Asking the right questions is key

Whether you are simply seeking treatment for unsightly spider veins, or have more serious conditions like venous insufficiency, varicose veins, blood clots in your legs or venous stasis ulcers, it’s important to ask the right questions when deciding where to go for treatment.

Insist on accreditation. Vein procedures should be performed by board certified surgeons and physicians with appropriate accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.

Experience counts. Effectively treating venous insufficiency, varicose veins and spider veins requires thorough knowledge of the vascular system and the skill to perform intricate procedures. Many of the veins we treat are very complex, and some procedures are extremely advanced. Precision is key to success. You should ask how much experience the surgeon has performing your procedure.

Don’t fall for false promises. Ask the surgeon about the expected outcome of your procedure, and how many treatments you may need. In our practice, we work with you to set realistic expectations and not promise more than what it is physiologically possible so you are not disappointed with the results.

Diagnosis determines treatment. Ask how the surgeon will confirm your specific condition before recommending treatment. Proper diagnosis should include an initial consultation to identify cosmetic (spider veins) versus medically necessary conditions (varicose veins and/or venous insufficiency).

If there is a medical concern, the initial evaluation is generally followed by a venous physiology ultrasound study, which should be performed by a sonographer or clinician credentialed as a registered vascular technologist. This determines how severe your condition is, what your diagnosis entails, and what treatment options are available. Following these steps will help you meet your care goals efficiently and effectively.

Technology drives results. A key component in effectively diagnosing and treating vein conditions is the technology we use. We can now detect the root cause of your venous problem more accurately thanks to duplex ultrasound.

Advances in laser technology also drive success during endovenous laser treatments, a procedure used to treat venous insufficiency. A skilled surgical team can safely perform even complex procedures on an outpatient basis. Most patients feel better and resume their daily activities within a very short period of time. Excellent technology used by highly trained specialists offers you the best possible results, with the least amount of discomfort and recovery time.

We are truly committed to performing with excellence and aim to reach the best results for patients who visit our state-of-the-art vein center. If you have any questions, give our office a call at 413.732.4242.