You want the GOAT (greatest of all time) varicose veins center. It is an exclusive club.
Read this article to learn how to research a vein center’s qualifications.
In Pittsburgh, varicose veins are treated by many different kinds of doctors. To be safe, choose a board certified vascular surgeon to diagnose and treat your veins.
Make sure your doctor’s vein center is accredited (most are not) and the doctor doing your vein procedures has actually trained in venous disease and has decades of experience treating veins.
On September 21, 2012, Dr. John Happel successfully passed the Vascular Surgery Recertification Examination, a rigorous six hour test given by the American Board of Surgery. Before choosing a vein specialist to treat your veins, make sure that your physician is board certified by a recognized legitimate American Board of Medical Specialties approved board.
The Journal of Vascular Surgery in May 2011 published a consensus article providing conclusive proof that if a person is a candidate for a venous ablation procedure (laser or radiofrequency) and has symptomatic varicose veins then compression support stockings should not be the first line of treatment. Many of us already understand this intuitively.