veins, spider veins, face veins, and venous ulcers through a spectrum of treatment options, including ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation and microsurgical ambulatory phlebectomy.