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Is vein surgery covered under insurance?

Varicose vein treatments are covered by many insurance plans.  Symptoms of varicose veins include leg pain, aches, and swelling.  Some patients experience feelings of heaviness, itching, or burning in the legs.  Bleeding veins, superficial vein thrombosis, skin changes or non-healing wounds in the lower leg can be signs of advanced vein disease.  Treatment is minimally […]

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Is nose surgery covered under insurance?

In some cases, nasal reshaping (rhinoplasty) is covered by insurance.  For this to occur, there usually has to be documentation of significant nasal trauma with resultant deformity. If nasal function is impaired, such as, difficulty breathing through the nose then internal nasal surgery can be performed with or without external reshaping.  These surgeries are performed […]

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Is cosmetic eye surgery covered by insurance?

While cosmetic surgery is NOT covered by insurance, surgery to improve function can be covered by insurance.  Upper lid surgery (blepharoplasty) and eyebrow lifts can be covered by insurance when people have peripheral vision loss with obvious upper lid skin redundancy.  In extreme cases, the upper lid skin may rest on the upper lashes when […]

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Is plastic surgery covered by insurance?

When considering plastic surgery, it is good to know that many procedures are covered by insurance and here are two examples. Breast reduction is usually covered by insurance.  Patients with pain in the back, neck, or shoulders, along with grooving in the shoulders from bra straps may be eligible for breast reduction.  Other symptoms include […]

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Surgeon general declares skin cancer a major public health concern

Skin cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in the United States. About five million people are treated for skin cancer each year, and it is one of the most common types of cancer in young adults and adolescents. In Wisconsin, the number of men and women being diagnosed with melanoma cancer has been increasing. How […]

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Melanoma skin cancer cases on the rise in Wisconsin

It was recently reported by the Wisconsin Cancer Council that skin cancer cases are on the rise. Tanning beds alone can increase your risk of melanoma by 75% (for those that use them before the age of 35). Before you step into a tanning bed please consider that nothing increases your risk of skin cancer development, […]

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Parents and Impact on Sun Exposure: Part II

Written by: Ann Sorgent RN, BSN  Clinical Supervisor Last week, we discussed the findings of a recent study comparing the rates of sun protection practices employed by parents of young children in Australia. The study determined that parents of children born in the latter group to parents who had been educated in skin safe practices […]

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The Truth About Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is fast, gentle, effective, builds confidence, covers large areas, medically accepted and permanent  on dark hair or hair darker than the skin color.   Here at Agnesian HealthCare we have a State-of-the-Art Light Sheer Diode laser that is considered the Gold Standard for hair removal. The laser emits a gentle beam of light […]

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Wellness Tips: tanning beds

Nearly 30 million people in the United States tan in tanning salons every year. On average, that is more than one million people a day. More than 70 percent are Caucasian females, ages 16 to 49 years. It’s Big Business: The indoor tanning industry’s revenues have increased fivefold since 1992 to about $5 billion. Our […]

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What to do about anaphylactic reactions?

Every year in the United States, between 400 and 800 deaths are caused by severe allergic reactions.  A person can die very quickly from an anaphylactic reaction, but it can often be prevented if recognized early. Signs of an anaphylactic reaction include: Hives Itching Rash/swelling Weakness Nausea/vomiting Stomach cramps Trouble breathing Coughing/wheezing If you notice […]

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