Are you considering getting varicose vein treatment? Here’s how to find the right doctor.
Is leg pain, swelling, cramping, and feelings of heaviness wearing you down? Are you tired of hiding your unsightly leg veins under pants and long skirts? Are you ready to accept that it's time to get your problem veins checked and treated? But how do you find the right doctor for varicose vein treatment?
First, you must look for a doctor specializing in varicose and spider vein treatment, such as a board-certified vascular surgeon or a phlebologist. Such a doctor will have undergone advanced training in treating vein disorders and completed a rigorous review process to achieve certification. A vascular surgeon, for example, must be certified by the American College of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (AVLS), formerly known as the American College of Phlebology, to perform complex vein procedures.
Beyond certification, a few additional factors come into play when choosing the right doctor and facility for varicose vein treatment.
How to find the right doctor for varicose vein treatment
While credentials are important, you can consider these other points when choosing a vein specialist or facility:
Experience. A physician who has performed numerous vein procedures gives you the best chance of a successful outcome.
Reputation. Check out patient reviews. Healthgrades.com, for example, logs patient satisfaction scores and any complaints against a physician.
The facility. Today’s minimally invasive varicose vein treatments are typically performed at an outpatient vein care facility rather than a hospital. Make sure that the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission certifies your chosen vascular care center. This certification ensures ensure patient safety and reviews a facility’s overall success rate.
Treatment options. There are many fast, safe, and minimally-invasive varicose vein treatments. Check which options are available that best address your needs. Your Center for Vein Restoration (CVR) vein specialist will review your customized treatment plan at the time of your consultation.
Insurance coverage. While insurance doesn’t usually cover spider vein treatment, your coverage should extend to varicose veins. CVR, accepts most major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Preparing for your first visit: What to ask
The next step is to prepare for the appointment! You can write down a list of questions, such as the suggestions below, and see how well the doctor addresses your concerns:
How many vein procedures have you done? What type?
What is your success rate?
What are the chances of a recurrence after treatment?
What can I expect during the procedure?
How long will it take to recover? Any restrictions? When can I return to work?
When do I need to come in for a follow-up?
Can conservative methods, such as lifestyle changes, work just as well as surgery?
About 24 percent of adults in the U.S. have visible varicose veins, so you’re not alone in going through this process! A word of caution: Without medical intervention, varicose veins can progress to venous ulcers, bleeding, and possibly blood clots. But with modern treatment techniques, varicose veins can be successfully eliminated before those complications develop. And the first step in getting that treatment is finding the right doctor.
Schedule your vein consultation today!
Now that you know what to look for in a vein specialist, make an appointment with one of Center for Vein Restoration’s board-certified physicians. Our staff has performed thousands of varicose vein treatments and helped patients return to an active, pain-free life. We pride ourselves on our compassionate and skilled care.
Contact your nearest CVR location today to schedule a consultation or speak to a representative. You may also schedule online at your convenience.