Talking to Your Doctor
You may not remember everything you want to ask your doctor. You may find it helpful to write down questions prior to your appointment. When you do get answers to your questions, write them down, too. That way, when you get home, you won’t forget and you will be better equipped to answer questions that your family may have. Keep track of how you are feeling and any changes you notice so you can inform your doctor. By staying organized, you are helping yourself remain in control.
Choosing Your Doctor
When picking your doctor, it is important to make sure you are asking the right questions. Here are eight questions you should ask before choosing a doctor:
- Diagnostic ultrasound evaluation is a one of the most crucial components in determining the etiology and source of your vein problem. Ultrasound gives the the doctor not only visible evidence of abnormal vein function, but is also used to quantify the severity. Using ultrasound, doctors are able to see how the vein is functioning and to measure the backward flow of blood (reflux) through the vein.
- Duplex ultrasound provides the doctor with a picture of what’s happening with the deep and superficial veins. Duplex can also measure flow direction and velocity to identify how fast or slow blood flowing and if in the correct direction.
- Interventional radiologists receive extensive ultrasound training and are held to the highest national standards both in diagnostic ultrasound and vascular ultrasound. Many vascular ultrasound technicians are often trained by a radiologist or interventional radiologist. Many doctors that are not formally trained in ultrasound need to get their RVT or RPVI certification because their medical training did not include adequate ultrasound training.
- Interventional Radiologists are trained and ultra-skilled in all facets of ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedures. Therefore they are more adept at procedures that require ultrasound, such as minimally invasive vein procedures (such as radiofrequency ablation) making for a much smoother and safer procedure experience.
- Precision’s doctors are board-certified Vascular and Interventional Radiologists.
At Precision, we also offer Clarivein treatment which treats the vein disease without the use of laser or RF energy and is a truly a pain-free option for qualified patients..