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Best Varicose Vein Doctor
If you are reading this article, you are quite familiar with the appearance of varicose veins. These are diseased veins that are enlarged and twisted protruding from the skin. They span the whole range of asymptomatic to serious with untreated veins being at increased risks for DVT (deep vein thrombosis), bleeding and infection. Preventing long-term complications depends on early recognition and treatment measures.
The problem is often linked to one’s DNA and affects family members in high proportions. In fact, if one parent has a vein disease, there is a near 50% chance that offspring will also be affected. The condition results from high pressure from within veins due to normal activities like standing or sitting as blood pools in the legs due to gravity. Unlike the deep veins that are supported by the muscles within our legs, the superficial veins that cause varicose veins will stretch from this pressure. Over time, these vein walls can become weakened and start to develop reflux or venous insufficiency.
Venous insufficiency is more common in individuals who sit or stand for prolonged periods, increasing age, females, obesity, and most importantly patients with a family history.
Treatment is essential if you are experiencing symptoms such as leg pain, leg swelling, skin discoloration or restless legs. The treatment can be as simple as appropriate lifestyle changes and compression stockings. In some cases, additional treatments may be warranted and should only be done by a trusted vascular specialist with experience in vein disease.
Board Certified Vascular Specialist
Varicose vein doctors near me is a popular search term, however, one should be aware of false advertisements and promises of the “best vein doctor.” To find the right vein specialists, it is important to be smart and informed.
The most important consideration is board-certification in a vascular specialty. By all means, this does not mean that every vascular surgeon is the best at treating vein disease. In fact, there are plenty of well-trained vein doctors with board-certifications in various specialties other than vascular surgery.
We recommend that a true vein specialist will have completed a formal training program of residency or fellowship with endovascular training. These training programs include vascular surgery, invasive cardiology and interventional radiology. Board-certification in these fields indicates not only the completion of years of extensive training, but also recognition by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Board-certifications in other specialties is valuable (including internal medicine, pain management, phlebology), however, they do not indicate any formal training in vein procedures.
Is the Vein Doctor Here to See Me?
Patients are becoming accustomed to the one-stop, do it all facilities. This is most common at medical spas run by family medicine, internal medicine and in some cases even pediatricians. Even worse, medical spas will offer treatments like menu items without any proper evaluation prior to treatment. This is not ideal for treating vein disease.
Our vein specialists are present for every consultation and not only review your history, but take the time to ask proper questions about your medical history. They will also learn about your symptoms and goals for treatment. Most importantly, they will perform a thorough physical examination to determine the extent of vein disease and plan proper treatments. A vein doctor has multiple tools to treat vein disease and will make sure your treatment is tailored to your condition. To do so, the vein doctor will consider a vein ultrasound to check for any underlying venous insufficiency.
The bottom line, if you are not being fully seen by the treating vein specialist during your consultation, then you need to consider better options.
Minimally Invasive Varicose Veins Treatments
The most surprising fact to many patients seeking varicose vein removal is that surgery is not needed. Many patients recall stories about their parents undergoing extensive vein stripping procedures with painful and extended recovery periods. Those days are long gone. Instead, today’s procedures are minimally-invasive and suited for all types of vein conditions.
These minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins include:
- VenaSeal: Like most other vein treatments today, VenaSeal is also catheter-based technology. However, unlike ablation, the catheter is used to inject a medical adhesive that fuses the diseased vein closed. Over time, the vein is resorbed by the body.
- Radiofrequency ablation: Catheter-based technology that delivers radiofrequency generated heat to the blood vessel walls. The procedure is done with only small amounts of local anesthetic and can be completed in less than 30 minutes.
- Sclerotherapy: A medicated solution is injected in either liquid or aerated form (foam sclerotherapy). This medication acts as a sclerosant and disrupts the walls of diseased veins causing them to collapse and eventually be absorbed.
- Varithena: Similar to foam sclerotherapy, however, it is formulated with special air mixtures resulting in much more uniform medication. The injection is performed on both medium and large sized veins.
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy: This requires the most skill and patience, but still is minimally invasive. Tiny incisions are made over large, protuberant veins so that they can be directly removed. Unlike stripping, these procedures are done within the office and patients do not require any downtime. The best part, any large visible varicose veins are immediately removed leading to dramatic skin improvements.
- Clarivein: Another catheter-based technique with some special uses in certain varicose vein anatomy. In this case, mechanical force and sclerosant are used to eliminate diseased veins.
Why Princeton Vascular Center?
The Princeton Vascular Center offers modern varicose vein treatment only in the hands of the best vein specialists in the country. Our doctors can be trusted to have completed formalized vascular training programs and have years of prior experience in treating vein disease. Most importantly, all our doctors have board-certifications in either vascular surgery or cardiovascular disease.
With our multiple locations, you can rest assured that you can find the best vein doctor for your care anywhere in New Jersey. For more information, please schedule your spider vein and varicose vein consultation today.