Vein Center and Doctor in Miami
Vein Doctor in Miami
Do you suffer from damaged veins with painful symptoms that are preventing you from everyday activities? Are you embarrassed about the way your legs look because of the presence of enlarged, oversized veins? Are you looking for a Vein Center in Miami or Broward counties? You should not have to agonize over these vein problems every day of your life. The right vein doctor can help.
Most commonly, these vein problems occur in the legs, and truth be told, our legs are often very exposed here in South Florida, especially in Miami. Year-round warm temperatures, frequent beaching, boating, and other water activity excursions, and general outdoor activities are just a few of the things many people love about living in the Sunshine State. But if you are plagued with any type of vein damage or disorder such as varicose veins, you might not be so inclined to put on a pair of shorts, wear a sundress, or go anywhere with exposed legs.
Varicose veins occur when there is a lack of proper blood flow to the veins, which causes the veins to then increase in size and fill up with blood. The reason why these vein problems happen to our lower extremities is we put extra pressure on our legs when standing or walking. While vein issues could very well appear on the upper part of the thighs or arms, it’s much more likely to be an issue on the legs, below the knee.
Many times when patients visit our vein centers, the issue is merely cosmetic. People don’t like how their legs look with big, bulging, blue veins, or discolored skin surrounding the veins. In this case, the symptoms are merely visible, such as veins that appear dark purple or blue, or veins that are twisted or bulging out of the legs. Sometimes you may also notice that your ankles appear thick or swollen, or that the skin of your calf has thickened. There may not be any underlying health or medical issues to worry about; however, as time goes on, complications could arise.
On the other hand, there are painful symptoms of varicose veins you may also experience, such as a burning, throbbing, achy, or heavy feeling in your legs, muscle cramping, itching, or some kind of sore or rash at the site of the affected vein, or increased pain after sitting or standing for long periods of time.
In either case, whether the symptoms are painful or not, cause complications or don’t, these damaged veins are decreasing your current quality of life in some way or another — and even if you aren’t experiencing any medical complications now, that’s not to say it won’t happen in the future if nothing is done to prevent it from happening.
Do any of these symptoms ring true for you? It’s important not to let your damaged veins go untreated. Without proper care from an experienced vein doctor, you run the risk of developing blood clots or ulcers in your legs, or excessive bleeding in the veins.
Don’t let it get to that! It’s time to call on the best vein specialist at Fox Vein & Laser Experts.
What is a Vein Specialist Called?
A vein specialist can also casually be referred to as a vein doctor or vein expert, but the technical and medically correct term would be phlebologist. Phlebology is the branch of medicine that is concerned with veins, so a phlebologist is a doctor that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vein disorders, venous diseases, and the like.
Regardless of what you called this particular type of vein doctor — a vein specialist or a phlebologist — their main goal is the same: taking care of patients who are suffering from vein damage, disorders, and diseases that are affecting their lives in an unwanted manner.
What Type of Doctor Specializes in Veins?
Dr. Susan Fox at Fox Vein & Laser Experts is not only Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Vascular Medicine, and Phlebology, making her an expert phlebologist, but she is also a Registered Physician Vascular Interpreter, which means that she is certified to read vascular ultrasound studies. Dr. Fox was also one of the first physicians in the United States to be Board Certified in the treatment of veins, so you know you are in good hands with Dr. Fox by your side.
Doctors who specialize in veins could very well also be dermatologists, radiologists, cardiologists, vascular surgeons, general surgeons, internists, or family practitioners.
How Do You Treat Varicose Veins?
Before a vein specialist can treat your varicose veins, your doctor will give you a physical exam in order to properly diagnose varicose veins. This involves a very simple examination where you will also most likely be asked to describe the symptoms you are experiencing. In some cases, an ultrasound test may be needed in order to get a deeper look.
Once the vein specialist has determined that you do in fact have bad veins or valves in the veins or varicose veins, they can use the information gathered to decide which vein procedure is best for your individual situation.
There are various procedures that a vein specialist or phlebologist may have available at their office to treat varicose veins and other vein conditions. At Fox Vein & Laser Experts, we offer these vein treatments:
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy: an in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia that removes medium to large-sized varicose veins through tiny incisions in the skin.
- Visual Sclerotherapy: a simple procedure that involves injections of a medicated solution that disrupts the lining of the vessels, causing the walls of the veins to stick together and permanently seal, which reroutes the blood to healthier veins. The treated veins become scar tissue that is eventually removed by the body and replaced with healthy tissue.
- Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy: works the same as traditional sclerotherapy, except that instead of quick, simple injections, ultrasound technology is used to insert the needle more precisely and accurately into the underlying vein, and the sclerosing agent is injected into the vein.
- Foam Sclerotherapy: again, the same idea as traditional sclerotherapy, except this procedure is typically ideal for larger, underlying varicose veins that cannot typically be treated with sclerotherapy. Small amounts of the solution are quickly mixed with small amounts of air in order to create a foamy consistency to inject into the veins.
- Endovenous Laser Ablation: a procedure that involves inserting a very thin laser fiber through the skin into the vein. It typically leaves no scarring, doesn’t require any incisions, and is one of the most effective treatments for large varicose veins and venous insufficiency.
- ClariVein®: a quick, minimally invasive, surgery-free procedure with no downtime that involves a specially designed infusion catheter that is capable of rotating 360 degrees inside of deficient veins while dispersing prescription medication.
- VenaSeal™ uses a very thin catheter inserted into a tiny entry in the skin and is positioned in the affected vein, allowing for proper dispersal of the VenaSeal® medical adhesive.
- VeinGogh Vein Removal: a procedure that destroys pesky, spider veins without any damage to the surface of the skin by comfortably and gently heating the targeted vessels, collapsing the vessel walls, and rerouting blood through healthy veins while leaving healthy skin and tissues intact.
Regardless of what vein procedure you experience at Fox Vein & Laser Experts, our experienced medical team will make sure that you are properly educated on any and all aftercare protocol. Often, we suggest patients wear compression stockings after undergoing a vein treatment. Maintaining a daily walking regimen is also important in order to promote circulation throughout the legs, and prevent further complications and keep those varicose veins from coming back.
Fox Vein & Laser Experts, led by Dr. Susan Fox, has locations in Miami, Hollywood, and Pembroke Pines in Florida. If you are seeking a vein doctor in Miami and its surrounding area, contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how our vein specialist can help relieve you from any pain, distress, or discomfort your vein problems have been causing.