Vein Center

Champlain Valley Vascular Surgery Varicose Veins TreatmentsDo you have varicose veins? Are you afraid of surgery?

Champlain Valley Vascular Surgery has good news for you. There is now a minimally invasive laser procedure for the treatment of large varicose veins.

This gentle endovenous laser procedure is performed in our office and takes only one hour. Clinically effective with documented three-year follow-up, this procedure is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans.

We can renew your legs with this gentle, non-surgical alternative to surgical vein stripping.

Insurance coverage for varicose vein treatment varies depending on your insurance provider and your specific policy. In general, most insurance providers will separate vein treatments into two categories: Cosmetic Procedures and Medically Necessary Procedures.

Cosmetic procedures usually are not covered by insurance providers. Treatments for small, non-symptomatic spider veins are not considered medically necessary; patients will have to payout of pocket. The charges are $250.00 per session and each session lasts about 30 minutes.  The doctor will evaluate how many sessions you may need as some patients require more than one treatment to receive the best results.

However, larger veins that are symptomatic (pain, aching, burning, itching and/or swelling along with additional criteria set by your insurance carrier) will usually be considered medically necessary and will be covered by insurance providers.

Examples of additional criteria are:

  • Lifestyle Disruption
    Do the symptoms in your legs affect any daily activities such as not being able to shop, do yard work, use stairs, run after children, etc., without having to rest?
  • Failure of Conservative Measures
    Conservative measures include the use of compression stockings, leg elevation, weight loss, exercise, and over the counter pain relievers that have failed to provide satisfactory relief over a specific period of time.
  • Vein Size
    Your vein size has to be greater than a specific size set by your insurance provider.
  • Complications
    Complications, such as phlebitis (inflammation of the vein), bleeding veins, leg swelling and leg ulceration make it more likely that an insurance company will consider treatment medically necessary.

In these cases, after documentation of venous insufficiency (the valves in your legs are not properly functioning) determined by ultrasound, most insurance providers will deem surgical procedures to be medically necessary.

We know this process can be confusing. Our office will assist you with your insurance carrier to see if they will cover any procedures done in our office. However it is best to check your policy and call your insurance provider to find out what their exact coverage will be.