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Getting Varicose Vein Treatment While Pregnant

Why waiting to treat your Varicose Veins may have Negative side effects for later pregnancies. A Patient’s Perspective.

Although it may be common to hear your doctor say that you should wait until you are completely finished having children before treating your varicose or spider veins, the truth is you may be getting the wrong advice.  As we have seen in the last few articles, there are many common misconceptions or myths about varicose vein treatment, and why waiting to treat them may cause needless suffering or more serious side effects down the road. In this article we will hear from a patient about her experience with varicose veins through pregnancy.  While many patients do not prohibit from sharing their names, unless otherwise requested these stories will remain anonymous. Our patient’s share their stories with you out of a desire to educate more people who may have potential issues with vein disease so that they may seek relief before the disease gets worse.

Our next patient, as mentioned, is female, mid 30’s and has given birth to 3 children, and will be referred to as Karen. Karen, common to many women who have given birth, did not actually notice any signs or symptoms of varicose veins during her first pregnancy. However, during her second pregnancy she started to notice bulging veins and patches of spider veins. She recalls many restless nights tossing in her bed from Restless Legs and often needed to get out of bed to stretch or move about. Eventually, the pain and swelling became worse and Karen decided to talk to her doctor about her legs. The doctor informed Karen that the increased pressure in her pelvis is most likely the cause of her restless legs, but she may want see a vein specialist when she is finished having children as it would most likely happen again. Fortunately, Karen was referred to Illinois Vein Specialist by a friend who had the same experience. Karen followed her advice and sought a second opinion. Although Karen could not get her legs treated during the pregnancy she was asked to return after the birth. Additionally, Karen was recommended to wear compression stockings for the time being to help reduce some swelling and pain, but was informed that her symptoms would likely persist even after childbirth.

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Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT): Treatment for Varicose Veins

Everything you Need to Know about Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT): The Modern Treatment for Vein Disease-Varicose Vein Removal.

For more than a century, varicose veins have affected the lives of many, but during this time the available methods to treat vein disease - removing the abnormal saphenous veins- involved a surgical procedure called vein stripping. Although, vein stripping provided a means of relief, it was generally reserved for the most severe cases as the treatment was somewhat barbaric in nature and the documented failure rate for this type of surgery was, and continues to be, anywhere from 30-80% in one to five years post operation.  That meant that patients were almost guaranteed to have to endure the painful procedure more than once, and occasionally was performed multiple times before the varicose veins were removed entirely.

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The Importance of Seeing a Vein Expert for Your Varicose Veins

Consult a  Board Certified Doctor in the Field of Medicine they actually Practice! 

_BCS6901-Edit.jpgBeing an expert in the field of vein disease means knowing how to do Endovenous Laser Therapy or Ablation, doing it well, and when to do it. These things don not come from moonlighting or practicing another specialty while treating varicose and spider veins on the side.

They come from specialization and certification - steps that dedicated physicians take to master and demonstrate their expertise. They take the time to care about what they practice and the ways their knowledge (or lack thereof) will affect those they treat.

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What to expect in your initial consultation for varicose veins

Scheduling an Initial Consultation for Varicose Veins at Illinois Vein Specialists. What to Expect.

Initial Consultation for Varicose VeinsIn order to begin your treatment at Illinois Vein Specialists, it is important to schedule a consultation. During the initial consultation for varicose veins, there will be a few things that take place: a careful review of your medical or clinical history, a physical examination of your veins using a doppler duplex ultrasound, and a discussion with you to answer any questions you may have regarding your symptoms, treatment and/or follow ups, including insurance coverage and medical letters of necessity.  These steps will allow our certified staff, and myself, to better asses your particular needs and inform you of the best option(s) for treating your varicose or spider veins.

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