Phlebology: the study, diagnosis, and treatment of vein and venous health disorders.
What is a Phlebologist and what do they do?
A Phlebologist is a specialist certified in the medical branch of Phlebology, which is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of vein and venous health disorders. Phlebologists are medical doctors who have experience and specialized training in the research, diagnosis, and procedures for the treatment of varicose veins, spider veins, and venous-related symptoms.
Phlebologists can treat vascular conditions and symptoms such as:
- Leg ulcers
- Spider Veins
- And Vascular birthmarks
The Difference between a Phlebologist and a Cardiovascular Surgeon
The most notable difference between the two medical specialties is in their qualified training or ABMS board certification. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) panel reviews and determines whether a medical professional is certified by the board in their specialty. The ABMS is committed to serving both the public and medical professionals by raising the bar on healthcare quality standards, patient care, and assessing a physicians’ knowledge, judgment and skills to help elevate the discipline of specialty medicine.
To be a board certified Phlebologist one needs to already have a pre-existing medical license, have proven experience with venous treatments, and take a written test. Courses to become a board certified Phlebologist can also be taken through online courses. A Phlebologist, on their own, does not necessarily have surgical training or experience and thus does not perform surgeries. This means a Phlebologist can provide “cosmetic” vein treatments but not provide surgical treatments for venous related symptoms, spider veins or varicose veins.
On the other hand, a board certified Cardiovascular Surgeon must have years of extensive training and must complete four years of college, four years of medical school, at least a five year general surgery residency, and two or three years of a fellowship specialized in cardiology, complete a licensing exam and board certification requirements. Additionally a Vein Specialist is usually an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Board Certified Cardiologist, Dermatologist or specialist in a similar field that has had extensive training and multiple years of hospital or medical center residency. Simply put, these ABMS Board certified specialists have the training and expertise to offer quality diagnosis, care, and surgical procedures to their patients.
San Diego Varicose Vein Treatment Center Expertise and Certification
Behzad Taghizadeh, MD, FACC, has extensive training and over 15 years of experience managing complex peripheral vascular, venous diseases, and varicose vein treatment procedures. Together with the San Diego Varicose Vein Treatment Center Team, Dr. Taghizadeh provides the latest FDA-approved varicose vein and spider vein treatments for San Diego County patients. Also as a certified Cardiologist, Dr. Taghizadeh and his team of Sonographers can diagnose patients using state-of-the-art Ultrasound Technology to perform Echocardiograms, Venous Doppler Studies, Carotid Ultrasounds and Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound. Dr. Behzad Taghizadeh is also certified, trained, and has extensive expertise with a variety of minimally invasive vein treatments and surgical procedures including:
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Laser Treatments
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy
- And more!
The San Diego Varicose Vein Treatment Center offers a broad array of cardiovascular services and comprehensive care for varicose vein and spider vein symptoms. For professional venous treatments with long lasting results contact us for more information and schedule a consultation today.
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