Should I Consult a Varicose Veins Surgeon? Medical Advice from a Vein Doctor
Should I consult a varicose veins surgeon?
If you’re looking a treatment for varicose veins, you may think you need to find a varicose veins surgeon.
However, you should never consult a varicose veins surgeon or opt for varicose vein surgery.
Varicose vein surgery is considered to be the historical option to treat varicose veins. In the past, varicose veins surgeons used to treat varicose veins with procedures like venous bypass surgery, vein ligation, and vein stripping.
During these vascular surgeries, the varicose veins surgeon would create incisions on your skin and remove the underlying diseased vein. However, varicose veins surgery had a limited success rate of only 85% and a high risk of side effects or complications such as deep vein thrombosis and infections.
In the last two decades, thanks to significant advances in vein care and technologies, vascular surgery has gone out of favor.
These days, the best vein doctors can treat varicose veins using the latest minimally invasive varicose vein treatments like radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy.
Minimally invasive varicose vein treatments are non-surgical, they cause minimal pain or discomfort, they have a negligible risk of side effects or complications, and they conclude within an hour with no downtime. Most people can resume their daily activities immediately after the treatment. Furthermore, minimally invasive varicose vein treatments also have a higher success rate of 97%.
Minimally invasive varicose vein treatments are a lot more effective, safer, and more convenient than vascular surgeries. As such, you must not consult a varicose veins surgeon and find the right vein doctor instead.
In the rest of this article, we will discuss how you can find the right vein doctor, and we describe the best minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins.
How do I find the right vein doctor?
Vein doctors can come from any field of healthcare or medicine, including cardiology, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, or any other. Any doctor can be a vein doctor, as long as they have proper training.
The development of minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins has blown open the field of vein care and vein treatments. As such, the market has a lot of vein doctors, and you need to practice discretion when choosing the right vein doctor for your varicose veins.
The following is an overview of some of the qualities to consider when looking for the best vein doctor.
- Board Certified: You must find board-certified doctors. Even though there is no board certification for vein care, you should find vein specialists who are board-certified in other fields of healthcare. Board certification is an indication that they’ve completed several challenging professional milestones from reputable medical institutions. You should also look for vein doctors who are formally recognized by the American Board of Venous Medicine. These are some of the most skilled and experienced vein doctors.
- Strong Educational Background: Look for vein doctors who have a strong educational background, having graduated from reputable medical schools like Harvard Medical School, NYU School of Medicine, etc.
- Perfect Track Record: Find vein doctors who have a perfect track record, having successfully performed hundreds of minimally invasive vein treatments.
- Friendly: Look for friendly and compassionate vein doctors.
- Vascular Imaging Specialist: Look for vein doctors who have advanced and specialized knowledge of vascular imaging.
- Minimally Invasive Treatment for Varicose Veins: Finally, you must avoid a varicose veins surgeon and look for vein doctors who treat varicose veins using minimally invasive procedures like endovenous laser treatment, radiofrequency ablation, and VenaSeal.
Is it enough to wear compression stockings?
People suffering from varicose veins are often told that they should wear compression stockings.
That medical advice is sound. In fact, most vein doctors also give the same medical advice and ask you to wear compression stockings.
But is it enough to wear compression stockings?
The short answer is No.
You must wear compression stockings because they apply pressure on your dilated varicose veins, thus forcing some of the accumulated blood to flow towards the heart. As such, you can wear compression stockings to limit your risk of getting varicose veins or easing some varicose vein pain.
In addition to wearing compression stockings, you should also exercise your legs, elevate your legs while sitting, and avoid sitting or standing in the same place for long periods.
However, once you have varicose veins or vein disease, wearing compression stockings won’t treat varicose veins. The only way to treat varicose veins is through minimally invasive vein treatments.
What is the best treatment for varicose veins?
As mentioned previously, the best minimally invasive procedures to treat varicose veins include radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser treatment, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy.
During these minimally invasive vein treatments, the vein doctor will use methods like heat energy (radiofrequency ablation), laser energy (endovenous laser treatment), or medical adhesive (VenaSeal) to destroy or shut down the diseased saphenous vein.
Once the diseased vein collapses, the accumulated blood will reroute to healthier veins, thereby restoring smooth blood circulation to the heart.
Consult a Vein Doctor for Medical Advice
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Dr. Michael Nguyen
VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York & New Jersey.
As a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, Dr. Nguyen is considered a top vein expert for developing minimally invasive and customized treatment plans for the many symptoms of venous insufficiency, including leg cramps, skin discoloration on legs, spider vein removal, and restless leg syndrome.