Treating varicose veins is a process that takes longer than most people realize, in part, because of insurance regulations. Virtually all insurance companies have a six-week to three-month compression stocking requirement before treatment can be approved. And that approval process can take up to another month after the conclusion of the stocking requirement. That means treatment can be delayed by up to four months.
Plus, contrary to unrealistic demonstrations on popular health TV shows that show instant results, there is a healing process, which can take from a few days to several weeks. Each patient responds to treatment differently.
This is why many patients visit my office in the spring and respond, “Wow, I should have come to you in the fall.”
If you get started now, there’s an excellent chance you’ll be enjoying healthier legs this spring. But that’s not the only reason to get started in the fall. The weather is also cooler and even today’s stylish and advanced compression socks are more comfortable in cooler temperatures. In addition, by the time treatment begins later this year, many patients will have already met their insurance deductible.
Vein problems are not just a cosmetic concern. It’s a good idea to contact our office for a free screening if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
• Chronic leg pain
• Fatigue (don’t want to walk upstairs)
• Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
• Leg cramps
• Blood clots