To PCP or not to PCP, that is the question. With apologies to Mr. Shakespeare, we think that is the question at hand, at least when it comes to the treatment of varicose veins. Many people ask whether or not their primary care physician or dermatologist should treat their painful veins. While patients should always stay in touch with their PCP and keep them apprised of all treatments, it is best to have a specialist treat varicose and spider veins.
Primary care physicians are on the front line of medicine and they are tasked with keeping you and your family healthy. Dermatologists are important for healthy skin. When you discuss your varicose veins with either of these physician practices, they should be referring you to a specialist. It is not a good idea to have your veins treated by a physician who does not specialize in vascular medicine, even if they offer sclerotherapy or other vein treatments.
Varicose veins are caused by incompetent valves in the vein. When they stop working, they stop pushing the blood back and forth in your veins, causing the blood to pool, or puddle, in the vein. A simple explanation, but that is basically what happens to cause varicose veins. Vascular surgeons spend years studying and becoming board certified to treat painful vascular conditions. Expert care involves an understanding of the body’s vascular system, one of the most important systems in the function of our bodies. Any physician who proposes to treat your veins needs to have years of experience and training in order for you to experience a safe and positive outcome.
You wouldn’t ask a podiatrist to clean your teeth, would you? Neither should you expect a physician of any specialty except a vascular surgeon to treat your veins. Vascular surgeons regularly practice the latest, minimally invasive treatments. They know how to map your veins, treat your veins, and care for you after the procedure.
If you need treatment for painful varicose veins, or unsightly spider veins, give us a call. We will make your legs beautiful, and pain free! Then, we will coordinate all the information about your care and treatment with your primary care physician and dermatologist so they can keep you well over the long term.