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Endovascular Today Issue

How to decide on the best vein treatment clinic?

As you are searching your options for treatment, an important question to ask your provider is 

  • What kind of formal training did they receive for vascular disease?  Ensure they have received at least a specialization.
  • Was vein training a part of their residency or fellowship education? This is the only recognized way to obtain board certification for management of vascular disease.

We hope that while you have many options for your vein treatments, the Princeton Vascular Center will stand-out as providing the highest standard of vein care. Our vein treatments can often be covered by medical insurance.

Not all vein specialists are vascular surgeons

Due to the loose definitions of vein specialists, several specialities without formal training in vascular disease offer vein treatments as a part of their practice. This can be from cosmetic to surgical and the looseness of terms has led to a general misunderstanding of the medical specialty. The issue was highlighted in Endovascular Today —The Problem of Endovenous Over-ablation and Insufficiently Trained Operators.

Vein Treatment involves a surgical procedure and should be performed by a trained specialist. Vascular surgeons are fully trained in surgical principals and patient care, therefore they can address almost any issue. Vascular surgery is the only specialty recognized by the American Board of Specialties in which the treatment of venous insufficiency is part of the curriculum. 

While technology has improved drastically and veins are no longer treated within the operating room with ‘vein stripping’, these procedures still require expertise. It is important to remember that while new, minimally invasive techniques such as ablation and sclerotherapy are preferred, not all patients will benefit from simply using these tools alone. This type of judgement comes with the training of a vascular surgeon. 

Vascular surgeons vs Vein Specialists

Vascular surgeons fall within the umbrella of medical doctors. There are currently two different pathways to becoming a board-certified vascular surgeon. Each pathway is a rigorous education in all aspects of arterial, venous and lymphatic disease. They study in medical school for 4 years. Then, the most common pathway involves residency training as a general surgeon for 5 years with electives in vascular surgery. This training is followed by a dedicated fellowship in vascular surgery for 2 years. 

At the completion of either training pathway, the trainee takes the written and oral vascular surgery boards. Having been board certified, vascular surgeons are given recognition as experts of vein disease and can manage these conditions through medical therapy, minimally invasive techniques or when the situation warrants–traditional surgery.

Unlike all other specialties, training in varicose vein disease is part of the formal education of a vascular surgeon. The intensity and breadth of that training cannot be over emphasized when it comes to deciding the right expert for your vein treatment plan. 

Vein Specialist is used to refer to a multiple of medical specialties, primarily cardiologists– check out our cardiologist of the house, Dr. Siddiqi. Cardiologists undergo a specialized and sophisticated residency training in order to receive Board Certification. Dr. Siddiqi has trained specifically to become a Varicose Vein specialist.  

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