Pregnancy is one of the risk factors for varicose veins. The developing fetus and enlarging womb can apply a lot of pressure on the veins in the pelvis area, which in turn put pressure in the leg veins, leading to varicose veins and other vein conditions.

Pregnancy Related Vein Problems | Vein Specialist Los Angeles & Ventura

Generally, each pregnancy increases your risk for varicose veins, which means that older moms are more susceptible. In fact, studies show that 28% of women who have never had a vein issue in their family often suffer vein problems during pregnancy.

Although varicose veins are largely harmless, the associated pain, itchiness, burning sensation, and, discomfort can make pregnancy much harder for women.

Here are a few tips to help you prevent or minimize the appearance of varicose veins during pregnancy:

  • Try to reduce the amount of time you spend on your feet. If your job requires you to stand for many hours, then you should get custom, full-length pregnancy compression stockings from your vein specialist in Ventura & Los Angeles.
  • If you have a desk job, consider exercising your calf muscles to facilitate blood flow. With your foot flat on the ground, rock your foot from heel to toe multiple times. You can also do this exercise while standing.
  • When resting, avoid crossing your legs as this could obstruct proper blood flow. Instead, keep your legs in a raised position or choose your left side when you lie.
  • Do light exercise everyday, especially walking to improve circulation.

Avoid Any Permanent Treatments

Vein specialists don’t recommend any permanent solutions for varicose veins, like minimally invasive surgeries during pregnancy because the situation usually improves after giving birth. Moreover, the vein problem is likely to return on your subsequent pregnancies.

If your varicose veins are causing other problems, you should visit a vein specialist in Ventura & Los Angeles to discuss possible remedies during and after pregnancy.

Vein specialists usually operate in a vein center that is independent from other medical fields, and only deals with cases involving vein disorders, such as varicose veins, spider veins, deep thrombosis, and chronic venous insufficiency, among others.

Vein Center vs Hospital | Los Angeles & Ventura County Vein Specialist

When faced with a specific health problem that requires specialized care, your general physician is likely to refer you to a specialist in that field for proper diagnosis and treatment. Similarly, when suffering from a venous disorder, you can always consult a general practitioner for temporary relief. But to address the root of the problem, you need to visit a specialist who has the expertise to ensure your complete recovery.

What to Expect From a Vein Center

These facilities focus solely on the diagnosis and treatment of problems related to the veins. The physician usually goes through extra training and certification to perform advanced vein procedures such as sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, ultrasound-guided ablation, and wound care, among others.

Although you can also find highly skilled physicians who specialize in certain, relevant areas and have experience treating vein conditions in a hospital, you are likely to encounter one of two situations: either the medical professional handles a wide range of issues on a daily basis, and cannot adequately keep up with the newest treatments in vein conditions, or the physician focus on only one area of specialty, like ambulatory phlebectomy, which may not necessarily be the best treatment for your case.

On the other hand, a vein specialist handles cases involving problematic veins on a daily basis. Visiting a vein center gives you the best chance of having your problem diagnosed correctly and treated using the newest procedures for the most satisfactory results.

Moreover, certified vein specialists are dedicated to pursuing continuing education to maintain their membership. This means that they regularly review and update their equipment, procedures, and patient care tactics for your benefit.

Center for Vein Wellness in Los Angeles & Ventura County

Please visit the Center for Vein Wellness or schedule a consultation with Dr. Shah to discuss your case and vein treatment options. We have multiple locations in Los Angeles and Ventura County.

First, it is important to note that board certification in any medical specialty in the US is a voluntary process. Medical licensure is primarily used to indicate the minimum requirements for competency in order to diagnose and treat patients in a specific specialty.

Board Certification

Board Certification vs. Medical License

A physician must have a medical license to lawfully practice medicine. This requires the doctor to fulfill the certain requirements including:

  • Successfully completing a certified program in a recognized medical school
  • Fulfilling residency requirements
  • Passing the exams indicated by your state to practice medicine
  • Approval by your state’s medical board

If a medical practitioner is board-certified, he or she has exceptional expertise in a specific specialty and/or subspecialty in the field of medicine.

Prior to certification, the physician has to go through a rigorous process of tests and peer evaluations designed and administered by other specialists in the same field of medicine, in addition to fulfilling the requirements of licensure.

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) was established in 1933, and has 24 member boards comprising multiple medicine specialties and subspecialties.

Although board certification is voluntary, it is vital because it keeps the specialty/subspecialty current through:

  • Participation in continuing education to remain current with the newest advances in the medical field of specialty
  • Participation in ongoing training to keep current on best practices in providing quality health care, patient safety, and establishing a patient-oriented and responsive environment

Dr. Shah is Triple Board Cerified

Dr. Shah is a diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, formerly the American Board of Phlebology. He is one of the few physicians nationwide who is certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, demonstrating expertise in the understanding and treatment of venous conditions. In 2005, the American Medical Association (AMA) recognized Phlebology as a separate self-designated specialty. The American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine was established in 2007 to improve the standards of medical practitioners and the quality of care related to the treatment of venous disease. He is a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI), certified by American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

You can trust that Dr. Shah is dedicated to his field and will provide the best possible care through lifelong learning.

When dealing with unsightly varicose or spider veins or the more serious venous ulcers and blood clots, you need the help of a skilled physician, preferably one with specialized training to ensure you get proper diagnosis and treatment.

What to Look in a Physician When Treating Varicose Veins

What to Look in a Physician

If you are considering varicose vein treatment, here are a few key qualities you can use to identify a great vein doctor:

1. Education and Certification

This is one of the first things that you should find out when choosing a vein doctor to ensure that you get the care you need. A doctor who is board-certified in Phlebology will give you peace of mind knowing that your diagnosis and treatment will be both safe and effective. These certifications prove that the physician has received the necessary training and is qualified to deliver high quality care for a wide range of vascular diseases, including varicose veins.

2. Experience

It helps if you know how successful the physician has been in previous, similar procedures. There are several treatment options for varicose veins, and you may not necessarily be a good candidate for all of them. If your physician is only comfortable performing one type of treatment that is not necessarily the most effective for your specific case, then you will be keeping yourself from receiving the best care possible – yet you’ll probably end up paying the same.

3. Good Communication

To receive the best treatment for any condition, you need to be open with your physician. It is important that you feel comfortable enough with your vein doctor to reveal essential information about your health, family history, and lifestyle truthfully. Working with a friendly physician and team increases the likelihood of making honest and pleasant conversations when receiving your treatment.

4. Convenience

Keep in mind that varicose treatments are usually administered in a series of appointments over several months. So you need to find a skilled vein specialist near you to make your treatments convenient.

Why Choose the Center for Vein Wellness?

Finding the right physician to treat your case of varicose veins requires a bit of research to find a vein specialist with the right combination of education, experience, and compassion to deliver the highest quality of care you deserve.

Dr. Shah of the Center for Vein Wellness has the training, credentials, and experience, backed by numerous testimonials from patients who he has successfully treated.

While many vein centers only provide cosmetic treatment as a general solution for varicose veins, we understand that no two cases of vein disease are the same. Dr. Shah goes the extra mile to also identify the underlying causes of your vein issues and utilize the latest treatment options to reduce health risks associated with your vein problem, making it less likely to appear again in future.

The Center for Vein Wellness is dedicated to creating a personalized treatment plan for every patient who visits our practice. When you consult with Dr. Shah in any of our locations, you can be assured of receiving the most effective treatment and recommendations based on your specific case, helping you reach the best possible outcome.