Five things to consider before you start a vein clinic: 2020 update

By Aaron Mauck, Senior Director, and Jordan Sanford, Analyst

CV programs are increasingly looking to vein clinics to manage a growing concern in the US. It is estimated that 23% of all US adults experience varicose veins, which can impact quality of life by causing pain, itching, and swelling, and in more severe cases can make standing and walking difficult. Varicose veins are also a risk factor for chronic venous insufficiency, which affects an estimated 40% of people in the US and can result in venous ulcers that may lead to amputation or even death.

Given the high incidence rate of venous disease and that these conditions can be treated with ablation or sclerotherapy techniques in outpatient clinics, the demand for venous treatments is strong and growing. Vein ablations increased 67% between 2011 and 2015—the largest procedural increase in the CV space—making dedicated vein clinics an increasingly popular investment among CV programs to better treat and manage this growing patient population.

Vein clinics generally specialize in less severe manifestations of venous disease, ranging from purely cosmetic conditions like spider veins, to conditions with cosmetic and medical consequences like varicose veins, to conditions with significant medical consequences like venous ulcers and pelvic venous reflux. Although vein clinics can be housed in either the hospital or a medical office, relatively minimal equipment and staffing requirements make them particularly suitable for the office-based setting.

Before starting a vein clinic, programs must consider several factors to ensure a positive impact on patient care and hospital performance. Here are five key considerations.

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