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What Credentials are Required to Treat Varicose Veins?

What Credentials are Required to Treat Varicose Veins?

Posted on February 23, 2015 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Varicose_vein_consultationWhile there are many physicians offering various forms of varicose and spider vein treatment, only few have the required credentials to properly diagnose and effectively treat your venous insufficiency.  As varicose vein treatment has now become one of the newest sub-specialties in medicine newer accreditations and certifications have been created in order to qualify as a trained vein specialist.

The first and most important is receiving board certification for venous and lymphatic medicine from the American Board of Venous and Lympatic Medicine (ABVLM). This certification ensures that the physician has undergone the right training to identify the source of your vein disease, properly diagnosis the symptoms, and perform the various forms of effective treatment options for both varicose and spider veins. These treatment training requirements involve successfully treating a minimum number of patients using both endovenous options such as laser ablation and spider vein treatments like sclerotherapy - before being allowed to sit for the certification examination.

In addition to receiving board certification for venous and lymphatic medicine from the ABVLM, it is also important to find a vein specialist that has been properly trained and certified to use a Doppler Duplex ultrasound.  The Duplex ultrasound is the key diagnostic tool utilized in diagnosing the source of your vein disease and is thus critical for a complete and comprehensive treatment. Not only is the ultrasound used during diagnosis, but it is used during the actual procedure to help guide the laser fiber through the vein to reduce your pain and time for completion.

These credentials are not to be used as a guideline, but rather a non-negotiable starting point for choosing your physician. Other criteria should involve the number of successful treatments the physician has performed, the treatment options available, and testimonials from other patients who have received treatment.  It is important to understand that ineffective treatment can lead to recurrence or worse - more damage and more pain.

It is important to remember that vein disease is real disease and requires immediate attention regardless of your symptoms.


Our Philosophy. Find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.

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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