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What is the specialist called that treats varicose veins?

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Dr. Donny Peterson
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Vascular Surgeon: Vascular or general surgeons historically. However there are specialty clinics that have physicians of other specialties like er docs, family practice docs, and other various surgical specialists performing the procedure. They can be well qualified and as long as they have dependable backup to handle complications, should be safe.
Dr. David Greenfield
Thoracic Surgery 37 years experience
Phlebologist
Aug 24, 2013
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Yes, it is true that other types of doctors may have "studied about" phlebology. But phlebology is not recognized as a speciality by the American Board of Medical Specialties (http://www.abms.org/), the governing organization that monitors board-certification in the United States. There is no nationally accredited fellowship or residency program in "phlebology." See Certified Vascular Surgeon.
Jul 24, 2016
Dr. David Greenfield
Thoracic Surgery 37 years experience
Phlebologist: Often a vascular surgeon but there are also radiologists, dermatologists, general surgeons, plastic surgeons, family practice physicians and other disciplines who have received phlebology training.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Yes, it is true that other types of doctors may have "studied about" phlebology. But phlebology is not recognized as a speciality by the American Board of Medical Specialties (http://www.abms.org/), the governing organization that monitors board-certification in the United States. There is no nationally accredited fellowship or residency program in "phlebology." See Certified Vascular Surgeon.
Jul 24, 2016
Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 47 years experience
Vein Specialist: The speciality of treating veins has evolved over the last 5 years. In 2008 there was established an american board of phlebology with board certification. Passage of this exam granted that person the designation of diplomate of the american board of phlebology. This board name was just changed to the american board of venous and lymphatic medicine. Dedicated vein specialists are members.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Vascular surgery / vein surgery has been evolving since it was first introduced in the late 1800s. The first vascular surgery fellowship training program in the USA was established in 1962. Modern endovascular surgery has been a more recent evolution, with current vascular / vein training programs being a combined endovascular / vascular fellowship, w/ ability for board-certification when done.
Jun 28, 2015
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Yes, it is true that other types of doctors may have "studied about" phlebology. But phlebology is not recognized as a speciality by the American Board of Medical Specialties (http://www.abms.org/), the governing organization that monitors board-certification in the United States. There is no nationally accredited fellowship or residency program in "phlebology." See Certified Vascular Surgeon.
Jul 24, 2016
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Vascular Surgeon: A specialist that is best qualified to treat varicose veins & other vein diseases is a board-certified vascular surgeon. They are the only vein specialist that has formal fellowship training in vein surgery & vein interventions. They have undergone 7 years of university surgery training. Any other doctor is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties as a certified vein surgeon.
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 42 years experience
Varicose veins: vascular surgeon or phlebologist dermatologist

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