Varicose Veins FAQ
Do insurance companies pay for treatment of varicose veins?
Varicose veins are a medical disease. The majority of insurance companies will pay for varicose veins procedures for patients that experience symptoms. We will contact your insurance company to verify whether this is a covered treatment. Insurance companies require waiting periods of 6-12 weeks after your initial consultation before treatment can start, so make sure you schedule your consultation as soon as possible to avoid additional delays before treatment.
What are treatment options?
We use Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT), which we consider the most effective treatment. Other options, that we do not provide, include Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) and Vein Ligation and Stripping (surgery).
What is EVLT procedure?
The EVLT procedure is a minimally invasive treatment for superficial venous reflux. A thin laser fiber is inserted into the vein through a small opening. The fiber delivers heat to the vein wall, causing it to collapse and seal shut. EVLT closes the diseased vein and other healthy veins take over and returns blood from your legs back to your heart.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes approximately 45-60 minutes. Plan on spending at least 1 hour in our office the day of the procedure.
Is the procedure painful?
Your physician will give you a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Patients report feeling minimal pain during the EVLT procedure.
How quickly can I return to my normal activities?
Patients can resume normal activities the same day, immediately following the procedure. You should wait one week before running or swimming. Your doctor will recommend a regular walking regimen for a few weeks.
How soon will my legs feel better?
Most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms soon after having the procedure done.
What happens to the treated vein left behind in the leg?
The vein simply becomes a fibrous tissue after treatment. Over time, the body will re-absorb this fibrous tissue.
Are there any potential risks or complications?
As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with the EVLT procedure. Each patient should consult their doctor to determine if their condition presents any special risks. Your physician will review potential complications of the procedure at the consultation.