What Kind of Specialist Treats Varicose Veins? And Other Questions About Vein Treatments in NYC
What kind of specialist treats varicose veins?
A phlebologist is the kind of specialist responsible for the treatment of varicose veins, spider veins, and all other vein-related problems. Phlebology is the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of vascular conditions, and phlebologists are the specialists trained to diagnose and treat the root cause of your vein problems. Phlebologists can come from all medical backgrounds — they can be hospitalists, primary care physicians, dermatologists, cardiologists, or anesthesiologists — provided they have the appropriate training.
However, you must note that all vein doctors aren’t equally good and reliable. The barrier for entry into the field of phlebology is quite low, and doctors can call themselves vein specialists after minimal training and a few tests. That’s why you must look for vein doctors with advanced specialization in the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. They should have completed prestigious residency programs and fellowships in vein care, and they must specialize in minimally invasive vein treatments.
What does a dermatologist do for varicose veins?
Dermatology is the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of skin-related problems. As such, dermatologists often treat varicose veins because they manifest externally as bulging leg veins that look like a dense mass of twisted, knotted, and tangled ropes. However, dermatologists only provide cosmetic treatments for superficial varicose veins. They may perform laser therapy, which involves channeling light energy into the diseased veins, or sclerotherapy injections into the varicose veins.
Laser therapy and sclerotherapy may improve the symptoms of varicose veins by minimizing their visibility. However, these procedures don’t address the root cause of varicose veins, i.e., chronic venous insufficiency. As such, even after the vein treatment, blood will continue accumulating in your leg veins, leading to a high risk of varicose vein recurrence. That’s why you should seek vein treatments from phlebologists with specialized training in minimally invasive varicose vein treatments — not dermatologists or medical spas.
Do you see a cardiologist for varicose veins?
As mentioned previously, phlebologists can come from all fields of medicine, including cardiology, the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to the blood vessels. Chronic venous insufficiency, the root cause of varicose veins, is a circulatory disorder caused by damaged vein valves. As such, cardiologists are uniquely capable of addressing the root cause of varicose veins, thus ensuring long-lasting relief.
However, even with cardiologists, you must ensure that they have advanced training in phlebology and minimally invasive vein treatments. If the cardiologist doesn’t have recent or advanced training in minimally invasive procedures, they may recommend outdated varicose vein surgeries that involve a high risk of complications and downtime. You should only proceed with varicose vein treatments if they’re minimally invasive, in-office, outpatient procedures.
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Should I consult a board-certified vascular surgeon?
Board-certified vascular surgeons are objectively guaranteed to be the country’s leading vein experts. Board certification isn’t necessary to practice vein treatments, but it helps you identify the best and most experienced vein doctors. To get board-certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, your vein doctor must complete challenging residency programs, fellowships, and advanced training in minimally invasive vein treatments. They must also stay abreast of the latest developments in vein care to retain their certifications. That’s why you should ideally consult ABMS board-certified vascular surgeons in NYC.
What is the main cause of varicose veins?
Chronic venous insufficiency is the primary root cause of varicose veins, spider veins, and most other vascular problems. The human body consists of two blood vessels — arteries and veins. The arteries carry blood from the heart to different parts of the body, whereas the veins carry blood from the extremities to the heart. The veins also carry blood from the legs to the heart, against the force of gravity, with the help of valves. In healthy veins, the valves act as one-way doors facilitating optimal blood flow towards the heart against the force of gravity.
Chronic venous insufficiency is a medical condition wherein the vein valves collapse or malfunction because of various reasons — age, genetics, hormonal changes, pregnancy, sedentariness, weight, or more. When your vein valves collapse, gravity forces blood to flow backward and accumulate in the leg veins. The continued accumulation of blood in leg veins eventually leads to excessive vascular dilation and the eventual formation of varicose veins — bulging leg veins that look twisted and tangled. Other symptoms include leg heaviness, spider veins, restless leg syndrome, and frequent leg cramps.
How can I get rid of varicose veins without surgery?
Your board-certified vascular surgeon must provide minimally invasive, non-surgical treatments for varicose veins. In the past, varicose veins could only be treated with complex surgical procedures that involved a high risk of complications and extended downtime. However, thanks to medical and technological advancements, we can treat varicose veins using minimally invasive, in-office procedures, such as radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, and venaseal. These procedures have a negligible risk of complications, are safe and effective, and conclude within an hour with no downtime.
What is laser treatment for varicose veins?
Endovenous laser treatment is one of the pioneering minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins. During this procedure, the vein doctor makes a small incision on the skin’s surface to insert a laser fiber into the diseased vein under ultrasound guidance. Once the laser fiber is in place, the vein doctor activates it to generate laser energy and collapse the saphenous vein. The accumulated blood reroutes into healthier leg veins, restoring optimal blood circulation to the heart.
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