Varicose veins are more than just an unsightly nuisance – they arise from venous disease, a complex condition that should be evaluated and treated by a highly trained, experienced vein specialist. Many spas and therapy centers claim to treat veins quickly and cheaply – but at what cost? Keep these things in mind when you’re considering whom to trust with your veins.
1. Experience matters. Any physician can offer varicose vein treatment – but not all do it regularly or have received advanced training. It’s important to choose a provider who primarily spends time assessing and treating vein conditions – look for board certification and specialized training including general surgery and residencies and/or fellowships in vascular surgery. A true vascular specialist will have formal specialty training in venous disease.
“When it comes to varicose veins – you want an expert in their field looking out for you,” says Teena Brewer-Carr, ANP-BC, nurse practitioner at University Surgical Associates. “Complications don’t occur very often, but when they do it’s important to have a vascular surgeon who can quickly address the problem through a surgical intervention if it’s required.”
2. Every person is different. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. You may or may not be experiencing pain or discomfort from your condition, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be taken seriously. Venous disease (including varicose veins and spider veins) is intricate for each person and requires a unique solution. Vein or vascular surgeons can respond to your needs specifically with a range of options.
3. Evaluations should be thorough. A vein specialist will provide a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan based on your individual needs. You may not realize the extent of your condition, and small veins centers may not be equipped to provide the full range of treatments like medical therapy, schlerotherapy, laser therapy, endovenous thermal ablation, vein stripping, endoscopic vein surgery and other procedures.
4. Expect advanced technology. The specialist you choose should have state-of-the-art equipment that diagnoses and treats a wide range of vascular condition using the least invasive method possible. Ultrasound is frequently used to diagnose vein conditions, and laser and radiofrequency technology are often the treatment options of choice to eliminate spider veins and varicose veins – all with minimal discomfort or downtime.
Choose your vein specialist carefully. A little homework can mean safer treatment, dramatically better results – and ultimately greater peace of mind. For more information about one of our vein screening events or to schedule your initial appointment, call the Vein Center at University Surgical Associates today at (423) 267-0466.