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Do Varicose Veins Come Back After Treatment?

Do Varicose Veins Come Back After Treatment?

Posted on July 13, 2015 by Dr. Stephen Rivard


A common question that we are asked by patients is whether after treating their varicose veins do they ever return later on.  The answer is this - if treated properly by a trained physician at the source of the problem - then no they will not return (less than a 2% chance).

The question is more frequently asked by older patients based on the notion that when they were younger the treatment of varicose veins involved something known as “vein stripping.” Either seeking treatment for a second time themselves after receiving vein stripping or hearing of a family member (often a parent) tell stories, the fear was real as was the recurrence of the disease.

Vein stripping has since become an antiquated method for treating varicose veins, but the reason the disease would recur was due to the way that the veins were harshly removed from the body. The veins were literally “stripped” out of the legs frequently causing damage to the surrounding tissue and veins, which would eventually lead to their recurrence later in life.

Newer treatment methods for varicose and spider veins has become much less invasive while at the same time more effective. Additionally, using procedures like endovenous laser therapy allow the treating physician to treat your varicosities at the source.  The non-invasive procedure gently guides a smaller fiber into the damaged veins and heats sealing the veins as it is removed. The treated veins then dissolve naturally into the blood stream.

Not only are these newer techniques more effective, they are less painful, and require no downtime.

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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, 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 (formerly known as Phlebologist).

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