6 Questions to Ask Your Vein Specialist Before Your First Appointment
If you’re experiencing painful, swollen varicose veins, scheduling an appointment with a vein specialist is a great first step in restoring the health of your legs. Asking the right questions in preparation for your first visit can help you better understand your condition and ensure you receive the best possible treatment. Below are 6 questions to ask your vein specialist before scheduling your first appointment.
1. Who will I meet with on my first visit?
Researching this upfront may save you time by limiting the number of required appointments. Many vein clinics offer an initial consultation with a tech or assistant, which then requires an additional appointment before you can receive an exam. At other vein centers, like Midwest Vein Center, patients meet with a Board-Certified physician and receive a thorough venous exam, diagnosis and treatment plan all before leaving the office.
2. Is there diagnostic ultrasound equipment on-site?
An accurate venous ultrasound is an essential part of properly diagnosing and treating varicose veins and venous insufficiency. However, not all vein clinics offer ultrasounds on-site. Some will give you a prescription for an ultrasound, which you’ll need to schedule off-site, and then return for a second appointment to discuss the results with the doctor.
A few vein centers, including Midwest Vein Center, have in-house ultrasound equipment and perform this step during the first visit for a complete and accurate diagnosis.
3. Does the vein clinic treat advanced medical issues like venous ulcers?
Reviewing this question before committing to your first appointment at a vein center may save you the hassle of jumping from once clinic to another. Chronic venous insufficiency, venous ulcers and other advanced medical conditions require specialized care and treatment that go beyond the cosmetic procedures offered by some vein clinics. If you are dealing with one of these advanced medical issues, schedule an appointment at a vein center that offers a thorough exam from a Board-Certified physician who can identify the underlying medical problems and develop a plan for achieving long-term relief.
4. Does the vein clinic treat spider veins?
Some vein clinics limit their practice to only treating certain types of veins, and exclude spider vein treatment because it requires more skill and expertise than treating larger veins. Paradoxically, it is harder to get good results from treating smaller veins than larger veins. Instead of dedicating themselves to the many years of practice that is required to truly master the technique of sclerotherapy for tiny spider veins, some vein centers will simply treat the easy-to-treat veins and ignore the harder-to-treat veins. We know this to be true because we see patients who have had this experience and they are sorely disappointed. Don’t let this happen to you! Seek out a vein center where the physicians are dedicated to treating all forms of venous disease, even the hard-to-treat spider veins.
5. How soon after vein treatment will my legs look better and when can I expect to see results?
After treatment at Midwest Vein Center, you will walk out of the office with healthier legs. However, keep in mind that it’s completely normal for the veins to initially appear more visible before they gradually start healing. Depending on your condition and treatment plan, multiple sessions or additional treatments may be recommended for eliminating persistent surface veins and achieving the desired results.
6. How quickly can I return to work/normal daily activities after treatment?
Based on the treatment you receive, you may have a few specific activity restrictions and limitations, but you should be able to return to work the next day as your comfort level allows.
In general, you will want to avoid strenuous exercise, standing in one place for extended periods of time, and other activities that make you uncomfortable. It is generally recommended to cut your regular exercise routine in half for a few days and then slowly work your way back up as you are able, but you should always consult with, and follow the advice of, your doctor.