Question: What are the best ways to judge a doctor's qualifications for vein treatment? My veins are in horrible shape, and I was recently told that I would need 5 different ablation procedures and 6 Sclerotherapy appointments afterwards. I had my first VNUS procedure by a vein doctor in Gilbert on the greater saphenous vein, and when I returned for the follow-up ultrasound, I was informed that the vein did not close. Does this mean I should consider another doctor? I have met with one hospital-based practice and one vein clinic and I’m just not sure how to assess who is best qualified for these procedures.
Answer: Although uncommon (success rate is >96%), it is possible even with the most qualified provider, that thermal vein closure fails. Although disappointing, it does not necessarily mean that you need to find someone else. There is not a specific board that regulates just vein practices. However, there are organizations such as the American College of Phlebology and the American Venous Forum which guide most providers. Additionally, like all professions there are review sites. Finally, you will want to choose someone you are comfortable with and who addresses your concerns in a manner that suits you. Not all providers are created equally.