Minimally invasive vein surgery is just that…surgery. For this reason you should always consider getting a second opinion from an experienced surgeon to ensure the correct diagnosis has been made. The wrong diagnosis can lead to the wrong procedure. Misdiagnosis can result in unecessary procedures, inferior results, and possible additional treatment.
Unless your doctor is a board certified surgeon, he does not have the skills and experience gained through a surgical career to perform these surgical procedures and handle the possible, though rare, surgical complications.
Here is a list of some questions you should ask during your consultation with the surgeon to ensure you receive the best possible care and results.
- Ask your doctor if he is a trained surgeon.
- Ask your doctor how many laser closures of veins he has performed. If he does not perform at least 100 cases per year, a complimentary second opinion by our office is a very good idea.
- Ask your doctor if he is dedicated to vein surgery or merely adds this as a "sideline" to a non-vein practice.
- Ask your doctor if he will remove your varicose veins at the same time as the laser closure of your saphenous vein. This removal is performed under local anesthesia and can take over 1 hour. It should be performed during the same procedure both to save you another surgery and to guarantee that the veins you went to him for are gone at the end of your surgery.
- Ask your doctor if he follows up with you following surgery at 2 days, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and yearly thereafter.
- Ask your doctor if he is available after your procedure day and night for any problems or questions and if he will see you that day or night if needed.
Many doctors can offer the laser closure vein procedure, but the best results and care come from 35 years of surgical experience and the sole dedication to the treatment of varicose and spider veins.
If you have any questions about your diagnosis or suggested procedure please call our office at 314-993-8233 to schedule your second opinion.