What is a Vein Specialist?
It seems everyone from primary care doctors to vascular surgeons, and medical professionals from many backgrounds now promote the treatment of varicose veins. Varicose or spider veins represent a chronic medical condition that progresses if left untreated. Varicose veins can lead to complications such as blood clots, skin changes, leg swelling, venous ulcers and bleeding.
So how can you know if your vein specialist is an expert in the treatment of venous disease? This article will help you identify the vein specialists best qualified to evaluate and treat your vein disease.
What is a Vein Specialist?
A vascular specialist, or phlebologist, is board certified in general surgery and then completes additional training and testing in vascular surgery. They are a specialist who can diagnose and manage disorders that affect the arteries, veins and lymphatic systems. Traditionally, the treatment of vein disease was performed by general surgeons. Over the past 50 years, dermatologists, vascular surgeons and specialists from other disciplines have entered the field.
Most phlebologists enter the field by becoming board certified in the speciality in which they trained, and then through added credentials, post graduate continuing medical education and specialty training in phlebology. Upon demonstration of continuing education and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of vein and lymphatic disease, physicians can complete a rigorous examination that designates them as Diplomates of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.
The Benefits of Seeing a Vein Specialist
These medical professionals are specially trained to spot underlying vein disease and varicose vein complications right away. With early diagnosis and interventions, preventive measures may be provided to slow disease progression, and help your legs look and feel better while reducing the risks of complications and improving your quality of life.
If treatment is necessary, a qualified vascular doctor will have several minimally invasive techniques at their disposal. These procedures are quick and effective, and can be performed right in your vascular doctor’s office. Healing time is minimal, and the result is not only more attractive legs, but also improved circulation.
How Do I Know If My Doctor Is A Vein Specialist?
Like any medical specialists, when choosing your vein specialist it is important to do your research and ask questions. Some questions to consider are:
- What is their training and background?
- What is their experience in vein care?
- In what field is their primary training and board certification?
- Are they diplomates of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine?
- What do previous clients have to say?
- What other professional organizations is the doctor a member of?
When it comes to your vein care, it’s important to do your research to make sure that your provider is a vein specialist or phlebologist. While your general practitioner can help you with a variety of common illnesses, proper vein disease treatment requires specialized diagnoses and treatment in order to obtain the best results.
Why Choose Elmore Medical?
Dr. Mario Gonzalez and his team at Elmore Medical are the premier vein specialty medical practice in Fresno and in the entire Central Valley of California. No other vein center can offer you the years of experience, the courteous professionalism, and the medical expertise that is available at Elmore Medical Vein & Laser Treatment Center. Contact us today to set up a consultation appointment.