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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 Pain Is Not The Best Indicator Of Varicose Vein Disease

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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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What Is IPL or Surface Laser? Video.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a treatment for spider veins that is used as an alternative to more conventional treatment methods like laser treatment. IPL is used primarily for surface veins and requires no downtime. Our sclerotherapist specialist, Nurse Julie Ninow explains more in this video:

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Exercises For Varicose Veins

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Varicose veins often bring symptoms of discomfort, swelling, and sometimes pain to the legs. While many people are able to continue their exercise routine despite varicose veins, there are a few low impact exercises that are specifically beneficial to add to any workout routine if you are suffering from varicose veins.

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6 myths about varicose vein treatment

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A quick Google search of "vein treatment" will return mountains of information about natural ways to cure varicose veins. These range from topical creams like Invisi-Vein to food you can ingest like horse chestnut extract. While these remedies may seem like a better alternative than getting a procedure, the unfortunate reality is that natural remedies can't cure vein disease once it is already present.

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