When is the best time to treat varicose veins?
Varicose Veins affect up to 40% of women and 18% of men in the United States. Varicose veins are caused when the valves in the leg veins stop working properly. The blood is not able to move upward toward the heart and circulate causing the blood to pool when you stand. This condition is called venous insufficiency and causes the veins in your legs to swell and become enlarged. The veins often have a bulging or ropey appearance and can protrude from the skin; however, not everyone will have obvious varicose veins. Some people will have symptoms, but the veins remain hidden under the skin surface.
Symptoms of venous insufficiency include:
· Heaviness, aching, and tiredness
· Swelling in the feet and ankles
· Itching, burning, throbbing
· Muscle cramps – Restless legs
· Changes in skin texture or appearance
Many people are self-conscious about showing their legs and think about having vein treatment when the weather begins to warm up and they begin thinking about wearing shorts and swimsuits, but the best time to seek treatment is during January and February. This is because it takes time to complete the treatment. Moreover, insurance companies usually require patients to complete a ninety-day compression stocking trial to prove to the company that the symptoms bother the patient enough to warrant the company to pay for the treatment. The companies consider the trial part of their criteria to determine which treatments are ” medically necessary”. The best time to wear the compression stocking is in the cooler months. The medical insurance companies like Anthem, Aetna and United Healthcare hope patients will not comply with the stocking use so they won’t have to pay for their subscriber’s treatments.
THOMAS WRIGHT M.D., F.A.C.Ph., R.V.T.
Laser Lipo and Vein Center
830 Waterbury Falls Drive, Suite 202
O Fallon, MO 63368
PH: 636-397-4012 FX: 636-278-1670