What kind of doctor treats veins?

If you’re suffering from varicose veins and spider veins, you may want to find the right medical specialist for your vein problems. The official terminology for a doctor who treats veins is “phlebologist,” i.e., a doctor specializing in phlebology, the branch of medicine concerned with vein treatments. Phlebologists, also known as vein doctors or vein specialists, undergo advanced training in the identification, diagnosis, and treatment of vascular conditions, such as spider veins, varicose veins, and chronic venous insufficiency.

Long Island Vein Center is led by some of the best board-certified vein doctors in the country. Our vein doctors have undergone specialized training in vascular imaging and endovascular procedures for spider veins and varicose veins, including the latest minimally invasive spider vein and varicose vein treatments. Furthermore, our vein doctors undergo board certification from the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine to establish themselves as the country’s leading vein experts.

You can find our board-certified vein doctors on the south shore, north shore, and the Hamptons in Long Island. Our vein centers are located in West Islip (500 Montauk Highway, Suite G), Jericho (350 Jericho Turnpike Suite 1A), and Hampton Bays (225 W Montauk Highway Suite 3). Please schedule an appointment at your nearest state-of-the-art spider vein and varicose vein center in Long Island.

What kind of doctor treats veins? What can get rid of varicose veins? How do you know if you have vein problems? We answer your questions about vein doctors and vein centers in Long Island.

Why are veins popping out on my legs?

If veins are popping out on your legs, you probably have varicose veins. The continued accumulation of blood in leg veins because of underlying vein disease may lead to vascular dilation and the formation of bulging leg veins. Varicose veins are damaged blood vessels that protrude from your skin’s surface in a twisted, tangled, and knotted rope-like form, sort of resembling dense tree branches on the legs. The primary root cause of varicose veins is chronic venous insufficiency, a dangerous circulatory disorder caused by collapsed vein valves.

When your vein valves malfunction or collapse, gravity forces blood to flow backward and accumulate in the leg veins. The continued accumulation of blood in leg veins eventually leads to vascular dilation and the appearance of dense varicose veins popping out on the legs. As more blood accumulates in the leg veins, the varicose veins will continue dilating and expanding. You may also develop new varicose veins and other symptoms and complications of vein disease, such as leg swelling, leg ulcers, and deep vein thrombosis.

You must contact a vein doctor in Long Island if you notice bulging leg veins.

What can get rid of varicose veins?

The only way to get rid of varicose veins is through minimally invasive spider vein and varicose vein treatments. Your vein doctor will carefully examine your leg veins, review your medical history, discuss your goals, and determine the likelihood of underlying vein disease. The vein doctor will also administer comprehensive ultrasound diagnostic tests to visualize the direction of blood flow in your leg veins, following which they will curate a personalized vein treatment plan. If you have underlying vein disease, your vein doctor must treat the root cause before focusing on the superficial varicose veins.

Some of the best minimally invasive treatments for vein disease include endovenous laser ablation, radiofrequency ablation, and venaseal. During these procedures, the vein doctor uses thermal energy, laser energy, or medical-grade adhesives to collapse or seal the diseased vein’s walls, which reroutes the accumulated blood into healthier leg veins. After the primary vein treatment, the vein doctor may perform an ambulatory phlebectomy for the superficial varicose veins. During ambulatory phlebectomy, the vein doctor makes small incisions on the skin’s surface to manually extract the superficial varicose veins. The incision marks soon heal and fade away.

The only way to remove varicose veins permanently is through minimally invasive procedures that address the root cause of the problem. Treating varicose veins without addressing the root cause is a recipe for disaster — the varicose veins will inevitably return.

How do you know if you have vein problems?

Spider veins and varicose veins are the clearest and most visible signs of vein problems. But you can generally tell if you have vein problems a lot before developing spider veins. At the earliest stages of chronic venous insufficiency, you may experience frequent leg cramps, restless leg syndrome, leg pain, leg discomfort, and leg heaviness. If the symptoms worsen at the end of the day or after long periods of sitting or standing still, that’s a pretty clear sign that you may have underlying vein disease.

If you have underlying chronic venous insufficiency, your legs might feel heavy and tired, you may experience leg swelling, and you may have the constant urge to move and shake your legs. You may also experience frequent leg muscle cramps. If the general discomfort in your legs persists for several weeks and escalates at night or after long periods of inactivity, you should definitely contact your vein doctor in Long Island.

Our state-of-the-art vein centers in Long Island are led by highly-skilled and board-certified vein doctors who specialize in the latest minimally invasive spider vein and varicose vein treatments. Please schedule an appointment at your nearest vein center in Long Island — we offer free insurance verification for all!