Venous Misperception: No Special Training Is Required to Treat Chronic Venous Disease
We’ve all seen the horror stories of people seeking medical treatment from unqualified practitioners, so there’s no need to detail all the bad that can happen when conditions are wrongly diagnosed and inappropriate treatments are implemented. So, then, why do some people think no special training is required to treat venous disease, including varicose veins and spider veins? That’s a point of view that varicose vein doctor in Orlando, Dr. Horowitz at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center, would like to see changed, so we’re more than happy to provide education to make sure patients know better.
It seems like more and more people and practices are claiming to be the go-to place for the treatment of varicose and superficial (spider) veins, though this is most likely merely playing toward the public’s love for receiving multiple services under one roof, and may even be caused by some medical practitioners’ desire to provide more services simply to attract a greater number of patients. But just because a doctor or other provider says that they can treat varicose or superficial veins does not automatically guarantee that they have the proper training in both phlebology and vascular surgery, to say the least. In an out-patient setting, patients need to be their own advocate and research the qualifications of a medical provider they are thinking about choosing.
A Bit of Education
In order to be a better-informed patient, it’s important to have a handle on the basics of phlebology and vascular surgery. Don’t worry; we won’t go too deep into medical jargon, but these are important facts for you to be aware of.
So, what is phlebology (pronounced fluh-bol-uh-jee)? Phlebology is the branch of medicine that deals with veins and disease of veins. And what is a phlebologist? According to the American College of Phlebology, a phlebologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vein disorders.
Moreover, vascular surgery is a specialized surgery in which, through catheter methods and surgical repair, diseases of the vascular system are managed. That may seem like a mouthful, but here’s the bottom line: Doctors trained in phlebology and vascular surgery understand and are experts in these key areas:
- The structure of the vascular system
- The complexities surrounding the vascular system
- The scope of intervention
- The best course of action for each individual
Make an Informed Decision
Now that you know the basics, you can make informed decisions about your care and treatment. This not only provides substantial peace of mind, but it also helps to ensure proper treatment. By ensuring your vascular needs are professionally and competently handled by a physician specifically trained in varicose and superficial vein treatment, your diagnosis and prognosis are more likely to be accurate and favorable.
So, it’s only natural that if you or someone you care for is dealing with superficial or varicose veins, you’ll want to turn to Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center to be treated by their skilled team: John D. Horowitz, MD, FACS, and Jason B. Carter, PA-C. These two medical professionals have the education, experience, and training you’re looking for.
Dr. John Horowitz
Dr. John D. Horowitz, founder and head of Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center, received his Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors from Boston’s Brandeis University, and then went on to attend the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. At Temple, he graduated in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and then stayed on for his residency training in surgery. After that, Dr. Horowitz went to the Ohio State University Hospitals to complete his fellowship training in peripheral vascular surgery.
Regarding Dr. Horowitz’s specialized training and experience, he is board-certified in both general and vascular surgery, and has received academic distinction from his multiple published articles and teaching faculty appointments. Dr. Horowitz has been practicing vascular surgery in Orlando since 1993, and focuses his practice on minimally-invasive vein therapies and endovascular treatment of arterial disorders.
What’s more, Dr. Horowitz is active in many societies, including the Southern Vascular Society, the Florida Vascular Society and the American College of Phlebology. The letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after a his name are a designation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and they signify that Dr. Horowitz’s medical education, training, qualified experience, surgical expertise, and ethical treatment have passed a meticulous assessment, and have been found to be uniform with the regulations established and stipulated by the ACS. A long-respected organization, the ACS is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.
Physician Assistant Jason Carter
Venous-disease specialist Jason Carter is a physician assistant at the Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center. In 1998, Carter earned his undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Micro and Molecular Biology, from the University of Central Florida. In 2002, he went on to receive his Physician Assistant degree from the College of West Virginia. Jason has been an active member of the American College of Phlebology since 2004, and has performed more than 10,000 venous ablation procedures. Carter has considerable knowledge and experience in his field, and has taken part in the training of other physician assistants and doctors in the field.
The letters after his name, PA-C, signify that Carter is a Certified Physician Assistant. A PA-C is a medical practitioner who works under the supervision of a licensed medical doctor or other physician.
A Practice You Can Trust
It’s clear not only that special training is required to treat venous disease, but also that Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center is the place to go in the Orlando area. Now that you know the basics of phlebology and vascular surgery, and can make an informed decision, don’t go to just anybody to treat your superficial and varicose veins. Choose a dedicated vein center with the knowledge and tools needed to treat those with venous disease. Make an appointment with board-certified Orlando varicose vein doctor Dr. Horowitz today. You can call 407-545-3385, or contact us online. As a patient, you owe it to yourself to ensure you receive the best care possible.