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Finding the Right Varicose Vein Doctor in Illinois

Posted on August 13, 2013 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Several Factors to Consider When Searching for the Right Varicose Vein Doctor.


There are many factors that go into looking for the right doctor.  The most common factors include location, experience and education, and the number of procedures similar to yours performed successfully.  But truthfully, you really want to go to a doctor that you know, like, and trust. You want a doctor who makes you feel comfortable about your particular needs and will be able to address those needs appropriately.  

So how do you find a doctor who can treat your varicose or spider veins that will meet those criteria?  Here are some of the things that you should generally consider:


First, Ask Around 

Consult your friends, your neighbors, people you trust. See what they have to say about their experiences.  A doctor's best source of new patients typically comes from referrals from satisfied patients.


Next, Ask Your Doctor 

Ask your primary physician if they know or recommend any venous and lymphatic physicians who would be able to treat your vein disease.  Keep in mind that the study and practice of venous and lymphatic medicine is one of the newest Board sub-specialties in medicine. Because of this, unless your doctor has recently graduated from medical school or are familiar with the practice, you may come across some inaccurate or even incorrect information regarding your veins.  Most common among these myths is that varicose veins are a non-issue unless they are causing you pain.  This is not only bad information, but it can lead to serious health concerns later on.


Look at some of the more specific reasons when choosing your varicose vein doctor:

  • What Do They Offer?  Does your varicose vein doctor offer the most advanced procedures and equipment available for your varicose and spider veins?  The most effective treatment available today is known as Endovenous Laser Therapy or Ablation (EVLT).  It is almost 100% effective for permanently treating and removing your varicose veins. It is less invasive than other procedures, relatively pain free, and requires fewer procedures on average to achieve desired results than other techniques available. You will additionally want to find a doctor who understands and can also perform sclerotherapy for smaller spider veins.
  • What Experience and Education Do They have? Although you may find the right equipment, the follow up questions should always be, "What education do they have in this field of medicine?" and "How many procedures has this doctor performed using said equipment?" Because this is the newest Board specialty, not all doctors claiming that they can treat your varicose veins are actually doctors who specialize specifically in this field.  It is important to find a doctor who is a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic physician. Vascular surgeons, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and cardiovascular surgeons may have experience treating varicose or spider veins, but are not necessarily practicing specifically and entirely in treating varicose and spider veins.  This is an important difference to note because varicose veins is real disease (known as "venous hypertension" or "venous insufficieny") and therefore deserves the attention of a specialist (and so do you).  Additionally, it is important for your doctor to be certified in using a Doppler Duplex ultrasound, which is the key diagnostic tool for treating varicose and spider veins.  Lastly, if your vein doctor is a venous and lymphatic physician by trade, they should perform these procedures fairly regularly, not just 50 times a year, but several hundred.
  • How Specialized are they: One last note. Make sure that your doctor knows how to perform Microphlebectomy, which is a procedure for removing surface veins and doing so without scarring. Many venous and lymphatic physicians who may be Board certified and have the right equipment often do not know how to perform this procedure. 
Overall, the key is to find a vein doctor who meets all of these factors, not just some of them.  Because in the end if you care enough about how you look and feel to seek treatment for your varicose and spider veins, then there is no reason to be treated by anyone other than a doctor who also cares about venous disease and is willing to take the time to specialize and focus solely on meeting your needs and standards of care.


At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us.  That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Glenview, Northbrook, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. 

We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.



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