With today’s technology and education, it’s easier more than ever to search for the right treatment for your vein concerns. The question is, are any of these solutions causing more harm than good and how do you know which is best for you? We’ve narrowed down the top things to consider when choosing the right vein doctor for your particular needs.
Almost 35% of Americans suffer from varicose veins according to the Society for Vascular Surgery. It’s no wonder that vein centers are on almost every corner now. As these symptoms become more prominent in patients, the need to address these vascular conditions has become more popular as well. While this may seem like a good thing based on its convenience, often times it’s not.
Whether you suffer from painful venous issues or unsightly spider veins, knowing how to choose the right doctor from the beginning can make all the difference in your treatment plan, and ultimately your health.
4 Things To Consider When Choosing The Right Vein Doctor
1. Know The Difference In The 3 Types Of ‘Vein Doctors’.
Physicians who treat veins typically fall into 3 classifications: vascular surgeons, vein specialists, and phlebologists. While each of these can treat veins to some extent, knowing their specialties is vital to choosing the right doctor.
- Phlebologists have only been around since 2007 and can be certified after a 3-day training course. While some may obtain a board certification, this 3-day course is vastly different from a true board certification and is not an AMBS accredited specialty.
- Vein specialists are typically ABMS Board Certified cardiologists, interventional radiologists or dermatologists who go through residency to study a particular field in relation to veins.
- Vascular surgeons have the most extensive knowledge in treating operative and medical cases of vein and vascular issues, including arterial and venous diseases. After medical school, vascular surgeons complete 5-7 years of residency with an additional 2 years of fellowship within the vascular field.
2. Know Your Treatment Options.
Vein clinics vary based on the types of doctor(s) and treatment options available. Unfortunately, it’s become more common than ever for patients to receive unnecessary care for the benefit of the practice, not the patient.
Based on the high volume of patients seeking vein treatments and therapies, there has been an increase in the number of clinics available. Every patient is different and their treatment should be personalized. If a vein clinic has mandatory guidelines to classify your treatment, it’s worth looking into a second opinion before proceeding.
3. Know What To Avoid.
If it seems too good to be true, then there’s a possibility that it is. Typically, when vein clinics offer groupons or lower costs, it’s best to consider the reason behind those specials. A doctor should never recommend treatment based on costs or insurance coverage! In some cases, doctors will lure patient’s in and perform ultrasounds or other therapies that simply aren’t needed.
4. Research Your Doctor Before Your Appointment.
It’s important to know your surgeon’s background and reputation before making an appointment with them. If you weren’t recommended to your doctor via word-of-mouth, doing research is always best.
Here are a few things to pay attention to when researching your vein doctor:
- How long have they been in practice?
- Are they board certified from an accredited organization?
- What does your vein doctor specialize in?
- Can they offer medical and operative care?
- Does your vein doctor have positive reviews?
If you’re seeking treatment for unwanted veins, our board certified vascular surgeons would love to consult with you to help you decide your next steps. Here at the Vein Centre, we consider every patient’s care and treatment plan based on their specific needs and goals. Contact us today to schedule a personalized consultation.