When it comes to seeking treatment for your varicose veins or spider veins, the good news is that you have a choice. The not-so-good news is that it may be difficult to know what to consider when making that choice. In the past decade there has been a steady proliferation of vein clinics throughout the country. No doubt the business of varicose vein treatment has become a competitive affair.
Look for a plan, not a false promise
Advertising of vein clinics can sometimes be as confusing as it is helpful. Don’t fall for bogus advertisements from clinics that claim their treatments are “unique” or “permanent.” While those claims may be tempting, they may not be legitimate.
The best vein clinic will use a precise diagnostic ultrasound procedure—known as duplex vein scanning—to determine the exact condition of your vein dysfunction. This helps your doctor determine the best course of treatment which, in turn, leads to a much higher success rate of restoring your healthy legs. Your physician should also take the time to talk with you about your expectations and educate you on your options.
Ask Who’s Who
Choose vein clinics that are staffed by physicians who have fellowship training in vascular specific specialties. Make sure that your vein specialist is a vascular surgeon—they have the training, expertise, and hands-on skill to perform procedures optimally. Choosing a vein clinic staffed with vascular surgeons who can perform a variety of procedures is crucial to the successful outcome of your varicose vein treatment.
In addition, a vein clinic should offer staff members who are dedicated to helping with your insurance needs. Choose a clinic that will communicate with your insurance carrier to help you receive optimum coverage, not a clinic that leaves it all up to you.
Look at the treatment options offered
Varicose vein disease is complex, and not all abnormal veins are the same. What someone else may require for treatment may not be the right choice for you. The vascular specialists in top vein clinics should have a number of up-to-date treatment options to consider in determining the best course for you, depending on the severity and the location of your abnormal veins.
Thankfully, the newer high-tech treatment techniques of the past decade have eliminated painful procedures such as vein stripping. Look for a clinic that offers minimally invasive treatments called sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, endovenous laser therapy, and radiofrequency ablation endovenous therapy. Your vein specialist may recommend one of these treatments, or a combination based on your situation.
Premier Vein Clinics of Knoxville is committed to making your treatment comfortable while achieving the best possible outcomes. We are conveniently located in our new facility at 6408 Papermill Drive, off exit 383. If your procedure is already scheduled we look forward to serving you and if not, schedule your initial consultation today.