My Vascular Surgery Has Been Postponed Thanks to Insurance Company

Today was the day I was originally scheduled to have my vascular surgery, but thanks to my insurance company it has been postponed for at least three months.  The insurance company denied the surgery because they want me to wear compression stockings for at least three months, possibly six months, before they will pay for the surgery.  Even though the doctor submitted medical documents to them proving that my condition would not be helped by compression stockings, they still will not cover it until they have further medical documentation of less invasive methods of treatments attempted first.

Yesterday I went to see the vascular surgeon to get fitted for my compression stockings and he was not happy with the insurance company either.  He told me wearing the stockings was not going to help at this stage, and whether I wear them or not is up to me.  He said I just have to tell him that I wore them!  I told him I was definitely going to wear them.  I have to pay for them so I’m going to put them to use.

The thing that worries me is having to go three to six months more with all of this pain in my legs.  I am having increased difficulty with standing on my feet at work and when I get home I am just so miserable.  The pain is really bad and it is a pain that is hard to describe.  I asked the doctor about the pain today and he said the number of blood clots in my leg, along with the inflammation, and adding the Fibromyalgia on top of it, makes for misery.

So far my left leg doesn’t show any signs of varicose veins.  Hopefully that side won’t be affected.

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Comments

  1. That sucks! Did you doctors write to the insurance companies? If they haven’t, insist that they do. There’s no reason for you to suffer this pain for 3-6 months. Good luck. Keep us updated!

  2. Yes, the doctor did try to get it pushed through but insurance said they had to follow the protocol put in place for this type of health problem. I also called the insurance company myself and they gave me the criteria that must be met before the surgery is approved. Wearing the stockings is what has to be done. It sucks but I have to wait.

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  5. I’m sorry to hear of your experiences so far. Insurance companies tend to consider treatment for varicose and spider veins as cosmetic. They’ve put these protocol’s in place to protect themselves from paying for aesthetic procedures.

    Unfortunately this means that many people, such as yourself, with legitimate pain and mobility issues are forced to jump through the hoops in order to get their treatments.

    I hope your procedure is approved soon, good luck!

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