As a vein doctor I notice varicose and spider veins not only on my patients, but everywhere I go. Because I have expertise in treating vein disease you might think I am biased, but I assure you I see them in a large portion of the population. This happens mostly during summertime when the weather is hot and people are wearing shorts and dresses. The other day I was at lunch and noticed what looked like a grandma and her granddaughter eating lunch and noticed that the grandmother had varicose and spider veins on her legs. What I wondered to myself was: What percent of the U.S. population actually gets treated for vein disease?
According to the American College of Phlebology, about half of the U.S. population has vein disease in their legs. This amounts to between 50-55% of females and 40-45% of males. Of those affected by vein disease, between 20-25% of females and 10-15% of males have visible vein issues.
While the number of individuals affected by vein disease is staggering, what's even more staggering is the difference between how many are affected by vein disease and how many seek treatment. Exact numbers have yet to be gathered, but we do know that the majority of patients suffering from vein disease are sorely uneducated about the newer, less invasive, and less painful methods of treating varicose and spider veins.
The baby bombers who make up the majority of the aging population are all too familiar with the old treatment method of vein stripping, which was incredibly painful and unpleasant, and worst of all, often unsuccessful. For good reason, vein stripping has left a large proportion on the population with a sour taste in their mouth.
Today's methods are less invasive and much more effective. Because insurance covers varicose vein treatment, many patients are able to find affordable solutions to their veinproblems.
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At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the medicine and the specialized practice of Phlebology (the treatment of vein and lymphatic disease) as we do our patients. We focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and 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 physician.