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Do I need a doctor if I have varicose veins?

This question was asked in Lone Grove, Oklahoma and has 4 answer(s) as of 10/24/2012.
Varicose veins are hereditary in my family. My parents both had them on their legs. My legs are sore very often and I am always hurting. I have been losing weight but it doesn't seem to help very much. Do I need to see a doctor for this? I have read that most insurance companies don't cover it.


Doctors Answers (4)

If your varicose veins are causing you symptoms, you should see a doctor for further evaluation and recommendations. There are both conservative options and procedures to treat varicose veins. Insurance will cover procedures that are considered medically necessary.

Yes, you should see a doctor. If you have symptomatic varicose veins chances are you have venous valvular reflux which is readily treatable under local anesthesia in an office setting. Most insurances co er that treatment.

In fact most insurance companies do cover varicose veins if they deem it medically necessary. You might consult your primary care physician for his or her opinion or you may call our office for any questions.

Insurance companies often cover varicose vein treatment if the veins cause symptoms, regadless of their appearance. Treatment is always performed at a doctor's office either by the physician or his designated physician's assistant/nurse practitioner, or registered nurse (RN). Legitimate vein treatment outside a physician's office is illegal. Losing weight will not help your veins.

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