Dr. Craig Schwartz of Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz in Kansas City shares information on how to best choose a vein doctor in Kansas City, which has one of the largest concentrations of "vein specialists" in the Midwest.
If you are one of the millions of Americans that suffer with varicose or spider veins, you will find that there are many options for both treatment and doctor. However, anyone can say they are a “vein specialist”. The Kansas and Missouri boards of medicine allow any licensed physician to practice medicine and surgery, but they do not specify the scope of a doctor’s practice. As a result, there are many physicians who are “board certified” in other specialties and refer to themselves as “vein specialists”, but few of these providers are vascular surgeons or have extensive education or training, specifically, in vein disease.
First, vein disease is a VASCULAR problem, and, as such, VASCULAR Surgeons are uniquely trained and experienced to deal with all aspects of the problem, including the evaluation, treatment and post-procedural care. Because venous disease may involve the superficial or deep systems, lower or upper extremities, chest, abdomen or pelvis, comprehensive vascular knowledge and procedural skills are required for the vein specialist to treat the breadth of issues vein patients may present. Vascular surgeons are uniquely qualified to approach vein disease with a comprehensive view, and are not just focused on the obvious visible veins.
Second, credentials and experience matter. The training, background and experience of the vein doctor are important in obtaining quality results from your vein treatment. Along with being a board-certified vascular surgeon, a true vein expert should possess the following qualifications:
Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lympahtic Medicine and a member of the American Board of Phlebology, which was established in 2007 to improve the standards of medical care provided in the vein treatment industry.
Specialization in vein treatment, treating vein disease daily, not just once per week in-between non-related surgical cases.
Knowledge in treating the entire range of venous issues, such as, perforators, venous stasis ulcers, deep vein thrombosis – or clots – along with varicose and spider veins.
In-office diagnosis and treatment using state-of-the-art Duplex ultrasound laser treatment. You should never have to go to a hospital, or even a surgical center, anymore for vein treatment.
A staff with specific vein treatment related billing and insurance knowledge.
Dr. Schwartz is a triple-board certified vascular and general surgeon and has been diagnosing and treating vein disease in Kansas City since 2003. He is one of Kansas City’s “original vein doctors” and has performed over 12,000 vein procedures. Don’t trust your vein treatment to just any doctor!
Call for a free vein screening! 913-451-VEIN.