The new year is a classic time for making resolutions. If one of your resolutions involved doing something about those varicose and spider veins that have bothered you for years, I’m here to be the “easy button”.
Unlike a few decades ago, nowadays the state-of-the- art treatments for chronic superficial vein disease are all non-surgical, minimally-invasive and maximally comfortable. There is no downtime: you can resume most normal activities immediately. Most people are also surprised to learn that many procedures may be coverable by insurance, including Medicare.
It isn’t just about aesthetics, chronic superficial vein disease commonly leads to symptoms such as legs that feel heavy, tired, and uncomfortable. At times, some patients also experience leg cramps, “restless legs” and swelling. If left untreated, the underlying factors that lead to superficial vein disease may lead to significant medical issues, including chronic leg discoloration, skin damage/ulceration, clots, and bleeding. Unfortunately, many doctors and patients fail to recognize the connection between such symptoms and chronic vein disease.
The road to legs that feel and look better begins with a consultation appointment. During this visit, we often decide to do an ultrasound to determine whether underlying issues are contributing to symptoms and signs of superficial venous disease. This painless, informative ultrasound study is typically covered by most insurers and Medicare. The results of the ultrasound will determine if your particular issues may be coverable by insurance. You should be aware that insurance coverage may take weeks or even months to achieve (no worries…we do all the “legwork”, including dealing with insurers!); that’s why it’s important to start the process as soon as possible.
So, let me help you make 2019 the year you learned to love your legs again! Wishing you a happy and healthy new year, Dr. David Rosen, MD.