5 Questions For Your Vein Doctor

Unfortunately, venous disease has become the playground for unscrupulous physicians. Florida has become a haven for manipulative doctors who prey on our natural fear of blood clots. All kinds of doctors many of whom have no vascular training market themselves as experts. Slick TV commercials and direct mail ads may fool you into seeking their advice. If you are contemplating treatment of your veins, then you must ask a few important questions. An ethical well trained doctor will welcome your questions and readily answer YES to #1, #2, and #3 BUT NO to #4 and #5.

1) Are you Board Certified in Vascular Surgery, Interventional Radiology, or Interventional Cardiology ?

The answer should be yes!

2) Do you have hospital privileges in one of the 3 specialties listed in question #1 ?

The answer should be yes!

3) Is your Vascular Lab (the place where the Doppler ultrasound of your legs is performed) certified by the IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission)?

The answer should be yes!

4) Do you recommend that I have 4, 5, or 6 separate LASER vein ablations for my varicose veins?

The answer should be NO!

5) Do you recommend that I have an ablation procedure for my spider veins?

The answer should be NO, NEVER!

If your doctor cannot answer these simple questions without "hemming and hawing" you need a second opinion!