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What to look for in a vein doctor

For Large Vein Problems
For Small Vein Problems

Is your doctor Board Certified in Vascular Surgery or Interventional Radiology? These organizations are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of all vein disorders, from life threatening conditions to cosmetic problems. The vein field continues to change surprisingly quickly and it is important to keep up with the latest advances. Physicians from many specialties can treat vein conditions successfully but be cautious about claims of “unique,” “permanent,”“painless,” or “absolutely safe.” Make sure you check out the credentials of any doctor you plan to visit.

For Large Vein Problems:

If you have varicose veins, be sure your doctor does a comprehensive Duplex (color flow) ultrasound examination to determine the source of the problem. Do not undergo any procedure on large veins if an ultrasound is not done. It's best if the study is performed in a controlled setting using state of the art ultrasound equipment accompanied by special cuffs to evaluate vein-valve function.

Most minimally invasive treatments for large vein problems can be done under local anesthesia. Does your doctor offer this option?

If you are having an endovenous procedure (EVLT, VenaCure, or VNUS), who will be doing the procedure and where will it be performed? The most experienced physicians with catheter techniques are interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons. Performing these procedures in the interventional suite is best because this setting is equipped with all the equipment and monitors for endovascular treatments.

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For Small Vein Problems:
If you have spider veins, does the doctor look for the source of the veins with special lights?
If the source is not treated, the spider veins will soon return. Lasers are seldom as effective as sclerotherapy for spider veins. Lasers simply cannot interrupt the source of the spider veins. If your doctor offers only laser therapy, be prepared for mediocre results.

Who does the injections or the laser treatment of spider veins?

Physician treatment is the best, specially trained nurses with specific certification are second best. Do not allow non-physician treatment unless a doctor is on the premises. 

Do you have questions about the services that we offer?

Please feel free to call our office if you need additional information or have any questions about vein care. We are always pleased to assist you.

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