Whether you have varicose veins or spider veins, or a combination of both, finding a local vein specialist to treat them isn’t as easy as looking in the phonebook or doing a quick Google search. You want a vein specialist who has the knowledge, experience, and education needed not only to perform the surgery or other treatment right, but also to easily determine which treatment will best meet your needs. Before you decide on a vein doctor or vascular surgeon, it helps to look closely at a few areas.
What to Look for in a Vein Specialist
Training and Experience
Ask yourself this, would you rather work with a vascular surgeon who’s been in practice for many years or with one who only recently graduated from medical school? Most likely, you’d pick the surgeon with ample training, knowledge and experience. Take a look at the vein doctor’s CV to find out how long he’s been in practice, what procedures he typically performs, and where he’s licensed to practice. It also helps to look for board certification, as that means that he has passed a number of requirements beyond medical school, such as completing years of residency and fellowship training.
References and Reviews
Talking to people who have had vein treatments can give you a good idea of how skilled a particular vein specialist is. There are a number of ways to find out what previous patients think of the doctor you’re considering. You can ask the doctor to provide you with references, you can look online at reviews left by past patients, or you can ask any friends or relatives you know who might have had vein treatments from the same doctor. Your primary care doctor might also be able to give you a good review or refer you to a vascular surgeon.
The truth is that not every patient and every doctor is a good match. A vein doctor your friend loves might not be your cup of tea, for example. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have an initial consultation with a doctor before you decide to see him for treatment. During your consultation, you’ll get a good idea of how the doctor treats patients and how the staff at the vein center interacts with patients, and you’ll have a good idea of whether it’s a level of interaction you feel comfortable with. If you don’t feel absolutely comfortable with a doctor or if you feel that the surgeon is rushing you or not listening to your concerns, it will probably not be a good working relationship, and you’ll be better off finding a different specialist to work with.