Vein specialist Perth
Which doctor can help me with varicose vein treatment?
Specialist varicose vein treatment Perth
2 different groups of ‘vein doctors’
If you have varicose veins and you want them to be removed, you might consider seeing a vein specialist. Lots of doctors call themselves vein specialists, so let’s take a closer look at the differences between the types of specialists.
There are 2 main groups of physicians that call themselves ‘vein doctors’:
- Vascular surgeons
- Phlebologists (may include Interventional Radiologists)
Vascular surgeon for varicose vein treatment
Vascular surgeons treat both veins and arteries through the entire vascular system, and this is a big difference from the other groups mentioned. Vascular surgeons are trained in treating all venous and arterial conditions, such as abdominal aortic aneurysms, peripheral artery disease, carotid artery disease and managing diabetic foot disease. Treatment may include invasive and non-invasive surgery.
Phlebologist for varicose vein treatment
Phlebologists are medical doctors specialising in vein issues. They have completed a course in phlebology offered by a recognised organisation, such as the Australasian College of Phlebology. However, it’s important to notice that there is no formal recognition of phlebology as a medical specialty in Australia.
Phlebologists may perform endovenous laser treatment or sclerotherapy, but they are not typically considered surgeons. For example, if a problem arises, phlebologists must send their patient to the hospital through the emergency room and a vascular surgeon may deal with the complication.
Interventional radiologists are phlebologists that often have developed varicose vein treatment expertise through multiple courses however it’s not their primary specialty. Interventional radiologists have undergone very specialised residency training but they are not trained to perform invasive surgery.
Vascular surgeon varicose veins
Why see a vascular surgeon for varicose vein treatment?
Two main reasons to see a vascular surgeon for varicose veins
- Expertise in the entire vascular system: Many vein diseases are easy to treat. However, if left undiagnosed, some diseases can lead to complications, becoming even life-threatening. When you have varicose veins, you want to know what the underlying cause is and you want a doctor who understands the entire vascular system, beyond just the treatment for varicose veins. Vascular surgeons are the only medical doctors that have this type of expertise.
- Open surgery and private health insurance cover: Unfortunately, only open surgery for varicose veins is covered by private health funds. I regret this, as some non-invasive treatments have proven better outcomes. However, in some cases, open surgery is the only option for patients, and I am glad I can offer this option to people who need it. Some patients also deliberately opt for open surgery, because it is covered by private health.
Dr Altaf vein specialist Perth
Why Dr Altaf for varicose vein treatment in Perth?
Six reasons to book an appointment with Dr Altaf
- I have expanded my services to treat all types of varicose veins – from those that are just cosmetic to those veins that are associated with venous ulcers.
- As I have trained in the UK and in Australia, I was able to gain experience in a wide variety of varicose vein surgical management situations. From open surgery to laser endovenous ablation and sclerotherapy. I also had an opportunity to train in the United States to further my experience.
- I have often presented and published on endovenous ablation of varicose veins: I then used the techniques that I learned and finetuned them to offer the best and most appropriate technique to the individual patient.
- One size does not fit all. I look at the anatomy of the varicose veins and consider your own wishes. Sometimes there is not just 1 treatment that is required – but different types of treatment may be required to remove varicose veins.
- I also have endovascular skills in which other causes of varicose veins can be investigated and treated. Eg: May-Thurner syndrome and Pelvic Congestion Syndrome – these are uncommon causes of varicose veins and may require management with venous stenting (for May-Thurner syndromes) or embolisation of ovarian veins (for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome).
- I treat patients in the public sector ( RPH and SJOG Midland) as well as privately.