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.