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Do you suffer from an increasing number of spider veins on the legs? Have you noticed that your legs feel more tired or swell at the end of the day? Spider veins may only be cosmetic, but those symptoms tell a different story and should be evaluated by a vein doctor for venous insufficiency.
So while spider veins can be displeasing, it’s those symptoms that should have you more concerned. Untreated venous disease is not only associated with increasing spider and varicose veins, but also greater health concerns like DVT, leg swelling, leg ulcerations, and skin discoloration. It’s for this reason that even simple spider veins should not be ignored and a consultation with a trusted vein clinic should be sought.
Spider vein treatment requires not only a technical skill to treat very fine veins, but also a thorough understanding of what might be causing the problem. Medical spas are quite often staffed by such technical practitioners and while many of these clinics do a fine job at treating spider veins, they do not address the underlying cause. As a result, it’s not too uncommon to see patients in our vein clinic seeking second opinions for sclerotherapy or laser treatment for spider veins after prior failed therapies.
But how do you identify the true vein specialist? What differentiates the best spider vein doctors from other treating physicians? In this article, we discuss the merits of the best spider vein doctor.
Board Certified Vein Doctor
Vein doctors are phlebologists and unfortunately, there is no formally recognized board-certification to practice as a vein specialist. As such, you should evaluate the prior training of your vein doctor and whether or not they received formal vascular training during their residency or fellowship. Next, see if they obtained their board-certification in a vascular field (interventional cardiology, vascular surgery, or interventional radiology). This guarantees that they have passed the rigorous requirements of their field and are recognized for their achievements. The key point is to not just focus on board-certification, but in what category was that achievement recognized and does it relate to the treatment of spider veins.
A Thorough Examination Before Spider Veins Treatment
A comprehensive history and physical examination by the treating vein doctor is a must. In many low quality, high volume centers, the vein doctor is not present for a large part of your initial consultation. This should be a red flag. It is our recommendation that any tests or treatments should be ordered only after a full assessment of your condition by a qualified vein specialist.
A vein clinic should appropriately recommend a duplex ultrasound to measure the flow of blood in your veins when symptoms are present. Without these test results, spider vein removal procedures can be a haphazard experiment and wasted dollars..
Having a vein ultrasound will help your vein specialists plan treatments accordingly for maximum cosmetic effect and relief from symptoms.
Today represents a new age in vein treatment. The days of invasive procedures like vein stripping and ligation are gone. In their place, vein doctors use minimally-invasive techniques like ablation and microphlebectomy to treat complex vein disease. These procedures are fast, effective and virtually pain-free. Best yet, there is no need for any downtime after the procedure. With this in mind, it is absolutely essential to only consider spider vein doctors capable with minimally-invasive treatments. Here is a review of our favorite techniques:
Sclerotherapy is still the best procedure to treat spider veins and forms the cornerstone of treatment. The procedure is done in the office by a trained vein doctor using a medication solution that is directly injected into undesirable veins.
This procedure, however, only treats visible spider veins and not the underlying venous insufficiency.
Radiofrequency ablation is the gold standard for treating the underlying cause of spider veins.
In this procedure, the vein doctor inserts a catheter through the skin and into the diseased feeder vein. Once the catheter is appropriately positioned, the vein doctor turns the heat source on which collapses the vein walls. The treated vein is removed from the circulation and blood reroutes to healthier veins.
Endovenous Laser Ablation
Endovenous laser ablation is very similar to radiofrequency ablation but uses laser energy as its heat source. The vein doctor again inserts the catheter into the diseased feeder vein that is collapsed using a laser source. Healthier circulation results after the diseased vein is absorbed naturally by the body.
VenaSeal is a new innovation in the treatment of varicose veins using medical glue to close down the diseased vein. The vein doctor inserts a catheter into the vein, but in place of a heat source, the catheter is used to deposit a safe medical adhesive that fuses the vein walls together. Blood is subsequently rerouted from the diseased vein to healthier veins and improves circulation.
Where to Treat Spider Veins?
If you are searching for treatment spider veins, you should consider the Princeton Vascular Center. Our team is comprised of vascular trained, board-certified vein doctors using the latest technologies to diagnose and treat spider veins. For more information, please schedule an appointment with the best vein doctor today.