What type of doctor will treat my varicose veins?

Nasser A. Chaudhry, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
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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Gabriel P. Lasala, MD
Interventional Cardiology
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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Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

Large twisted blue or purplish veins visible at the skins surface are known as varicose veins. Any vein in your body can become varicose but it usually occurs in the legs and feet due to the pressure the lower body endures to keep ...

your body upright. It is caused by the weakening of the valves and veins in your legs. Varicose veins are usually hereditary. We are also more prone to get varicose veins as we age. Symptoms include itching, burning, throbbing or cramping in the legs and around the veins. Self-care measures such as exercising, elevating your legs, and wearing compression stockings are used to ease the pain and prevent varicose veins from getting worse. If these measures dont work, see your doctor to discuss medical treatments that are available to close or remove varicose veins.

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