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Top 10 things to consider when choosing a vein specialist - Charlotte, NC


Over the past couple of decades, things have come a long way in the diagnosis and treatment of vein problems.

A high percentage of the population keeps a smartphone within reach. People are highly informed, and a wealth of information is available at your fingertips.

This article will explore what is a vein specialist, and how to find the best vein center in your area.

Who are the best vein specialists near me?

There are multiple types of doctors who treat veins. A vein specialist is a doctor who has dedicated his or her career to the treatment of varicose veins and other vein problems. Knowing which type of doctor to choose can be confusing. This article will describe the top 10 key things you should consider when choosing a vein specialist, and help you find the best vein doctors in the Carolinas.

1. Training/Qualifications:

In the United States, different types of doctors manage varicose veins and perform vein procedures. It’s generally accepted that vascular surgeons are uniquely trained to diagnose and treat vein and vascular conditions. A vascular surgeon is a physician who has dedicated his/her career to become a vein and vascular specialist. Vascular surgeons receive specific and detailed training on the treatment of varicose veins and vein problems. A vascular surgeon fully understands vein problems and has been trained on the full spectrum of treatment options.

2. Experience:

It seems obvious, but above and beyond baseline training, you want to look for a vein specialist that has extensive experience. At Vascular Solutions, Dr. Peter Ford has personally treated thousands of patients with varicose veins and vein problems.

3. Skills:

When considering which vein specialist to select, it’s important to confirm that the physician you decide upon has the requisite skill-set, and has a range of options at their disposal. In the field of vein-care, there are often several reasonable options for treating vein problems. We recommend you verify the breadth of procedures that your treating vein specialist is trained on. Don’t be afraid to ask to review the pro's & cons (and alternatives) of each treatment option.

4. Focus on veins:

All other things being equal, it stands to reason that a vein clinic that's completely dedicated to veins is likely to deliver better outcomes than a multi-specialty practice, where attention and resources may be split between various conditions and disorders.

5. Judgment:

Admittedly, appraising the judgment of a physician is difficult. Having good judgment is essential for all physicians, but is critically essential for vein specialists. Given the wide age of patients affected by varicose veins and vein problems, the multitude of procedural options, and nuanced differences between various procedures, sound judgment, and clinical acumen is critical.

6. Reputation

You should seek a vein specialist who has a good reputation. In general, it’s best not to rely on a single source. Some options for online reputation reviews including Google and Healthgrades. In addition, seeking a recommendation about reputable vein specialists from your primary medical doctor is a good idea.

7. Commitment to excellence:

It makes sense to seek out a vein specialist that is committed to excellence. You should seek a practice that’s committed to getting you the best results and is also committed to advancing vein care in the community.

8. Location & accessibility:

Make sure the vein specialist you select practices at a location that is both geographically and physically accessible. Some people require several vein treatment procedures, and if each trip to and from the practice is time-consuming then this can become an issue. Look for a practice where there is adequate parking. An excellent online resource to help identify the location of the most appropriate vein practice is Google Maps.

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9. Easy appointment scheduling & communication:

Some people like to communicate using the phone, whereas many people prefer email, text, or online portals. It should be easy to contact the vein specialist's practice using your preferred communication tool. 

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10. Minimal wait times:

Medical practices are notorious for having long wait times. Let's face it, no one likes to wait. You should seek out a practice where you will get seen expeditiously.

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At Vascular Solutions, we pride ourselves on being the premier vein specialists in Charlotte. Dr. Ford is the best vein specialist in Charlotte.

We hope that you have found this information beneficial. We encourage you to consider these factors as you search for your preferred vein specialist.

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Peter Ford MD FACS RPVI Peter Ford, MD, FACS, RPVI, is a board certified vascular surgeon who works at Vascular Solutions in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Ford specializes in the management of varicose veins and venous disease.

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