Talking to Your Doctor
You may not remember everything you want to ask your doctor. You may find it helpful to write down questions prior to your appointment. When you do get answers to your questions, write them down, too. That way, when you get home, you won’t forget and you will be better equipped to answer questions that your family may have. Keep track of how you are feeling and any changes you notice so you can inform your doctor. By staying organized, you are helping yourself remain in control.
Choosing Your Vein Doctor
When picking your doctor, it is important to make sure you are asking the right questions. Here are eight questions you should ask before choosing a doctor:
1. What type of board certification/qualification does the doctor hold in regards to interpreting and performing ultrasound?
- Diagnostic ultrasound evaluation is a one of the most crucial components in determining the etiology and source of your vein problem. Ultrasound gives the the doctor not only visible evidence of abnormal vein function, but is also used to quantify the severity. Using ultrasound, doctors are able to see how the vein is functioning and to measure the backward flow of blood (reflux) through the vein.
- Duplex ultrasound provides the doctor with a picture of what’s happening with the deep and superficial veins. Duplex can also measure flow direction and velocity to identify how fast or slow blood flowing and if in the correct direction.
- Interventional radiologists receive extensive ultrasound training and are held to the highest national standards both in diagnostic ultrasound and vascular ultrasound. Many vascular ultrasound technicians are often trained by a radiologist or interventional radiologist. Many doctors that are not formally trained in ultrasound need to get their RVT or RPVI certification because their medical training did not include adequate ultrasound training.
- Interventional Radiologists are trained and ultra-skilled in all facets of ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedures. Therefore they are more adept at procedures that require ultrasound, such as minimally invasive vein procedures (such as radiofrequency ablation) making for a much smoother and safer procedure experience.
- Precision’s doctors are board-certified Vascular and Interventional Radiologists.
2. Does your doctor function in an environment with a full service ultrasound lab?
Ultrasound is a critical component in the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of vein disease. It is important to find a clinic that has a full service in-house ultrasound lab. Otherwise you will be stuck with a follow-up appointment somewhere else, or going to multiple appointments just to get worked up. Fortunately, Precision has a full service in-house vascular ultrasound lab.
3. In what settings are the procedures performed and how comfortable is your doctor in each setting?
Doctors skilled in minimally invasive vein treatments will perform almost every procedure in the office or an outpatient facility. Precision’s doctors will be able to determine the best and safest location for your procedure to be performed, with maximizing efficiency and safety in mind. Generally, the procedures are safely and effectively performed in the comfort and convenience of a our outpatient office.
4. Is your doctor a true vascular and vein specialist?
You want a doctor who is an expert in vein disease, vein care and vein treatments. A vein specialist will be a doctor that understands the complexity and anatomy of the venous system and is trained and qualified in the latest, most effective procedures. Many different types of doctors are dabblers in vein treatment, but they are far from experts.
5. What type of anesthesia is used and how am I made comfortable during procedures?
At Precision, we tailor the anesthesia based on patient safety, comfort and maximum effectiveness. A doctor who is skilled in vein treatments can comfortably perform procedures in the office with any type of anesthesia from a local anesthetic and oral sedation to IV sedation or general anesthesia..
6. What technology does the doctor use to close the veins?
Research has proven that radio-frequency energy is superior to laser in terms of faster recovery, as well as being proven to be less painful. At Precision, we are adept at both modalities, but use radio-frequency energy almost exclusively for superior patient comfort and safety.
At Precision, we also offer Clarivein treatment which treats the vein disease without the use of laser or RF energy and is a truly a pain-free option for qualified patients..
7. Is the office informed about all insurance policies regarding coverage of varicose vein and other related vein treatments?
• Private insurances and Medicare/Medicaid cover most vein treatments because vein disease is a true medical condition. Left untreated, the condition can lead to more serious and costly medical problems. The rules and requirements vary from carrier to carrier and from year to year. At Precision, our office staff stays knowledgeable on all aspects of vein care, including current insurance coverage policies.
8. After evaluation and treatment, is there a follow-up plan for me?
• Vein disease can be a chronic issue or may require vigilant follow-up before and after treatment. Be sure the doctor requires regular post-procedure follow-ups and vein health check-ups on a regular basis.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are suffering from a vein disorder, the expert doctors at Precision VIR can help. During your first consultation we will help you identify the best treatment for your condition. To schedule an appointment please call us at 214-382-3200 or complete the form below.
Precision VIR serves the DFW area including Dallas, Fort Worth, Carrollton, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Highland Park, University Park, Park Cities, Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Denton, Arlington, Irving, Grand Prairie and all of North Texas.
This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Prior to starting any new treatment or questions regarding a medical condition, always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider.