3 Things to Check When Choosing Your Vein Specialist
Undergoing varicose vein treatment, while simpler than ever before, is a serious matter and may come with a serious price. Because of these reasons, it is vitally important that you choose the right medical professional and vascular doctor in Orlando to perform any procedures. As such, we’ve listed the top three tips for finding a vascular doctor in your area. And if you’re in the Orlando area, we’ve made it even easier, because you have access to one of the top vein practices in the country: Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center, which is directed by Dr. John D. Horowitz.
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Choose an Experienced and Certified Specialist at a Dedicated Facility
Unfortunately, there are too many generalists out there who seek to be a “one-stop shop” for medical treatment, whether you have circulatory, respiratory or muscular issues, or illnesses or conditions of many other types, some doctors seek to take care of everything. While that type of care might sound convenient, it’s almost like having your auto mechanic repair your malfunctioning dishwasher. He or she is likely very intelligent and capable of many things but is certainly not a specialist in all areas.
When you are dealing with the body’s vascular system, it is imperative that you seek the care of a skilled and experienced vein specialist to be assured that your treatment is safe and effective. You need to find a professional who has specialty training, board certification and works in a dedicated vein center. What you don’t want is someone who only dabbles in vein care and is not truly an expert.
As we mentioned earlier, if you live anywhere near Orlando, you’re in luck because of your proximity to the Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center, which offers three locations: Ocoee/Winter Garden, Kissimmee/Hunters Creek, and The Villages. Dr. Horowitz, the founder and head of the center, graduated from Temple University School of Medicine as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and then stayed on for his residency training in surgery. After that, he went to the Ohio State University Hospitals to complete his fellowship training in peripheral vascular surgery. Dr. Horowitz’s is board-certified in both general and vascular surgery and has been practicing vascular surgery in Orlando since 1993. In addition, he is active in many societies related to his work in vein care, including the Southern Vascular Society, the Florida Vascular Society, and the American College of Phlebology. What’s more, Dr. Horowitz is a Fellow, American College of Surgeons, a designation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) which means his 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.
Check the Internet, but Don’t Do Your Primary Research Online
In this age of social media and digital information on demand, many people will tell you to do the bulk of your research online. While the Internet can be handy in finding a good place to eat or to buy that bestseller you’ve been wanting to read, it’s not necessarily the best place to find a doctor. Don’t rely on a slick website and unattributable testimonials. These are no substitute for experience, certification, and a dedicated practice. A rule of thumb: If vascular care is listed on a website’s drop-down list along with pulmonary care, dermatology, or anything else like that, go somewhere else!
What you can do online is use the American College of Surgeon’s “Find a Surgeon” feature for your area, cross-referencing the surgeon’s board certifications (e.g., ABS-Vascular Surgery) and society memberships (e.g., the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery). The American College of Phlebology and the Florida Vascular Society have “Find a Physician” pages as well. This information is very useful but is only the start. You’ll want to vet the list you create against whether the doctor has a dedicated vein practice, and how long he or she has been practicing and specializing in vein care, etc.
Read Reviews and Ask Your Friends for Recommendations
Another way to determine if a vein clinic is good in providing varicose veins treatment is by talking with your friends, as well, and reading the reviews and feedback from the practice’s current and past patients. But take these recommendations with the proverbial grain of salt. While you may have friends, colleagues, or relatives who have undergone either surgical or non-surgical varicose vein treatment in the past, their personal experience may or may not relate to your situation. Each person and each case are different.
Getting the proper treatment for your varicose veins isn’t complicated. Just remember how important it is to go to a reliable, trained, certified and experienced vein specialist at a dedicated vascular care center. At Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center, our specialty is the improvement of your venous health. Our experienced team of board-certified and fellowship-trained vascular doctors in Orlando are providing patients of all ages with the most advanced, minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins, spider (superficial) veins, leg pain, leg wounds and swelling, as well as many other painful and unsightly conditions caused from the effects of a venous insufficiency.
Be sure to look all through our CFVein.com website, which we created to answer many of the questions you might have regarding vein care and the treatment options available. Keep in mind, however, that scheduling a consultation with Dr. Horowitz is the only way to ensure that you are properly informed of the best treatment options available to you.
And if you’re near one of our offices, contact Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center to find and implement the right treatment strategy. Don’t put treatment off; in many cases, delaying treatment can make the situation worse and have serious implications on your health. Just call vascular doctor in Orlando, Dr. Horowitz, at 407-545-3385 or 352-658-5547 today to set up a consultative appointment.