Choosing the Right Vein Specialist and the Questions You Should Ask
If you do have vein disease it is extremely important that you find a doctor who is an experienced expert in vein medicine (phlebology), and who has performed a substantial number of vein procedures. His office should be dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of leg-vein disease—which includes ultrasound equipment and the ability to operate with local anesthetics—and equipped with state-of-the-art leg-vein technology. Your doctor must be well trained in the current modern breakthrough vein disease treatments. It is also recommended that you read the reviews, testimonials, and comments of patients who have already been treated by the vein doctor whom you are considering, and you might also ask him some questions about his certifications, knowledge, and experience.
When you have found a vein specialist who is ready to treat your vein problems, you should ask some questions about his experience, education, and practice. Here are some examples:
- What training do you have in phlebology?
- What percent of your practice do you devote to phlebology?
- Are you a Diplomat of the American Board of Phlebology?
- Are you board certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic medicine?
- Is your vein center certified by a national organization?
- Are you a member of a professional phlebology and ultrasound society?
- Are you certified to use ultrasound?
- What procedures do you perform, how many have you done, and who actually performs the treatments?
- Will I need more than one procedure? Why, or why not?
- What complications have you seen with these procedures?
- What kind of follow-up will I need, and what should I do after the treatment to decrease recurrence of my varicose and spider veins?
- What is the cost of the procedures?