Treating varicose veins is often very important to those suffering from the venous disease. Varicose veins can be painful and may cause heaviness in the legs for some patients. That's not to mention the self-consciousness some feel due to the dark, bulging appearance of the veins.
Choosing a Treatment
There are several treatments designed to provide relief from varicose veins. Which treatment is recommended may depend on the size and severity of the condition. For instance, small varicose veins may be treated by foam sclerotherapy, while larger varicose veins may be treated using endovenous laser ablation. A trained vein specialist will often make a recommendation during consultation. Patients are encouraged to inquire about alternatives to his or her recommended treatment so that they explore all available options.
Cost of Treatment
The cost of treatment will depend on which procedure is used. Foam sclerotherapy may run from $200 to $500 per session, but like all treatments, this may vary depending on the clinic. Intense pulse light therapy has also been used to treat spider veins and varicose veins. Each session of IPL may cost between $200 and $400. Treatment for large, painful varicose veins may be covered by insurance. Patients are encouraged to check with their insurance carrier to see if treatment is covered. EVLT, when performed for cosmetic purposes, may cost between $200 and $400, but may be covered by insurance if medically necessary. Similarly, endovenous laser ablation, a common treatment for varicose veins, will be covered by insurance if the procedure is deemed medically necessary.