(7) Newer treatments, such as thermal energy (including laser or radiofrequency) or newly approved injectable sclerotherapy agents designed to painlessly destroy the damaged veins while sparing the competent ones, have become the mainstay of most phlebologists
(doctors specializing in vein care).
Recurrence depends also on the experience of the phlebologist
," said Fanous.
The types of health care professionals best suited to treating varicose veins are most likely vascular or general surgeons, dermatologists and phlebologists
for periods from 1-2 weeks up to 2-3 months.
The varied specialty background of phlebologists
is an asset, not a competitive factor, he believes.
This includes, among others, phlebologists
, vascular surgeons, dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, gynecologists, and plastic surgeons.
Some dermatologists and phlebologists
interviewed by this newspaper were dismayed that the writing committee didn't consult with organizations focused on venous disease, such as the American Venous Forum or the American College of Phlebology.
The study subjects completed a questionnaire and were examined by trained phlebologists
; duplex ultrasound was also performed.