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Dr. Stephen Rivard

Medical Director and Founder of Illinois Vein Specialists -- Board Certified in Phlebology, i.e. the diagnosis and treatment of varicose and spider veins.
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Why are compression stocking used for varicose vein treatment? Video.

Compression socks are often used to help reduce swelling and potential bruising before and after varicose vein treatment. They can be worn under your clothing and provide support for the circulatory system.

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Why Board Certification is a Must for Vein Treatment.


There’s a misconception out there that vein disease is a cosmetic problem not requiring proper medical attention, however, vein disease is, first and foremost, a circulatory disease and frequently the result of genetics. If left untreated, varicose veins could lead to serious side effects, like deep vein thrombosis, venous ulcerations, restless legs and more.

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Can not treating your varicose veins lead to health concerns later in life? Video

Dr. Rivard answers a very common question that many patients ask when coming to our office - can waiting to treat your veins cause health issues later in life? Outlining the important reasons to seek treatment early rather than waiting. The answer is absolutely yes, in fact, patients with untreated varicose veins can suffer from venous ulcerations, deep vein thrombosis, and even congestive heart failure.

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Do diet and exercise affect your varicose veins? Video

Dr. Rivard explains the effects of diet and exercise on varicose veins.

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Why are compression stocking used for varicose vein treatment?

Dr. Rivard explains the benefits of using compression socks after getting varicose vein treatment. Compression socks help reduce swelling, help to promote circulation, and 

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