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New Treatments for Treating Varicose Veins Replace Older Methods.

New Treatments for Treating Varicose Veins Replace Older Methods.

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Treating Varicose Veins the Right Way. No More Vein Stripping.


There are often many reasons for seeking treatment of your varicose or spider veins as result of venous insufficiency or venous hypertension. Updates in technology, however, have made this decision easier and I will tell you why. The practice of Phlebology (treating varicose and spider veins) is constantly evolving allowing for newer more innovative opportunities to treat your veins in a much safer, more efficient, and less invasive manner.

Frequently patients will ask, "I've had vein stripping before and the veins came back. How is your treatment different?" The answer is this: traditionally, doctors removing veins used a common surgical procedure known as vein stripping. This surgery was lengthy and often considered to be somewhat dangerous as patients were at risk of developing medical complications such as blood clots, infections in the leg, and even numbness from nerve damage. Moreover, the results from performing vein stripping were poor with recurrence rates of developing varicose veins down the road were around 50%. Additionally, because of the invasive aspects involved in vein stripping, the frequent complications, and the requirement of general or spinal anesthetic, these particular operations usually were performed in a hospital setting with long recovery periods. Thus, this surgery was really only recommended for the more severe cases of venous insufficiency.

Varicose_vein_consultationEventually, less invasive procedures were developed to treat vein disease, such as Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) and the use of the Doppler duplex ultrasound. The key to modern, effective treatment of varicose veins is using duplex ultrasound. This is performed having the patient in the standing position, to completely map out the size and location of all of your deviant diseased veins, many of which are often underneath the skin are not visible. By utilizing the ultrasound to essentially see these hidden disease veins, the Board Certified Phlebologist can isolate and then eliminate the root cause of most of your varicose vein recurrences. This is the reason that if you had vein stripping done in the past you may develop varicose veins in the future, because unless you had a complete vein ultrasound mapping in the standing position prior to your surgery, chances are the surgeon left behind some of the diseased veins, allowing your problem of varicose veins to come back. In addition to the benefits and thorough analysis that an ultrasound can provide, performing the much less invasive EVLT allows the patient a relatively quick non-surgical outpatient procedure that can be performed in office specializing in the removal and treatment varicose and spider veins. These modern procedures require no downtime, minimal to no pain and the patient can be back to work later that day if needed.

Seeking Relief from a Board Certified Phlebologist

It is important to remember that vein disease is real disease; it’s actually high blood pressure in the venous system. And just like arterial high blood pressure, it requires medical intervention now— whether or not you have pain!

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the medicine and the specialized practice of Phlebology as we do our patients. We focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and treat patients in Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, 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 Phlebologist.


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