Janine is the type of person who does a lot of research. She spends so much time on the internet and in the library, in fact, that sometimes she gets overwhelmed with all the possible options. That’s exactly what happened after she noticed a blue, bulging vein on her leg. She knew generally what varicose veins were but wanted to find out more about vein treatment options, including doing nothing. Four weeks later, she was an expert on varicose vein care, but couldn’t make up her mind about next steps.
A friend told Janine about the treatment she had received at the Vein Institute, and helped her schedule a free assessment appointment. Janine found she didn’t need to have all the answers when she walked in the door. It was helpful, however, to know what questions to ask. Following her successful treatment, she talked with us about the questions that helped her make a decision on vein care. You can ask the same ones when you seek treatment for varicose veins.
1.) How many vein treatments does the clinic perform and how much experience does the doctor have with the treatment you need?
First, don’t be afraid to interview a doctor. They should be willing to answer all your questions about vein disease in clear language and make you feel comfortable. Ask the doctors you interview how often they perform the treatments they recommend. Doctors with the most experience – who perform the procedures often – are more familiar with potential challenges and their solutions.
2.) How successful is the vein doctor and the vein clinic for varicose vein care?
A doctor should be able to give you all the information about vein treatment success rates and also explain what is considered a successful outcome. They should explain what obstacles there might be to reaching that outcome, as well. For instance, you might have additional conditions that could make treatment more difficult.
3.) How many vein treatments will you need?
Many vein treatments require multiple visits because several veins may have varicose 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. Also make sure you know what steps will be taken if a procedure doesn’t work.
4.) Does the doctor have specialized vein disease education, 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 vein disease. Look for doctors who have trained in the field of phlebology and have board certification in vascular radiology and interventional radiology.
5.) Can the doctor guide you to patients who are satisfied with their varicose vein care ?
Ask the doctors if they have references from people who they treated for varicose veins, and look online for additional varicose vein patient testimonials. A good doctor will be able to provide plenty of satisfied clients.
We are happy to report that after Janine got answers to her questions, she decided on sclerotherapy to treat her varicose vein. The procedure was successful and Janine tells us she is now researching several new projects that have nothing to do with varicose vein care.