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Why Board Certification is a Must for Vein Treatment.

Why Board Certification is a Must for Vein Treatment.

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Dr. Stephen Rivard


There’s a misconception out there that vein disease is a cosmetic problem not requiring proper medical attention, however, vein disease is, first and foremost, a circulatory disease and frequently the result of genetics. If left untreated, varicose veins could lead to serious side effects, like deep vein thrombosis, venous ulcerations, restless legs and more.

Fortunately, the treatment of vein disease has gotten much better than what older generations may remember. You can be in and out, pain-free and back to your daily routine in no time if the clinic is state-of-the-art and the treating physician is certified to be treating you disease.

In the past, treatment was half guesswork and involved the ‘blind’ stripping of veins. The surgery took two to three hours and required several months of recovery time. It was a terrible procedure done blindly. Today, however, the procedure has been perfected and simplified and has a 98 percent success rate.

Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), for example, is one of the most effective and current standards for vein treatment. Doctors no longer needs to guess which vein or which part of the vein needs to be treated. In fact, with the use of Ultrasound technology procedures are minimally-invasive and patients can be out of the office and back to their lives in less than an hour. Rivard says. EVLT works every time and with hardly any pain. The surgery is so safe that anyone can get it, whether they are 15 or 95.

However, one thing we always caution is to make certain your doctor specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. Unfortunately, there are many doctors performing vein surgeries on the side—cardiologists and radiologists, for example, and the results are all across the board.

Medical expertise is highly valuable. For instance, would you come to our clinic for plastic surgery? Then why would you go to a plastic surgeon for a procedure he or she doesn’t specialize in...? It's also not just about the training. Sure you can be trained, but are you certified to do this work, and how many patients have you seen? These are all standard questions you should ask any doctor you see for something specific.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when specifically finding the right vein doctor:

  • Do they have endovenous laser therapy as a treatment option?
  • Do they treat and diagnose BOTH varicose and spider veins?
  • Do they perform deep vein thrombosis and venous ulcer treatment?
  • Do they use ultrasound guided sclerotherapy?
  • Do they perform various types of spider vein treatment, like surface sclerotherapy?


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. Since opening we have successfully treated over 10,000 patients from around the world.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Glenview, Northbrook, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois and outside of 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.

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