So you’ve finally decided it’s time to do something about your vein problems. That was the easy part. Now you have to decide where to go for treatment. This blog, as well as the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC), tells you everything you need to know about choosing the right vein clinic for you.
1. Look for an IAC Accredited Clinic
First things first – look for a vein clinic with IAC accreditation. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement. An IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to venous disorders, which include physicians, physician extenders, nurses and ultrasound technologists.
The Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, KS is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission in the area of Superficial Venous Treatment and Management. As the IAC website explains:
“Accreditation by the IAC indicates that Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published Standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in vein treatment and management. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.”
2. Look for a Clinic That Offers a Variety of Vein Treatment Options
There are many ways to treat vein problems with today’s technology. Don’t settle for a single treatment until you’ve explored all of your options. Here are some to investigate:
Radiofrequency Ablation – This procedure involves heating the vein wall using temperature controlled radio-frequency energy to shrink and seal the problem vein.
Sclerotherapy – This is a non-surgical procedure which involves the injection of a concentrated solution through a tiny needle resulting in the vein being absorbed by the body naturally.
Laser Vein Ablation – A laser can be used by placing a catheter inside the vein to shrink and seal the problem vein.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy – Used on bulging, surface veins, the skin is numbed and very small punctures are made to physically remove the vein.
3. Consider Insurance Coverage
Vein treatment can be covered by your insurance if it is a medical necessity. If your varicose veins are severe and interfere with your daily life, you may be covered. Find out if your insurance covers the treatment and, if so, choose a vein clinic that accepts your insurance plan. If it is not covered, or you do not have insurance, inquire about discounts and payment plans to make your treatment more affordable.
4. Check Online for Testimonials and Reviews
See what previous patients have to say about each clinic you research. Make sure they have had good experiences and are happy with their treatment, recovery time, results. Check online reviews at Angie’s List, The BBB, Yelp, etc.
5. Consider Location
Depending on what kind of services your condition requires, you may have to visit the clinic you choose several times. You may need a consultation, treatment and follow up. While location or proximity to your home or office shouldn’t be your number one priority, it will be a factor in your experience.
The Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City is IAC Vein Center and Vascular Testing accredited. If you have a vein disorder such as spider veins or varicose veins, you can trust us to provide the treatment you need to relieve your pain and restore your confidence to show your legs to the world again!