Vein treatments today typically offer very good results. These procedures are much better than the surgical procedures of the past, boasting high success rates with minimal discomfort and downtime involved. However, mistakes can happen during the assessment and treatment of vein disorders that can impact the effectiveness of your procedure. To protect yourself, it is a good idea to learn what these mistakes are and how to prevent them when you seek your own vein treatment.
Failing to Take Vein Disease Seriously
Unfortunately, many doctors that do not specialize in vein diseases fail to take these disorders seriously. If your physician brushes your concerns off as a “cosmetic” issue or a “normal” byproduct of aging, seek another opinion. While some visible veins are indeed mostly cosmetic, others can be a visible sign of an underlying condition that will only worsen if it is left unchecked. The only way to know the difference is to do a full vein evaluation that will pinpoint the source of the problem.
Incomplete Assessment of Vein Disorder
When you do schedule a vein assessment, select a physician with state-of-the-art ultrasound technology that can provide the best information about the blood flow inside the vessels. It is best to find a physician that does their own examinations, rather than outsourcing the job to a radiology clinic. This ensures the test is properly done, the results are accurately determined and the best treatment will be recommended.
Treating the Wrong Veins
Physicians that do not specialize in vein treatments may focus on treating the visible veins first, without determining whether underlying “feeder” veins also need to be eradicated. Unfortunately, if just the visible veins are treated, they are likely to return over time since the underlying problem continues to exist. An experienced vein specialist will know to check all the veins in the affected area so the appropriate veins are addressed.
Using the Wrong Treatment
There are any number of vein treatments available today, allowing physicians to tailor the treatment to the specific needs of each patient. Unfortunately, this also means inexperienced physicians might offer the wrong treatment for a specific condition, which will not prove as effective for the patient.
It is particularly important to watch out for physicians that want to perform a more invasive surgical procedure, rather than one of the less invasive procedures available today. In addition to involving more discomfort and downtime, surgical procedures are not generally as effective as the less invasive procedures available today.
Failure to Follow Up after Treatment
Even effective treatments need to be followed up to ensure they worked as they were supposed to. Experienced vein doctors always schedule a follow-up appointment with a patient to ensure the procedure was effective and there were no side effects associated with the procedure. At this appointment, the physician is also likely to give the patient advice on steps they might take to prevent future varicose veins from forming. The follow-up is a crucial part of the entire vein treatment process.