Frequently Asked Questions(F.A.Q)
What types of treatments are done at the Westchester Laser Vein Center?
Vein treatments include laser, sclerotherapy, vein closure and phlebectomy. An individual treatment plan is developed for each patient, taking into account his or her medical condition and/or cosmetic requirements.
What is the cost for treatment?
The cost for treatment depends on which procedures are deemed appropriate for your condition and how many treatments will probably be needed to correct it.
Will my insurance cover the treatment?
Many insurance companies cover the cost of a procedure (after co-pay and deductible requirements are met) if it is considered medically necessary. Cosmetic procedures are NOT covered. The doctor or his assistant will discuss with you whether they feel your treatment is medically necessary or cosmetic. You can always contact your insurance carrier to review their policy and coverage limits
What is the cost for consultation?
If you have been referred to the vein center by your physician for a medical condition, your insurance should cover the cost of the consultation (subject to co-payment and deductible requirements).
How many treatments will I need for my condition?
The number of treatments needed for a patient's condition will depend on which procedure is considered to be optimal for treatment. Generally, for sclerotherapy, three to five treatments per leg are needed for best results.
Myth: Varicose veins in the legs are mainly a cosmetic problem
Fact: Varicose veins generally result from incompetent (leaky) vein valves. This is known as “venous reflux disease.” This can cause symptoms of leg pain, heaviness, swelling and itching.
Myth: Insurance does not cover the varicose vein treatment.
Fact: Most insurance companies cover the cost of treatment for patients suffering from varicose vein symptoms.
Myth: Varicose veins cannot cause major medical problems.
Fact: Varicose veins can cause medical problems such as blood clots or superficial thrombophlebitis in some patients. This is different from deep venous thrombosis (DVT) which occurs in the deep veins. Varicose veins can cause bleeding. Patients with varicose veins that are left untreated can also develop venous dermatitis or ulcerations.
Myth: Men do not suffer from varicose veins.
Fact: 40% of patients with varicose veins are men, and they usually seek treatment at later stages of the disease.
At Westchester Laser Vein Center, we accept most insurance plans. A list of the insurance plans that we accept is provided below. Patients requiring medical treatment of varicose veins are covered by most insurance plans. Cosmetic treatments are not covered.
Most insurance companies require three to six months of conservative non-operative treatment prior to approval for procedures to get rid of varicose veins. Conservative treatment is defined by insurance companies as exercise, periodic leg elevation, compression therapy (stockings), weight loss, and avoidance of prolonged sitting and standing.
Some insurance plans require a referral prior to being seen by our doctors. If this is the case, please obtain a referral from your doctor prior to the visit. We will ask you for a copy of your insurance card. Many insurance plans require you to make a co-payment for the office visit. For your convenience, we accept cash, check, and most credit cards for the payment.
- Aetna/US Healthcare
- Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Oxford Health Plans
- United Healthcare
- United Healthcare Empire Plan
- Magna Care
- Hudson Health Plan
- Well Care