Why a Dedicated Center?
Why go to a dedicated Vein Center?
Expertise and Dedication

Just like anything in life, people get better with experience.  In medicine, physicians improve at diagnosing and treating the diseases and problems that they see and treat the most often.  For this reason, it probably makes sense to seek treatment with a physician that is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of venous disorders as their primary interest, as opposed to someone who treats veins as a convenient addition to their practice.

When evaluating which clinic you should go to for help, remember that you have every right to ask questions about the clinic and the physicians that may ultimately be performing procedures for you.  Any clinic or physician that is offended or unwilling to answer polite and well-intentioned questions about the way they conduct business is likely a clinic that you should avoid.  We have found the following questions to be helpful in evaluating and comparing physicians and clinics that offer treatment for venous disorders:

1.  Who performs the evaluations in your clinic?  If an ultrasound technologist is performing the study, do they have credentials as a registered vascular technologist?  Do they do these examinations every day in your clinic?

2.  Does the physician repeat the pertinent parts of the examination to check/confirm the results and to determine the best plan of action or do they just follow the results obtained by the technologist?

3.  What other procedures besides vein problems are treated at your clinic?  What percentage of the total work does evaluation and treatment of veins make up?

4.  Does the clinic handle the entire spectrum of venous disease from severe cases involving skin ulceration to cosmetic spider vein treatment?  If no, why not?

5.  Will you see the physician for the initial visit?  Will the clinic work to make the best use of your valuable time by performing both the initial visit and ultrasound examination on the same day or will you need to make multiple trips to the clinic to find out if you do indeed have a venous problem?

6.  What training does the physician have in interpreting venous ultrasound examinations?  Did their residency program specifically train them in the interpretation and utilization of ultrasound during procedures?  Are they a registered vascular technologist?

7.  Has the physician demonstrated dedication to the treatment of venous disorders (also known as phlebology) by membership in a professional organization dedicated to the treatment of venous disorders such as The American College of Phlebology?

8.  How does the clinic work to preauthorize treatment with your insurance company?  
Will they help with the appeals process?

9.  Will the physician that I meet be the one to perform my treatment and be available for questions after my procedure?

If you are happy with the answers to these questions, you've probably found a reputable clinic.  If, on the other hand, you encountered resistance to your questions, evasive or concerning answers, you might want to continue your search.

Dr. Long has received training in Radiology and Interventional Radiology and has extensive experience in utilizing Ultrasound both for diagnostic purposes and for treatment.  Unlike some other physicians offering venous treatment in Arkansas, Dr. Long performs his own evaluation of the venous system in order to have a comprehensive understanding of the specific abnormalities and pattern of reflux present in each patient.