Is Vein Treatment Covered By Insurance?

Is Vein Treatment Covered By Insurance?

For any medical procedure, the first thing a patient will want to know is if the surgery or treatment will be covered by their insurance provider — and rightfully so! However, when it comes to vascular surgery, the answer is not always so clear cut. Most times insurance will help cover your treatment, but there are a few exceptions where they will not.

What are the determining factors for insurance coverage?
Generally speaking, insurance companies will agree to help pay for procedures that are deemed as “medically necessary.” This means that a procedure has been recommended to treat and alleviate painful and potentially threatening symptoms.

Which procedures are usually covered?
While it varies from provider to provider, all procedures for treating varicose veins will usually be covered. This is because varicose veins can cause painful swelling and cramping, and can also be dangerous for your entire cardiovascular system if not corrected. Spider veins on the other hand are typically deemed as a cosmetic issue. That means that while many people desire to remove them, it isn’t necessary to maintain their overall well-being, and is therefore not traditionally covered by insurance.

Do I have any other options if insurance doesn’t cover my treatment?
Yes! Here atIsland Vein Specialists we offer up to 100% financing throughCare Credit for qualified patients. We believe that it’s important to provide our patients with an affordable way to pay for the treatments they want and need, regardless of what they are.

Fight High Blood Pressure With These Foods

Fight High Blood Pressure With These Foods

Sodium is your number one enemy when it comes to keeping high blood pressure at bay. While cooking salt-free is one way to reduce your sodium intake to get your cardiovascular health on track, choosing foods that are naturally low in sodium is just as important. Here are a fewfoods that you can start incorporating into your diet that are low in sodium and high in helpful minerals:

White Beans – Packed with magnesium, calcium and potassium, white beans are the perfect addition to any side dish or soup. Just make sure to use the low-sodium option!

Pork Tenderloin – This lean meat is as beneficial for your blood pressure as it is delicious! It’s saturated fat content is significantly lower than that of other meat cuts, so you and your arteries can chow down with confidence.

Fat-Free Plain Yogurt – There’s nothing more satisfying than a cold, creamy spoonful of delicious yogurt. If you’re looking to spice things up, consider mixing in some blueberries for a boost in both flavor and vascular disease prevention.

Tilapia – The beauty of this healthy fish fillet is that it’s extremely versatile and available year-round. Plus, it’s known for being low in harmful environmental toxins, such as mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls.

Sweet Potatoes – Sub out starchy white potatoes covered in butter for naturally sweetened sweet potatoes. Just make sure you don’t forget about the skin, as it’s full of helpful nutrients to keep your blood pressure down.

Can you think of any great healthy recipes that incorporate some of these ingredients? We’d love to hear all about them on ourFacebook page!

While you’re regulating blood pressure and thinking about your vascular health, are there any unsightly or painful veins that you would rather do without? If so, know thatIsland Vein Specialists is Long Island’s #1 vein practice, and Dr. John Gallagher offers vein treatment procedures to patients throughout Long Island, Queens, and the surrounding areas.

What Is A Superficial Vein?

What Is A Superficial Vein?

Have you ever looked down at your own hands, arms or legs and noticed the intricate looking tiny blue web of veins just below the surface? Whether flat or raised, these easily spotted veins are most commonly known as superficial veins.

As their name suggests, superficial veins are less vital than those that are deeper under the skin. While they do carry blood from the heart and pump it throughout the body and back again, superficial veins are not as heavily relied upon as their deep vein counterparts.

Deep veins are much larger than superficial veins and are located further below the skin’s surface, adjacent to large arteries that are essential for your circulatory system to sustain. They are generally a great deal stronger than superficial veins, which is why they’re able to handle a heavier blood flow. Superficial veins however, are prone to swelling, bulging and bursting which causes the development of varicose and spider veins often seen on the legs and feet.

That’s whereIsland Vein Specialists comes in! As varicose or spider veins progress they can cause pain and discomfort, and can make you feel self-conscious about baring your legs. Luckily, there are a wide variety of minimally invasive surgical procedures that can be performed to correct them. When it comes to varicose veins specifically, many health insurance policies are even willing to cover the cost of surgery, as they can pose a risk to your overall health.

If you or someone you know has developed unsightly or painful varicose or spider veins, let Dr. Gallagher and our team of experts help. We’ll provide personalized assistance to help you decide on the vein removal procedure that’s a perfect fit for your needs.