What type of doctor will treat my varicose veins?

Doctors who practice phlebology are the specialists who treat varicose veins. These specialists may include family practitioners, internists, dermatologists, radiologists, cardiologists and general and vascular surgeons. Cardiologists are uniquely qualified to treat varicose veins, as cardiologists are uniquely qualified to do catheter-based procedures. Many of the treatments for venous insufficiency involve catheter-based techniques.

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A cardiologist who has been trained in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease can treat your varicose veins. Dermatologists can treat the cosmetic concerns, but this is not treating the underlying problem.

Your general doctor may diagnose your varicose veins and give you a recommendation to see a vascular specialist for treatment. These specialists most commonly are doctors from the following specialties: interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons, dermatologists or plastic surgeons.

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