In today’s competitive medical environment, it seems that there are a lot of physicians offering vein care as a part of their overall practice. The list include virtually all specialties, and most advertise themselves as “Vein Specialists” , even though they may not have received any specialized training in vein procedures.
Choosing where to have your condition treated is an important decision; perhaps just as important as the decision to seek treatment. Here are a few basic ideas that might help you decide WHERE to have your condition treated.
The Treating Physician
What are his credentials? Is he board certified? While many doctors may claim to be experts, only a qualified vein specialist has the deep and broad knowledge of your venous system that will yield the most accurate diagnosis of the causes of your varicose veins. A qualified vein specialist has the experience, expertise and the necessary equipment to treat your varicose veins with exactly the right procedures tailored to your specific problem. Many part time phlebologists offer only 1-2 modalities of therapy. Most importantly, are you comfortable talking to the vein doctor? Does he seem knowledgeable and able to answer any questions that you may have? You don’t want to be in a position of having this important work done to your body without feeling comfortable that you can ask as many questions as you like–and be completely satisfied with the answers you receive.
Is the practice focused exclusively on vein treatment, or are there many different types of patients being seen at the facility throughout the day? Are the facilities attractive and clean? Does the clinic present a professional demeanor? Vein specialists generally do all their diagnostic work and perform their procedures right in their vein clinic location; so the appearance of the office can tell you a lot about the practice. Ask if there are RVT ultrasound technicians on site. These RVT techs are the most credentialed to perform ultrasound-guided diagnostics as part of the evaluation process.
Contact us if you have any questions regarding your varicose veins.