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Which Types of Doctors Treat Varicose Veins?
June 11, 2022

Doctor examining varicose spider veins

Varicose veins seem like a cosmetic problem, but it is important to remember that they are really a medical issue. Varicose veins are unsightly, but they can also cause pain and discomfort and lead to additional problems down the road.

When seeking treatment for your varicose veins, choosing a qualified and experienced medical professional is crucial to getting the safest, most effective care. Many facilities offer treatment for varicose veins, but are their experts really qualified to treat a potentially painful medical condition?

Types of Doctors Who Treat Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are swollen, often twisted, veins that are common in the legs but can appear anywhere on the body. Small varicose veins are also known as spider veins. Varicose veins can become painful and problematic over time. There are several medical specialties that focus on diagnosing and treating vein disease.


This is a relatively new classification, which does not require lengthy specialized training or a residency. Instead, phlebologists are certified after passing a written test and approval by the American Board of Phlebology. This board is not the same as the American Board of Medical Specialties. Phlebologists focus primarily on more minor vein conditions, specifically of the legs.

Vascular Surgeons

Vascular surgeons have completed a lengthy residency and fellowship, as well as completed a licensing examination. The American Board of Medical Specialties accredits vascular surgeons. They treat a far broader range of issues in the vascular system, including performing invasive surgeries and other complex treatments for serious medical conditions.

Interventional Radiologists

Similar to vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists are accredited by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Interventional radiologists must attain at least five years of graduate medical education, including specialized residencies and fellowships, and pass a rigorous licensing examination. Interventional radiologists specialize in treating vein and other medical conditions with a combination of advanced imaging techniques and less invasive procedures.

How to Choose a Vein Specialist

The most qualified doctor to treat vein disease are specialists with experience and who have been certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties. These are doctors who have successfully completed extensive training, a lengthy residency, and a rigorous licensing examination. It is a good idea to become familiar with your doctor’s qualifications and experience before your treatment so that you have confidence in the specialist you choose.

It is also critical to choose an expert who offers vein procedures that fit each patient’s needs. There are a multitude of treatment options for varicose veins and spider veins. Many of these treatment options are minimally invasive, meaning no surgery is required. The most invasive and extensive possible treatment (such as surgery) may not be warranted if your condition is not serious. Likewise, superficial treatments like those provided by non-specialists (or non-doctors) might not be thorough enough to treat you effectively or diagnose more severe underlying conditions.

Why Choose Hinsdale Vein & Laser

Dr. Amjad Alkadri is a board-certified interventional radiologist with an emphasis on vein health and minimally invasive procedures. Following medical school, Dr. Alkadri studied both general surgery and radiology at Providence hospital in Michigan. In addition, he completed his Interventional Radiology fellowship at the University of Illinois Medical Center. Dr. Alkadri spent four years as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Illinois and also served as Chairman of Radiology at Porter Hospital in Indiana.

Dr. Alkadri has over 20 years of experience in Interventional Radiology. He considers each patient’s individual needs and concerns, avoiding overtreatment while pursuing efficient and effective care.

If you are interested in pursuing varicose vein treatment with an established and experienced professional treatment center, contact our offices today to schedule a consultation.