Vein disease, specifically varicose and spider veins, can develop as a result of many different factors like heredity, pregnancy, or lifestyle. Vein valves which should be directing blood back to the heart stop functioning, causing blood to pool in the leg creating painful and unsightly varicose veins. About 25% of the population has vein disease, but it is estimated that only about 1 in 25 of those who suffer from varicose and spider veins actually seek treatment.
Unfortunately, all too many people believe that varicose and spider veins are nothing more than a cosmetic concern so they go about their days as usual — without seeking any medical attention. To their surprise and dismay, avoiding treatment commonly leads to more apparent varicose veins, worsening pain and swelling, and tired and achy legs. In more serious situations, patients can develop Edema (an excess of watery fluid collecting in the leg tissue), Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clots in the leg), and even venous ulcers.
There are several options for treatment, one of which is a combination of Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT), which involves the use of a small laser that heats and collapses indwelling truncal and varicose veins, supplemented by Ambulatory Phlebectomy (AP) or Microphlebectomy. AP is a minimally invasive procedure to remove large superficial bulging, ropey varicose veins through very small incisions. Advantages include little downtime, no stitches, only local anesthesia is needed, long lasting results, and quick healing time.
This combination of procedures is performed in-office resulting in significant relief from pain and excellent cosmetic results. The patient may experience slight bruising during recovery from the procedure, but they should heal within a week’s time.
If you are experiencing symptoms of vein disease, there is no better time than the present to seek advice and treatment from a vein expert, a Board Certified venous and lymphatic physician like Dr. Rivard or Dr. Kanehann at Illinois Vein Specialists. Come in for a consultation to find out how our treatment options can alleviate all of your vein problems.
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Seeking Relief from a Board Certified Vein Specialist
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 even have patients from Alaska, Ireland, Costa Rica, the Philippines, and Sienna Italy. As well as patients from Texas, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Michigan, Minnesota, Arkansas, Arizona, Washington, California, New York, New England, Florida, Alabama, Colorado, North Carolina, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, and Connecticut.
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.