We know there are lots of places you can go to have your veins evaluated. How do you know which one is right for you? Let me try to explain it using the anatomy of the venous system.
There are four different levels of veins in the body.
1. Very tiny capillary veins in the skin that can become spider veins
2. Slightly larger veins beneath the skin that become bulging varicose veins
3. Larger veins in the fatty layer just outside the muscle layer called superficial veins
4. Major large veins inside the muscles that run with the arteries and go directly back to the heart.
There are millions and millions of tiny veins. As they drain into one another and get larger and larger, they go deeper into the body. They continue joining and get bigger in size and fewer in number.
This mimics how vein treatment is found.
The first level practitioner treats only the tiniest of spider veins. This is considered only a cosmetic issue and any association with other leg symptoms will not be addressed or investigated. It is a cash service.
These can be medical spas, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, vascular and general surgeons, even family physicians. Most will have a technician using a laser.
The next level of vein practice goes a little further and treats the spider and varicose veins and the superficial veins and problems that may arise from them such as pain, phlebitis, swelling and even venous ulcers.
They may label themselves as a vein center or specialist. The physicians may treat only veins or also practice mainly in dermatology, radiology, and vascular surgery, or be from any other medical specialty. Usually once your procedures are completed so are you. They do not continue to provide monitoring or care for chronic venous insufficiency, venous ulcers, lymphedema or DVT.
The third level treats deep veins of the legs and pelvis. They don’t usually do much of the more common superficial vein work. They usually focus on the most critical stuff like an acute blood clot, a total vein blockage. Most of their work is done in the hospital. These are most often vascular surgeons who mostly do arterial surgery, or interventional radiologists who do other radiological procedures
The final level is the practice that takes care of every vein problem you have from beginning to end: spider veins, varicose veins, Phlebitis, DVT, venous ulcer, superficial veins, deep veins, pelvic vein, pelvic congestion syndrome, May-Thurner syndrome, Nutcracker syndrome, and lymphedema.
That’s Vein Specialists of the Carolina’s
How do you know which vein doctor is right for you?
I know there are lots of places you can go to have your veins evaluated. I appreciate your interest in my practice.
At Vein Specialists of the Carolinas “all we do is veins all day every day”
Many practices that treat veins do so as only a part of their practice. The other part may be General surgery, Vascular surgery, Cardiology, Radiology, Dermatology, or combined with Medical Spa services.
At Vein Specialists of the Carolinas we treat the entire patient and the entire vein problem for as long as you need us.
Some “vein practices” only offer a limited choice of procedures and only take care of your problem until there are no more procedures they can offer
At Vein Specialists of the Carolinas we treat ALL veins
Most “Vein Practices”, even those that treat only veins, will treat only part of the venous system.
This part is called the superficial venous system. It is outside the muscle layer, in the fat and skin. It only carries about 10% of the blood out of the legs. The main thing that goes wrong is called venous reflux which is broken one way valves.
There is also a deep venous system which is the critical main part. The deep veins can be the problem alone or in combination with the superficial system. There can be reflux and/or obstruction of the veins.
Furthermore, the deep system goes up through the pelvis and abdomen to the heart. The veins in these areas can create problems in the pelvis or abdomen but also in the legs, either alone or in any combination.
At Vein Specialists of the Carolinas we treat the superficial and deep veins of the legs, and the deep veins of the pelvis and abdomen for reflux and obstruction
At Vein Specialists of the Carolinas, we treat ALL VEINS, “ALL DAY, EVERY DAY” and treat them ALL THE WAY.
Here is a comprehensive list of conditions we treat:
- Varicose Veins
- Spider Veins
- Superficial Thrombophlebitis (STP) – clots in the superficial system that are visible and tender and red.
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) – brown or red skin discoloration around the lower legs
- Venous Leg Ulcers (VLU) – non healing open sores on the legs
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) – blood clot in the deep veins of the legs
- Post Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS)- skin damage like CVI following a blood clot
- Bleeding from veins
- Varicose veins in the “bikini”, buttock, and lower abdominal areas
- May-Thurner Syndrome
- Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
- Nutcracker Syndrome
- Thrombophilia –Protein C, S deficiency, Anti-Thrombin III deficiency, Factor V Leiden, and other inherited or acquired venous blood clotting tendencies
To see more about all of these problems, click here: Vein Disorders.
To see procedures we use to treat them, click here: Vein Procedures.
To see more about Dr Draughn, click here: Meet Dr Draughn.
Our additional providers include two Registered Vascular technicians, a physician assistant and a registered nurse
To meet our expert and friendly staff, click here: Meet the Staff
We have two locations: Charlotte and Gastonia, NC.
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