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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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New Technologies Dispel Old Myths Surrounding Varicose Vein Treatment


A lot of the myths associated with vein disease are rooted in the antiquated practice of vein stripping. Vein stripping was the primary way to treat varicose veins before new technologies developed that proved to be safer and more effective at treating varicose veins. Read on to find out more about vein stripping and new technologies:

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What Is Deductible, Coins, Copay, OOPM? Video.

The end of the year inevitably brings a lot of questions regarding insurance coverage and varicose vein treatment. Our insurance specialist Janelle Watson explain a few insurance-related terms in this helpful video.

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Can chronic Venous hypertension cause more serious health problems? Video.


High blood pressure in the veins (venous hypertension) is caused by the breaking of valves inside the legs and pelvis. This causes increased blood pressure in the veins which leads to chronic venous hypertension and varicose veins. The video below explains the more serious health problems that chronic venous hypertension can cause if left untreated:

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Why Pain Is Not The Best Indicator Of Varicose Vein Disease


The other day I was talking with a woman that said her mother has had varicose vein for as long as she could remember, but she never considered treatment because she never felt pain. This is a comment I hear from a lot of people and is common in the way we view a lot of medical ailments. We usually only seek help or treatment once something is causing us physical pain. However, varicose veins are a medical condition that needs to be treated regardless if pain is a symptom or not.

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How Does Insurance Work for Varicose Vein Treatment? Video.

We are often asked about insurance coverage for varicose vein treatment, especially as the end of the year is upon us. As of now, we accept United Healthcare (Dr. Rivard), Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and Aetna (Dr. Kanehann). Our insurance specialist, Janelle Watson, explains the approval process in the video below. At Illinois Vein Specialists, we know that varicose vein treatment is a medical procedure and work with our patients to ensure they get the most coverage from their provider as possible. 

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