Is your doctor a vein specialist? Many primary care doctors and podiatrists are now offering varicose vein treatment. Would you let a dog groomer repair your car? Probably not. If you have varicose or spider veins they can represent a serious medical condition that if left untreated can progress and lead to complications such as blood clots, skin discoloration, painful leg swelling, leg ulcers, and bleeding. Once you decide to see a specialist for your vein condition, how can you know if they are an expert in the treatment of venous disease? Here are some tips to help you decide.
CHECK THEIR CREDENTIALS
A vein specialist (also known as a phlebologist) is a doctor who has added credentials and education in the evaluation and treatment of varicose veins, spider veins, and lymphedema (leg swelling). In the past, the treatment of vein disease such as vein stripping was performed by conventional surgeons. But in recent years, vascular surgeons, dermatologists and specialists from other disciplines have entered the field.
Currently, there are no ‘phlebology residencies’ in the US, and only a limited number of postgraduate fellowships are offered now. The majority of phlebologists enter the field through being board certified in the specialty in which they trained and then through added credentials, postgraduate medical education and specialty training in phlebology. After demonstrating continued education and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of vein and lymphatic disease, physicians may sit for a stringent examination that, upon completion, designates them as a Diplomat of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. This exhibits the physician’s commitment to pursuing excellence in the field.
VEIN SPECIALIST JACKSONVILLE FL
With 20 years’ experience as a Board Certified Interventional Radiologist and Vascular Specialist, Dr. James St. George,MD is a vein doctor dedicated solely to the effective and compassionate treatment of vein conditions. Using the latest and most advanced treatment approaches, and giving each patient a high degree of personalized attention, he specializes in developing treatment plans perfectly tailored to each patient’s unique case.
TRAINING AND KNOWLEDGE
- Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital Graduate
- Harvard Medical School
- Dartmouth Medical School
- SUNY Upstate Medical University
- Drexel College of Medicine
Dr. St. George has been published in multiple medical journals and is a specialist for research and academic instruction.
- Certified by American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine
- Registered Physician Vascular Interpreter (RPVI)
- Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)
- Registered Phlebology Sonographer
- Diplomat of the American Board of Radiology/Interventional Radiology