“My philosophy of patient care is to not only treat those patients who have the signs and symptoms of vein disease …but also, the many other causes for lower extremity swelling and pain and heaviness.” – Dr. Sagar Patel
Tell us about your medical background
“I got my medical degree at the Medical University of Lublin in Lublin, Poland, explains Dr. Patel. After I graduated from medical school, I started my residency in family medicine at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana. There, I experienced the many facets of rural health… and that set up a good base of knowledge for me to narrow my expertise into being here (at Center for Vein Restoration).”
Dr. Patel credits his training and experience in family medicine with giving him a “whole person” approach to treating symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency. Family medicine is a specialty within primary care that provides thorough, ongoing health care to patients of all ages, genders, diseases, and body parts. This patient-centered background informs Dr. Patel’s approach to vein disease—looking at the individual as a whole, not just separate body systems.
“I had many patients with heaviness in their legs, swelling, and even ulcers. When we saw varicose veins on some of our patients' lower extremities, it was always (thought of as) a cosmetic issue versus a medical issue. Then I decided to spend more time increasing my knowledge about venous insufficiency and how to treat my patients in so much pain.” – Dr. Sagar Patel
Dr. Patel achieves high patient satisfaction by considering what an individual wants and not ignoring other factors impacting the overall health outcome.
What is whole person health?
Rather than just focusing on symptoms or disease, understanding how a person lives and addressing unhealthy patient behaviors can help a physician guide the patient toward better health. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH), tackling unhealthy behaviors such as poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, chronic stress, and poor sleep is the first step in improving chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and venous insufficiency.
Why did you choose to practice with Center for Vein Restoration?
In his quest to learn everything he could about venous insufficiency and its impact on his patient’s overall health and well-being, Dr. Patel discovered Center for Vein Restoration’s (CVR) Venous and Lymphatic Medicine Fellowship program. CVR was granted this 12-month program in 2017, designed to provide physicians with broad training in diagnosing and managing patients suffering from chronic venous disorders.
Dr. Patel recalls not only wanting to help his patients who presented to him with symptoms of vein disease, including lower extremity swelling. pain and heaviness, lymphedema, and ulcers, but “go beyond that” by educating himself on treatment options and helping the patient achieve “overall better health” through vein care.
“I want to make sure that they are completely taken care of in terms of not just vein-related issues but whatever may be at play, such as arthritis or high blood pressure. Maybe they haven't seen a primary care physician in a long time.” – Dr. Sagar Patel
How to find the best vein care in Georgia
CVR offers five Georgia
vein clinic locations in the greater Atlanta area and surrounding suburbs. All our vein centers are led by board-certified physicians trained in advanced vein disease treatment options. Vein treatment at CVR is covered by most insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid.
If you are tired of living with the discomfort associated with vein disease, including painful, swollen varicose veins, itchy, irritating spider veins, leg heaviness, swelling, cramping, restless legs, or ulcers, it is time that you do something about it.
Call 800-FIX-LEGS (800-349-5347) to speak to a helpful Patient Services Representative (se habla español). You may also schedule a consultation online with any of the 70+ CVR vein physicians at one of our 110+ vein clinics HERE.