Is a vascular surgeon the right specialist for vericose and spider veins?

Absolutely. MD that is best qualified to treat varicose veins & vein diseases is board-certified vascular surgeon.They are the only vein specialist that has formal fellowship training in vein surgery.They have undergone 7 yrs of university surgery training.Any other doctor is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties as a certified vein surgeon. "Phlebologists" have no formal vein training.
Not necessarily. Large varicose veins are best treated surgically by a vascular surgeon, but small spider veins can easily be treated with injections and lasers in the office by any experienced physician.
It depends. The vast majority of the time, varicose and spider veins are best treated by a phlebologist (vein specialist). This might be a vascular surgeon but it doesn't necessarily have to be. Because the treatment of varicose and spider veins nowadays is generally non-surgical, the best choice is the one with the most experience, whether they are a surgeon or not.
Vascular surgeon. Yes, i think so.
Yes. Vascular surgeons are trained during their fellowships and residencies to specifically treat all diseases of the arteries and veins, including varicose and spider veins. They can offer injections, catheter ablations, and surgery if needed. They are certified by the american board of surgery, one of 24 member boards of the abms. "phlebologists" have not undergone any kind of formal training.

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I am down to selecting an interventional radiologist with experience or a vascular surgeon with experience to treat varicose veins. Whom to choose?

Depends. I think if you gave a better idea regarding your location it can help with the suggestion of a surgeon. Read more...
Depends On Therapy. That depends on what type of treatment you need. The benefit of a vascular surgeon is that they can offer ALL possible treatment options, ranging from complex surgeries (such as vein ligations, vein stripping, phlebectomies, etc) to the less invasive options of endovenous laser ablation or sclerotherapy. Radiologist may be limited in what he can offer. Surgeons have done 7 yrs of surgery training. Read more...

What other type of doctor treat varicose veins since I cannot locate interventional radiologist or vascular surgeon on my PPO plan. Advice?

Wear support hose. The reason to treat varicose veins is to prevent post phlebitis syndrome and painful enlargement of veins of leg. The veins are usually removed by stripping or injections to clot the veins and are performed by a vascular surgeon or interventional radiologist. The alternative is to wear compression socks when walking which collapse the veins and accomplish almost as much as surgery. Read more...
Varicose veins. Varicose veins can be treated by a general surgeon or a vascular surgeon. Occasionally a plastic surgeon. Look for someone board certified in surgery, and/or someone with special training/board certification in vein surgery. There are many vein clinics today so it shouldn't be hard to find a specialist. Finding a doctor on your plan, that's a different problem. No easy answers to insurance today. Read more...
Cardiologist. Some cardiologists, plastic surgeons and family practitioners also treat varicose veins. Just make sure they have extensive training and not just some week long course. Read more...
Dont Base it on PPO. It is a bad idea to base your decision on who to see for a medical problem base on who is on your PPO plan. Recommend that you seek someone with the right level of education, training, & experience even if it means they are not in your PPO. The specialists that are board-certified in all from of varicose vein treatments (intervention, surgery, medical therapy) are vascular surgeons per ABMS.org. Read more...