Choosing A Vein Specialist In Jacksonville
Would you see a dermatologist or podiatrist for a blocked artery? Of course you wouldn't. When seeking vascular treatment, you should choose a vein practice that is dedicated ONLY to the treatment of veins. It can make all the difference.
Many physicians and practices advertise themselves as vein specialists or centers, but advertising can be misleading. Many of those so-called "specialist" physicians practice in an unrelated specialty with no formal training in vascular disease. Often, these physicians' primary practice is in another specialty altogether, such as podiatry, cardiology, dermatology or general surgery. These "centers" operate part-time and only provide "vein treatment" a day or even half a day each week.
- A true vein specialist or dedicated vein center should have thorough, formal specialty training and advanced experience in venous disease. Make sure your physician has completed a fellowship in a specialty that provided advanced training in venous disorders as recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The only two types of certified specialists who meet these requirements are interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons.
- Your specialist should provide direct treatment to you from beginning to end. A physician's assistant, nurse practitioner, nurse or technologist should not be treating you. Many of the part-time centers pay a nurse or technologist to come to their practice and provide the evaluations and treatments.
- Your specialist should use the latest technology. Ultrasound is critical to both the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins. Many so-called vein practices only use a laptop with limited capabilities or outdated or even used equipment. You should seek a vein specialist who uses a state-of-the-art, full-size vascular ultrasound machine.
- Your specialist should employ a dedicated, full-time certified vascular sonographer who has extensive experience evaluating venous insufficiency. Many vein practices merely pay a sonographer as needed for a day or half a day each week. These sonographers are not part of the physician's practice. They have limited or no experience with the physician's equipment, and are not necessarily experienced in evaluating venous insufficiency or varicose veins.
- Your specialist should provide a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan. Many "vein centers" only are able to treat the main abnormal vein with a laser and do not provide comprehensive treatment, which often requires treatment of abnormal small veins using other techniques such as RF ablation, foam sclerotherapy, liquid sclerotherapy and phlebectomy in order to achieve optimal medical and cosmetic results.
Choose your vein specialist wisely. A little homework can mean dramatically better treatment -- and, most of all, peace of mind.