Spider veins, varicose veins and other vascular conditions may not both some people; however, the appearance can be distressing and sometimes these conditions do require treatment. When that happens, the patient is faced with the need to choose a vascular surgeon. In Tampa, Florida, Dr. Gamal Wazni of United Vein Centers is the premier choice for any type of vein treatment or vascular surgery.
What’s a Vascular Surgeon?
Although the term vein doctor can include other specialties like radiology and cardiology, a vascular surgeon is a member of a specific specialty focused on the surgical treatment of blood vessel disease. All vascular surgeons are trained as either doctors of medicine (MD) or doctors of osteopathy (DO). They attend medical school, complete residency training and may go on for extended specialty training in a fellowship. Vascular surgeons spend a minimum of five years in a surgical residency and an additional two-year training in vascular surgery. They must be licensed to practice and most are also board-certified.
What Do Vascular Surgeons Do?
Vascular surgeons are experts in the surgical care of blood vessels and lymph channels in the body, with the exception of those inside the head and heart. They provide surgical treatment, endovascular (procedures performed with tools, devices or medications inserted into blood vessels) and overall management of blood vessel and lymphatic problems. They also deal with traumatic injuries, inflammatory conditions and critical care of vascular patients. A vascular surgeon might repair a torn blood vessel after an automobile accident, graft a new blood vessel if one is damaged or permanently blocked, or perform in-office procedures like sclerotherapy to treat small varicose veins.
Choosing a Vascular Surgeon
If you are unsure of whether you need a vascular surgeon or another kind of specialist, discuss the issue with your family doctor. Confirm that the surgeon you are considering has been properly trained (medical school, general surgical residency and vascular surgery residency). Much of this information is available online. When you talk to the surgeon you are considering, ask about experience; like any technical skill, surgery requires many repetitions. Assess how well your personalities fit, whether the doctor answer questions in a way you can understand and gives you the opportunity to participate in decisions about your care.
Why Choose Dr. Wazni and United Vein Center?
Dr. Wazni meets all of the basic qualifications you would expect in a vascular surgeon: he graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan. He has over 10 years’ experience in the field. He is board-certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. Dr. Wazni excels in the provision of endovenous laser treatment for spider and varicose veins and in ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, visual sclerotherapy and ambulatory phlebectomy procedures.