If you’re considering varicose vein treatments, you may have some concerns about the cost. Our vein treatment clinics in New Jersey follow a strict “no surprise billing” policy, which means we give you a complete overview of your vein treatment cost with and without insurance coverage before your procedure. However, we can only provide a quote after consultation because varicose vein treatment costs depend on numerous factors. Below, we provide an overview of the factors that determine your varicose vein treatment costs.
#1. The vein doctor’s skills and expertise
Your varicose vein treatment cost depends on your vein doctor’s skills and expertise, as is true for most treatments. You generally have to pay more for vein doctors with more experience. Board-certified vein doctors undergo numerous professional challenges and complete residency programs, fellowships, and certifications to establish themselves as the leading vein experts in the country. As such, they may charge higher for your varicose vein treatment than others.
However, you must never settle for an inexperienced vein doctor just because they’re cheaper. The barrier for entry in the field of vein care is extremely low, which means even relatively inexperienced vein doctors without any practical experience can provide varicose vein treatments. However, inexperienced vein doctors are more likely to cause complications, recommend surgeries instead of minimally invasive procedures, or fail to address the root cause of your varicose veins.
As such, even if you save a little by consulting inexperienced vein doctors, you may have to pay more down the line because of complications or the recurrence of spider veins and varicose veins.
#2. The location and size of your varicose veins
The varicose vein treatment cost also depends on the size and location of your bulging veins. Varicose veins are dense blood vessels that protrude out of the skin’s surface in a tangled and twisted form. They usually appear on the lower extremities of the body, such as the upper thighs and buttocks, but they can also appear on other parts of the body. Furthermore, the size and number of varicose veins continue increasing with time.
The cost of varicose vein treatment depends on the location, size, and the number of varicose veins because that determines the treatment options. If your varicose veins are extremely small, the vein doctor may have to use less medication and vein glue. If you have a lot of varicose veins, the vein doctor may need more medications, the procedure may take longer, and you may need additional sessions.
#3. Whether you have underlying chronic venous insufficiency
Varicose veins are usually (but not always) symptomatic of chronic venous insufficiency, the root cause of most vein problems. Venous insufficiency is a medical condition wherein the collapse of vein valves leads to the accumulation of blood in leg veins. This happens because the valves are responsible for one-way blood circulation to the heart. When your vein valves malfunction, gravity forces blood to flow backward and accumulate in the leg veins, leading to spider veins and varicose veins.
If you have chronic venous insufficiency, the vein doctor will have to treat the underlying diseased vein before removing the superficial varicose veins. Treating varicose veins without addressing the root cause is like painting over a stained wall instead of fixing the leaky pipes underneath — the stains will inevitably return. As such, if you have vein disease, you may need a radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, or venaseal before the varicose vein removal.
#4. Your chosen minimally invasive varicose vein treatments
Varicose veins can be removed using numerous minimally invasive procedures, such as radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, venaseal, ambulatory phlebectomy, and foam sclerotherapy. Each vein treatment plan costs different and has different levels of insurance coverage. As such, the cost of your varicose vein treatment will depend on the chosen treatment plan.
#5. Your insurance coverage options
Most medical insurance plans cover varicose vein treatments, especially if you have underlying chronic venous insufficiency. However, different medical insurances provide different levels of coverage. Furthermore, your insurance provider may also stipulate certain conditions, such as wearing compression stockings for a few weeks before the treatment. As such, your final varicose vein treatment cost also depends on your insurance plan.