What kind of doctor specializes in veins?
What kind of doctor specializes in veins? If you’re looking for a doctor specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of vein conditions, you should look for phlebologists, also known as vein doctors, vein specialists, vein experts, vein physicians, or vascular doctors. Phlebology is the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of vein problems, so phlebologists are the physicians specializing in vein care.
Long Island Vein Centers is a group of state-of-the-art vein centers in Long Island led by some of the country’s leading vein doctors. We individually select vein doctors from the country’s best medical schools, residency programs, and fellowships. Our vein doctors also undergo a board certification process from the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, establishing them as the country’s top 1% of vein doctors.
Our state-of-the-art vein centers are located in West Islip, Jericho, and Hampton Bays. Depending on your location, you can find the vein center closest to your home or place of work. The following are the locations of our vein centers in Long Island:
- Our vein center on the south shore is located at 500 Montauk Highway, Suite G, West Islip.
- Our vein center on the north shore is located at 350 Jericho Turnpike Suite 1A, Jericho.
- Our vein center in Hamptons is located at 225 W Montauk Highway Suite 3, Hampton Bays.
Please schedule an appointment at your nearest vein center in Long Island.
How do you know if you have vein problems?
The signs and symptoms of vein problems aren’t always obvious. In fact, chronic venous insufficiency, the root cause of most vein problems, is one of the most underdiagnosed conditions because its symptoms resemble the signs of aging and exhaustion. The earliest signs and symptoms of vein disease include leg heaviness, restless leg syndrome, frequent leg cramps, and leg pain, especially at night or after long periods of sitting or standing still.
Spider veins are the most visible early signs of vein disease. When you notice dense clusters of damaged blood vessels or broken capillaries underneath your skin, you know you have some vein problems. If you don’t seek treatment, you may eventually develop large bulging varicose veins that protrude from the skin’s surface, looking like a mass of twisted and tangled ropes. Some advanced complications of vein disease include leg ulcers, skin discoloration, and deep vein thrombosis.
If you notice the aforementioned signs and symptoms, that’s a strong indication that you have vein problems.
Is a vascular doctor the same as a cardiologist?
Vascular doctors aren’t the same as cardiologists. Vascular doctors, also known as phlebologists, are concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of vascular conditions. And cardiologists are concerned with diagnosing and treating cardiovascular conditions. While cardiology is a different specialty than phlebology, cardiologists generally have a strong understanding of the circulatory system, so they make excellent vein doctors. As long as your vein doctor has specialized training in minimally invasive procedures and vascular imaging, you can consult them.
What can I expect from a vascular doctor?
We can’t speak for the vein treatment process at all vein treatment clinics — all vascular doctors follow a different process. But we can tell you what you expect from our board-certified vein doctors in Long Island. Our highly-skilled and experienced vein doctors follow a streamlined vein diagnosis and treatment process that addresses the root cause of your vein problems, ensuring consistent and long-lasting results. Instead of simply treating the visible problems, such as spider veins, we perform a thorough investigation to offer comprehensive care.
When you visit our vein centers in Long Island, expect a thorough diagnosis and treatment:
- Diagnosis: Our vein doctors will examine your leg veins, discuss your symptoms, review your medical history, and administer ultrasound diagnostic tests to diagnose the root cause of your vein problems.
- Treatment Plan: Our vein doctors will curate a personalized vein treatment plan based on your diagnostic results, symptoms, and goals. We will discuss all of your vein treatment options and give you all the information necessary to make an educated decision.
- Primary Vein Treatment: If you have chronic venous insufficiency, the vein doctor will perform endovenous laser ablation, radiofrequency ablation, or venaseal. These procedures use laser energy, thermal energy, or medical adhesives to destroy or seal the diseased saphenous vein, rerouting the accumulated blood into healthier veins.
- Cosmetic Vein Treatment: If you don’t have chronic venous insufficiency, the vein doctor will perform sclerotherapy or ambulatory phlebectomy for the superficial varicose veins and spider veins. These procedures will improve the appearance of your legs.
- Recovery: After your minimally invasive spider vein and varicose vein treatment, the vein doctor will discuss your aftercare guidelines. You will also have to wear compression stockings for a few days. You can resume most of your daily activities immediately.
How can I stop varicose veins from getting worse?
The following lifestyle changes can prevent vein disease from worsening:
- Compression Stockings: Wear compression stockings that apply pressure on your leg veins and push the accumulated blood towards the heart. Compression stockings also prevent blood from accumulating in the leg veins.
- Exercise: Engage in cardiovascular activities that improve blood circulation and push blood towards the heart. The best exercises for vascular health include running, swimming, cycling, and yoga. Avoid lifting heavy weights.
- Elevate Your Legs: Elevate your legs above your heart’s level to make some of the blood in your leg veins flow towards the heart, alleviating some of the symptoms of vein disease.