Varicose Vein Surgery: FSA Eligibility
What is varicose vein surgery?
Varicose vein surgery is also known as vein ligation and stripping. Varicose vein surgery refers to the surgical procedure of mitigating the effects of varicose veins by removing them surgically. Varicose veins are veins whose valves have become gnarled and enlarged, preventing them from functioning properly. Properly functioning valves in veins will prevent blood from flowing in both directions; varicose veins therefore allow blood to flow in both directions, which causes them to become engorged with blood and appear visible underneath the skin. Veins anywhere in the body can become varicose but the condition is most commonly seen in the legs and feet (Healthline).
Varicose vein surgery stops the varicosity condition by removing the actual veins which have been struck by the condition. Varicose veins initially are just a cosmetic issue but can become painful and aching, and may indicate more serious circulatory issues. Varicose vein surgery is normally performed on an outpatient basis with local anesthetic. Tools are used to remove the vein by severing the segments on each side of the damaged valve or valves. Varicose vein surgery is usually quite effective but may have side effects in some people including scarring.
Varicose vein surgery is eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare account. Alternative procedures to deal with varicose veins include laser treatments, phlebectomy, radiofrequency treatments, and stab avulsions. Check with a doctor before pursuing varicose vein surgery, as there are several demographics for which varicose vein surgery is not recommended for a variety of reasons, including safety and/or effectiveness.