5 Tips for Choosing a Vein Doctor
Varicose veins arise from venous disease – and as such are a complex condition that should be treated by a highly-trained, experienced vein specialist. Choosing the right provider for the job will ensure your condition is properly diagnosed and addressed using the latest technology in the vascular field. If you are unsure how to find the right specialist for your needs, check out these five tips on what to look for in a vein doctor.
Area of Specialty
Any physician can offer varicose vein treatment, but that doesn’t mean that particular doctor performs vein treatments regularly. It is important to choose a provider that spends time primarily on assessing and treating vein conditions. Look for a physician with ample experience in that area of vascular surgery, including fellowships, residencies and other previous training in this area, as well as general surgery.
Board certification from notable organizations like the American Board of Surgery indicates the surgeon you choose is committed to the highest standard of care and ongoing education in the field. Certification in general and/or vascular surgery is another good indication of commitment, training and experience in the specific conditions and treatments you need. It is also important to choose a provider that employs registered vascular technicians (RVT’s) to assist with the diagnosis and treatment process.
The surgeon you choose should have state-of-the-art equipment that diagnoses and treats a wide range of vascular conditions in the least invasive way possible. Ultrasound equipment is commonly used to diagnose vein conditions today, and laser and radiofrequency technology are frequently the treatment options of choice to eliminate spider veins and varicose veins without discomfort or downtime. A variety of treatment options ensures the surgeon will be able to tailor treatment to your specific needs.
Recommendations and Referrals
If you are still unsure of which vascular specialist will be the best choice for you, start asking others where they go for their vein treatments. Look for a vascular specialist that is recommended by your primary care physician or better yet, ask that doctor which specialist they would choose for treatment of their own vein conditions. You can also ask the vascular surgeon you are considering for references from past patients, or to view “before” and “after” photos of patients that have received treatments from the provider in the past.
Finding the right vascular specialist is the first step in ensuring your condition is effectively diagnosed and treated. Dr. Anthony Carabasi is considered a leading vascular surgeon in the Philadelphia area, and is known throughout the vascular community nationwide, with decades of experience in the field. His credentials, training and experience demonstrate his commitment to his patients and his specialty. To learn more about Dr. Carabasi and his highly specialized staff, contact the Center for Vein Restoration.