FAQs for Our Vein Treatment Services in St. Charles and Aurora, IL
Does AmeriVein take my insurance?
AmeriVein accepts most major insurance plans. If we do not have a contract with your insurance company, we still prepare and file your claim. Most plans have significant out-of-network benefits. Please contact our insurance specialists with any questions.
After your treatment plan is finalized, we can provide you with an insurance specific estimate and a maximum figure for you out of pocket expenses for your procedure.
Cosmetic procedures are not considered “medically necessary” and not covered by most insurance plans.
How much does spider vein treatment cost?
The consultation, diagnostic testing, and surgical treatment of varicose veins are generally covered by insurance. Our insurance experts are experienced in dealing with the providers and are able to furnish the documentation of medical necessity required by many insurance plans. We will obtain pre-certification and file claims for consultations, diagnostic testing, and vein surgery treatments. We provide prescription compression stockings at a discount. The treatment of spider veins is generally considered cosmetic.
Do injections work?
Injections can be effective at eliminating veins and are the primary option for reticular and spider vein treatment. Tumescent Enhanced Sclerotherapy (TES®) appears to be more effective with less risk than traditional injection sclerotherapy. TES® is also effective for some varicose vein removal.
Multiple sessions are sometimes necessary and occasional future treatments may be required to achieve and maintain optimal results.
Is the treatment of varicose veins cosmetic?
Many people have avoided their treatment of varicose veins because they believe or have been told that they are a cosmetic condition. This is not true. Varicose veins have significant symptoms and the potential for serious complications. Most major insurance companies will consider the surgical treatment of varicose veins a covered benefit.
Non-surgical treatments such as sclerotherapy are generally considered cosmetic. Spider vein treatments are considered cosmetic.
What are the causes of spider veins?
Spider veins are very common. Because they respond to hormones, they are more common in women and tend to get worse during pregnancy and as we get older.
The cause of spider veins is almost always connected to a reticular vein. The reticular vein must be treated to achieve quick and long lasting results. Tumescent Enhanced Sclerotherapy (TES®) is particularly effective in the treatment of reticular veins and spider vein removal.
While spider veins cannot be permanently cured, treatment today combined with occasional future treatment can achieve and maintain good cosmetic results.
What are the complications of untreated varicose veins?
It is a common misunderstanding that varicose veins are a cosmetic condition only. This is not true. Varicose veins often cause significant symptoms such as aching, heaviness, and swelling. Untreated veins may develop complications such as blood clots, skin changes, and ulcers.
Blood clots may form in the varicose vein itself because of low blood flow. The blood clot is usually a hard tender red vein. This type of clot has a chance of progressing in the leg and may cause a clot in the deep veins (DVT). This type of clot can be life threatening. Also, just the presence of varicose veins increases the risk of deep vein blood clots. Blood clots in varicose veins can be drained in the office or can be removed in the operating room with varicose vein surgery.
Skin changes and ulcers occur when varicose veins are left untreated for years. The process usually begins with some darkening of the skin around the inside of the ankle. This progresses to skin thickening and then to open sores or ulcers. Ulcers are not always caused by vein problems. A physical exam and diagnostic testing may be required.
Do I need to get treatment of my varicose veins?
For many people, varicose veins are cause significant symptoms, but for others they are a source of embarrassment or simply a nuisance. Even if the veins are not causing symptoms, they have the potential of becoming progressively larger and developing complications over time. Varicose veins will not go away without treatment.
Modern varicose vein treatments are minimally invasive and can be performed with a minimal downtime. While the treatment is elective, it should be performed at your earliest convenience to improve your symptoms and appearance and improve the health of your legs.
What are the causes of varicose veins?
Varicose veins are the result of normal veins being exposed to high pressure over a prolonged period of time. The pressure inside the leg veins would be expected to increase when standing because of the force of gravity. In healthy legs, there are one way valves inside of veins that work to break up this pressure. When these valves leak, the pressure is allowed to grow. Normal veins are elastic and can stretch to handle high pressure for a short term. When the pressure is prolonged, the vein stretches like a balloon and the elasticity is lost, thus the cause of varicose vein symptoms. Once a vein becomes varicose, it usually does not return to normal.
Heredity, pregnancy, prolonged standing, and obesity all act to cause valves to break down and leak. When treating varicose veins, the veins containing the bad valves must be eliminated for long lasting results.
How common is vein disease?
Varicose veins affect about 30% of women and 10% of men. Spider veins become more common with age, affecting up to 80% of some age groups.