So you’ve decided to see a New Jersey vein expert about symptoms you suspect might be signs of vein disease. Congratulations…that’s a wise decision. During your first visit, your doctor will probably ask you a number of questions to help him assess your venous health. For example, he may ask you about symptoms you may be experiencing, about your health history, and because vein disease is hereditary, about your family’s health history as well. He will also perform a number of tests, and will then present his findings to you. At that point, however, there are a number of questions that you should ask.
“Are my symptoms due to vein disease, or not?”
Because determining the answer to this question is probably the reason you’re seeing a New Jersey vein expert in the first place, this is the first question you should ask. If you have noticed visible symptoms such as varicose veins or spider veins, chances are the answer will be “Yes.” But if the symptoms that worried you were more subtle, such as weakness in your legs or swelling in your lower extremities, there could be many other possible causes. This is your opportunity to find out for sure, and to ask follow-up questions based on the answer.
“If I don’t have vein disease currently, can you help me prevent it?”
An important thing to remember is that if your New Jersey vascular doctor finds that you don’t have vein disease currently, that doesn’t mean that you’re “off the hook.” He may find, for example, that you have risk factors that give you a higher-than-normal likelihood of developing vein disease in the future. Some of these risk factors you can’t change – your age, your gender, and whether vein disease runs in your family. But other risk factors – smoking, being overweight, how much exercise you get, and how much time you spend sitting – are within your control. You can lower your overall risk by doing something about them.
“If I do have vein disease, what are my treatment options?”
This is probably the most important question you should ask, because there may be many different treatment options available to you. For example, if you have varicose veins, your options can range from conservative treatment (changes to diet, exercise, and lifestyle) to more aggressive treatments that eliminate the swollen veins permanently. Your doctor will present the options that are best for your condition, and help you decide which to choose.
This is your opportunity to ask additional follow-up questions such as “How long will this type of treatment take?” or “Will it provide only a temporary solution or a permanent one?” or “Will the procedure be painful?” And of course you should ask the most important question, “How long will it be before I see results?”
Finally, you should ask, “What happens if I decide to delay treatment?”
From our point of view as top vein doctors in Bergen County, this is one of the most important questions a patient should ask. You may be tempted to decide not to pursue any of the treatment options presented to you, and that is your right, but at the same time you should know what the consequences of that decision will be. Left untreated, vein disease doesn’t magically go away or “get better on its own” – it gets worse. You should know how much worse it can get.
Whatever your questions, Dr. John Chuback is there to answer them for you
At Chuback Medical Group, our focus is on patient education, and making sure that we answer all questions our patients have for us. So don’t be shy about asking – pick up your telephone and give us a call at 201-693-4847 or go online and make an appointment to come in and ask our New Jersey vein expert any questions you might have.