Who should treat your leg veins?
How will you make your decision ABOUT TREATMENT?
Beware of doctors who are claiming great experience who are not in a supervised training program or have not completed their training. Be also informed that Membership of different Colleges, including overseas Colleges, simply means that the doctor has paid membership fees and DOES NOT indicate that the doctor has any specific level of expertise. Only Fellows of the Australasian College of Phlebology have the right to be called a Phlebologist. A "Certified Sclerotherapist" is the most "junior" qualification and can be gained with only 1 year of experience.
The qualifications of the practitioner you are considering can easily be checked on the Australasian College of Phlebology Website. Read our pre-treatment checklist below.
Fellowship of the Australasian College is the highest qualification in Phlebology. Dr Paul Varcoe, who is based on the Gold Coast, is one of four Fellows of the Australasian College of Phebology in Queensland.
VARICOSE VEIN AND SPIDER VEIN Pre-treatment checklist
Your legs are critical to your health and appearance – thoroughly research the doctor who you are considering treating your leg(s).
- Is the doctor you are considering a Fellow of the Australasian College of Phlebology (the highest qualification) or simply a doctor who claims to have expertise in certain procedures that have not completed their training?
- Ask how long your doctor has been in this field and check out what they say – unfortunately on the Gold Coast there are some doctors in fancy premises who have not completed their training.
WHAT IS A PHLEBOLOGIST?
Phlebologists are qualified doctors who have a special interest in vein disease and its treatment and have undergone considerable advanced training. In Australia they are credentialed by the Australasian College of Phlebology. Ensure you are receiving treatment from a doctor that has the most experience and is the highest qualified in this field.