Dr. Stephen Bunker and his medical team will be at the KEYE Television studios on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. They will be discussing the various things patients should take into consideration when choosing a vein care specialist.
Watch for live interviews at 9:00 AM. Be sure to call into the phone bank during the news hour and schedule your complimentary consultation!
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What certifications should someone look for when choosing a vein care specialist?
In my opinion, a patient should look for a physician who is certified in diagnostic radiology. Diagnostic ultrasound is critical to determining the underlying source of your vein problem. Ultrasound allows the doctor to observe and measure the backward flow of blood, or venous reflux, through the vein and determine whether it is properly functioning. Interventional radiologists have extensive training in ultrasound technology. Doctors who are trained and experienced in ultrasound are better equipped to handle image-guided procedures, resulting in a smoother procedure experience for the patient.
What should someone look for when it comes to the evaluation of their veins?
A patient should make sure the vein care specialist is using duplex ultrasound to evaluate their veins. Duplex ultrasound provides the physician with a clear picture of the veins. This will then allow the physician to determine: direction of blood flow, condition of the veins, and valve function. Duplex ultrasound will help your physician pinpoint the source of the problem.
It’s also important that the physician’s practice treats only veins. Several different types of doctors are now offering vein treatment; however it is important to choose a physician who specializes in vein treatment exclusively. The venous system is multifaceted. A vein care specialist understands this complexity and is trained in the latest most effective procedures.
Do all vein care specialist accept insurance?
No. Unfortunately, not all physicians offering vein care treatment accept insurance. Vein disease is a medical condition and most insurance companies, including Medicare, will help cover the cost of treatment. However, rules and requirements vary from carrier to carrier. Make sure your vein care specialist’s office staff is knowledgeable on the subject, specifically with the rules for the conservative treatment pre-conditions that can develop over time.