While the treatment of conditions like varicose veins, spider veins and venous ulcers has become virtually routine and presents few risks or complications, it’s still important for anyone seeking any of today’s methods of treatment to take the process seriously and do her or his due diligence in selecting the physician who will perform the procedure.
It’s always a good idea to do research in advance to learn as much as possible about your specific vein condition, and it’s generally wise to consider more than one vein treatment center before narrowing down your final choice.
When doing so, you can learn a lot about each provider by asking specific questions:
- Does your center treat my vein condition?
Not all vein issues are the same, and not every treatment center may be able to address your specific problem.
- What types of treatments do you offer for my condition?
For example, if you have varicose veins, does the provider in question offer both sclerotherapy and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy? Is the doctor you’re interviewing able to perform endovenous ablation as well as an ambulatory phlebectomy?
- What are the qualifications of the physician who would be performing my procedure?
Is he/she board certified? What are his/her professional affiliations and honors? How long has this physician been performing these procedures, and what is his/her track record?
- What are the risks and possible side effects of the treatment I’m considering?
Vein procedures are generally considered lower-risk treatment methods, but every surgical procedure involves some amount of risk. And what are the side-effects common to (or even remotely possible with) the type of treatment I’m looking into?
- What are my payment options?
Does the practice you’re considering accept your insurance coverage in cases of medical necessity? If the procedure you’re considering is for cosmetic purposes only, what are the total costs involved, and what payment options does the provider offer?
Dr. Jack Tarr of Vein Specialists of Tennessee has more than 30 years of experience treating patients in Knoxville and the surrounding East Tennessee area. Vein Specialists of Tennessee routinely treats varicose veins, spider veins, face veins, and venous ulcers through a spectrum of treatment options, including ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation and microsurgical ambulatory phlebectomy.