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What is a Phlebologist?



You might have heard the term before, however, if you haven’t, then we are here to clear up what a phlebologist really is! A phlebologist is a medical specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of venous (vein) origin. The specialty of phlebology typically features doctors with a background in dermatology, vascular surgery, hematology, or general medicine. Diagnostic techniques used include gathering a patients medical history, a physical examination, venous imaging and laboratory evaluation related to venous thromboembolism.


A significant part of a phlebologist’s work is involved with the treatment of superficial venous disease, such as spider and varicose veins, which typically appear on the leg. Other conditions treated by a phlebologist include treating venous stasis ulcers, deep vein thrombosis, and venous malformations. Becoming a certified phlebologist requires extensive training in the U.S. To become a certified phlebologist, licensed physicians with documented experience in treating veins can take a test by the American Board of Phlebology, which addresses knowledge of both venous diseases and health.


At the Reno Vein Clinic, both Dr. Merchant and Dr. Daake are certified plebologists, providing their patients with the upmost care and treatment. Their specialty in vein related disorders and diseases makes them the experts on all things vein related. If you would like to learn more about phebology, you can visit the American College of Phlebology to learn more,, or call the Reno Vein Clinic and schedule a consultation at (775) 329-3100.

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