Can Any Doctor Diagnose Vein Disease?

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When you choose a highly trained vein specialist, like Dr. Gamal Wazni of United Vein Centers, vein disease diagnosis and treatment can be done accurately and quickly. If you have unsightly, bulging veins, whether or not accompanied by pain and leg swelling, don’t hesitate to contact your nearest United Vein Centers location directly.

Your family doctor or primary care physician is perfectly qualified to diagnose your vein problem, but you may have an extra step in that case. You may then be referred to your local vein clinic for treatment. At the vein clinic, the most advanced and least invasive vein treatment is available to treat your condition. A vascular surgeon, like Dr. Wazni, treats vein problems from mild to severe, so don’t let the word surgeon put you off. Invasive surgery is typically not needed for most vein problems.

Which Type of Doctor Should Diagnose Vein Diseases?

You can initially be diagnosed by your primary physician, such as an internist or family doctor — or even your dermatologist, because skin changes may be a symptom of vein disease. However, if you suspect varicose veins or other vein problem, you might consider coming straight to your local Florida vein doctor. If you’ve already received a diagnosis, you should consider a vein clinic for the treatment phase to ensure that the most experienced surgeon and medical staff are at your service.

How is Vein Disease Diagnosed?

Diagnosing vein disease, including spider veins, varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and more, involves:

  • Identifying your specific vascular/circulatory condition
  • Uncovering the root cause of your circulatory problem
  • Evaluating the severity of your vascular problem
  • Ruling out additional health problems

At United Vein Centers, Dr. Wazni will:

  • Assess your medical history.
  • Conduct a physical exam.
  • Ask you to describe any symptoms, including pain (although vein problems may cause no noticeable symptoms, especially early on).
  • Evaluate your veins when you are standing and seated.
  • Dr. Wazni may use a Doppler ultrasound to map your blood flow and also help reveal any circulation problems or blood clots.

What is Doppler Ultrasound?

An ultrasound test is completely non-invasive and not at all painful. To begin, warming gel is placed on the skin, which prevents any air pockets between your body and the device that could affect the quality of the images. To generate these images, the vascular surgeon or a sonographer will run a handheld device over the legs. Moving images of the blood vessels then appear on a monitor. Ultrasound equipment emits uses sound waves from the transducer as it is passed over your legs or other body areas. The ultrasound device converts the sound waves into images that describe the leg circulation. Your vein doctor will use the images to check that the valves in your veins are functioning properly and search for any blockages.

Get Vein Treatment Tailored to Your Needs

Based upon the test results, your physical exam and medical history, your vascular surgeon will recommend treatment options designed to relieve your symptoms. Most treatments are minimally-invasive office procedures that can alleviate your symptoms and eliminate or reduce vein problems. You’ll also get information about breaking bad habits (like lack of exercise, smoking or unhealthy eating) to keep veins problems from growing worse. Simple treatments like compression stockings may also be prescribed to help treat your circulatory problems. In addition, your vein doctor has a wide selection of state-of-the-art treatments for vein conditions, whether they are mild or severe.

For a diagnosis or your vein disease and a customized treatment plan, contact United Vein Centers in Clearwater or Tampa today.