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The truth about varicose vein treatment myths exposed.

The truth about varicose vein treatment myths exposed.

Posted on November 21, 2016 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Despite the overwhelming prevalence of vein disease, there is a serious lack of understanding about its symptoms and treatment. The devoted physicians at Illinois Vein Specialists recognize the need for raising awareness about vein disease, so we will be dispelling the most common and detrimental myths about its effects and treatment over the next several months. 

 EVLT.jpgOne common myth that many patients still hear is that even if they have their legs treated and rid themselves of varicose veins, the treatment is merely temporary in nature and will recur later.  The truth is that this used to be true. Yes, older techniques of treatment involved procedures that required hospital settings and long recovery times (often two or more weeks). This was the result of inferior techniques - most commonly vein stripping - in which physicians would essentially pull the veins right out the legs. Yeah, even the sound of it hurts, and in fact would actually cause damage more times than resolve the underlying venous disorders. As a result, the damaged veins would often scar over and cause more venous insufficiencies in other areas of the vascular system.

Fortunately, varicose vein treatment methods have dramatically improved since this time (albeit some still practice the older technique) and have allowed patients to not only recover, but do so in the comfort of a clinical setting and return back to normal activities the same day. That's because modern day treatment of varicose veins, including state-of-the-art treatments like ultrasound-guided endovenous laser therapy and sclerotherapy are better organized, safer, and more efficient than ever before. They are non-invasive and generally pose little risk for complications during recovery. Procedures like endovenous laser therapy allow physicians to treat varicose veins at their source.  These newer techniques are more effective, less painful, and require little to no downtime. Your physician will explain detailed aftercare instructions and answer any questions you might have that are specific to your individual case. 

     Seeking Relief from a Board Certified Vein Specialist.

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the  specialized practice and treatment of vein disease as we do our patients, which is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins.  We also 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 vein disease.

Don't suffer needlessly, if you or a loved one has varicose veins, seek the attention of a certified vein specialist today. 

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