Why You Should Consider a Second Opinion for Vein Treatment in Houston
As the number of vein centers has increased, we see more and more patients who have had treatment and are now coming to see us, because they weren’t pleased with their results. Unsuspecting patients see an ad and make an appointment, thinking that they will see a vein specialist. They don’t realize that the “specialist” they will be seeing is rarely a vascular surgeon. In fact, they often don’t even see a physician.
Some of these “vein specialists” are in fact radiologists, who barely qualify as physicians, or cardiologists who have nothing in their specialty to qualify them to treat venous disease. These and many others, masquerading as vein specialists, frequently employ a “team approach.” With this approach, a physician doesn’t evaluate the patient when they come in for consultation. So a physician isn’t involved with the most important part of your treatment, making the proper diagnosis and developing your personal treatment plan.
Patients often never see a physician until the day of the procedure, and don’t see them after the procedure, and yet patients are surprised to learn that they paid more, because they undergo a greater number of procedures, and still end up with inferior results. Some of these patients have had procedures that should never have been recommended, and others have flat out undergone the wrong procedure, while still others were given unrealistic promises as to what to expect.
Patients choose to schedule a second opinion for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they weren’t comfortable with the recommended treatment or number of procedures recommended. Sometimes they were suspicious because they never saw a physician and didn’t like that the physician was too busy trying to make more money, to see his patients.
We have heard this story time and again, and so we instituted the second opinion. We know that it’s frustrating for you to pay a lot of money, and not get the promised results. It’s frustrating for us, because treatment of venous disease is done so poorly, that it threatens our livelihood. Medicare has threatened to restrict its coverage of venous disease and if this happens private insurers will likely follow.
The most qualified vein specialist that you can see is a vascular surgeon specializing in treatment of venous disease. Don’t feel trapped. If you would like to be seen by a vascular surgeon, specializing in treatment of leg veins, call us for a second opinion.
This is not a “free consult” or “free screening.” Dr. Bardwil will evaluate your records and treatment plan and let you know if he concurs and what he might recommend differently. He is a board certified vascular surgeon with over 31 years experience treating veins. If he feels an ultrasound is necessary, he will perform it during your visit.
If you or someone close to you has been seen regarding treatment of leg veins, and would like to get a second opinion, bring in your ultrasound report and the proposed treatment plan. After Dr. Bardwil reviews your records and examines you, he will render an opinion. You will be under no obligation from Dr. Bardwil, for this second opinion. At the very least, you should feel more comfortable about having your procedure done and you will have the opportunity to see how a vein center should be run. This is Texas Vein and Nobody Does It Better.
The before picture of the above patient was after they had been treated by an interventional radiologist, who mistakenly treated the wrong vein. The after picture is the result of the correct vein being treated by Dr. Bardwil, a board certified vascular surgeon. It’s important to recognize there is a significant difference in qualifications when selecting a doctor to treat your veins.