Like most people, you may want to get rid of your varicose veins as quickly as possible, but treatment of vein disease involves medical procedures and just as with any medical decision, you should gather information from your vein doctor until you are comfortable.
That means educating yourself. A good way to start is by answering these questions when you evaluate vein doctors.
- How often does the clinic do vein treatments and how much experience does the doctor have with the treatment you need?
Of course, you need to talk to a doctor to understand what your symptoms indicate and the options available to feel and look better. These days, most treatments for varicose veins are done in the doctor’s office, not a hospital. Ask the doctors you interview how often they perform the treatments they recommend for you and what percentage of their practice are these procedures. Doctors with the most experience – who perform the procedures often – are more familiar with potential challenges and their solutions.
- What is the successful cure rate of the vein doctor and the clinic?
Don’t be nervous about asking a doctor how often the clinic has successfully performed the vein treatments being suggested for you. The doctor should be able to give you that information and also explain what is considered a successful outcome as well as what obstacles might there be to reaching that outcome. Finally, what happens if a procedure doesn’t work?
- How many vein treatments will you need?
Many vein treatments require multiple visits because several veins have problems that must be addressed. After your consultation, you should have a good idea about whether you will need a single treatment or several, as well as how long each will take, how you will feel afterward, and how long it will be between each treatment.
- Does the doctor have specialized education for vein disease, and how do they stay up to date with their vein treatment training?
When you seek treatment for vein disease, the best option is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins, spider veins, hemorrhoids and other types of vein disease. Look for doctors who have trained in the field of phlebology and have board certification in vascular radiology and interventional radiology.
- Are there recommendations or vein treatment testimonials for the vein doctor?
Ask the doctors if there are any references from people who were treated for varicose veins, and look online for additional testimonials. A good doctor will be able to provide plenty of satisfied clients.