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Women and men looking for an effective treatment for varicose veins that does not include surgery or scarring may want to consider endovenous laser ablation, an advanced vein therapy that is highly effective in most cases. Endovenous laser ablation is virtually pain free and can be performed in less than an hour and without hospitalization. In this minimally invasive procedure, laser energy is used to seal faulty veins, which results in a reduction or complete closure of the vein. A trained professional administers endovenous laser ablation to patients in a doctor office setting as an outpatient procedure. Ultrasound imaging is used to map the veins of the legs, as well as to direct the insertion and placement of a laser fiber that is used to deliver the laser energy to targeted veins. Once the provider identifies the faulty veins, a local anesthetic will be administered to ensure patient comfort prior to beginning the procedure. This treatment most often is performed in under an hour and recipients can return to regular activities, except strenuous exercise, right after the procedure. Compression stockings should be worn for one week to ensure proper healing and a follow up visit will be scheduled approximately one week after the initial treatment. Geographical location, practitioner fees and the number of veins to be treated influence the cost of receiving endovenous laser ablation. If the endovenous laser ablation procedure is considered medically necessary in order to alleviate the pain that is often associated with varicose veins, this treatment will likely be covered by medical insurance. Contacting a vein specialist in your area is the best way to learn more about endovenous laser ablation and to determine if this is the best option for you.
About Vein Specialists of Monterey
Vein care has undergone marked advances in technique and technology which have increased the effectiveness and decreased both the invasiveness and risk of such treatments. Almost all vein care (including the treatment of spider, facial, hand, breast, varicose veins, venous insufficiency and leg ulcers) can now be safely accomplished in an office setting using, at most, local anesthesia. The Vein Specialists of Monterey provide comprehensive vein care addressing all aspects of vein disease and the physicians personally perform all treatment procedures. We offer the areas most comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic methodologies available to address your vein care concerns. We seek to diagnose the underlying causes of your vein problems, not just the surface manifestations of them. Your diagnosis and treatment will be conducted entirely within our office, without invasive surgery or significant sedation. You are encouraged to be an active participant in all decisions regarding your care.
WHAT TO EXPECT
There is a charge for the initial consultation, which consists of a thorough venous history, physical and screening ultrasound examination, all accomplished by the doctor, to check for venous abnormalities. This fee will be billed to your insurance if applicable. At the end of this one hour evaluation, you will have an excellent understanding of the scope of your venous disorder, any further workup required, whether your venous disorder is "medical" (likely covered by insurance) or "cosmetic" (not covered by insurance) and the potential treatments modalities. To do this in a meaningful way, it takes the physician's time, requires a thorough understanding of venous disorders and their treatment, and therefore is not complimentary or free.
If your symptoms and clinical indications meet the specific medical criteria for your insurance we will create a treatment plan that ensures all guidelines are met for insurance coverage.
Our office will obtain coverage criteria and secure approval from your insurance for all proposed treatments.
We are contracted with Aetna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Coastal, CHP, Medicare, United Healthcare as well as several others. Our office will handle all insurance billing. We can review your insurance benefits and provide you with an estimate of your anticipated patient balance after insurance reimbursement.
*For those patients without health insurance we can also provide a cost estimate for an entire treatment plan.
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