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The Importance of Seeing a Vein Expert for Your Varicose Veins

The Importance of Seeing a Vein Expert for Your Varicose Veins

Posted on September 30, 2013 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

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.

When I first made my way as a practicing physician, I started working in the Emergency Room and spent the next 25 years running the ER in Barrington, IL. My background in Emergency Medicine has allowed me to see the influence of poor venous circulation, or venous insufficiency. However, simply having this knowledge was not sufficient for me to feel comfortable providing venous care to others.

I have always carried pride in my work and would not offer treatment to others unless I knew that I could provide them with the very best care. When I decided that it was time to make a career change I spent considerable time learning a new practice from the ground up, eventually becoming a member of the first group of physicians to be Board Certified in Venous & Lymphatic Medicine in Illinois (and the U.S.). As I continued to learn and helped develop this new field of medicine, I sought to receive my certification in Vascular Ultrasonography (the key diagnostic tool used in treating varicose veins and spider veins).

As the implications of vein disease have become better understood by the medical profession, being a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Physician gives me a more complete understanding of how to treat vein disease.  At Illinois Vein Specialists, we often treat hundreds of patients from many of the surrounding areas (i.e. Palatine, Elgin, Lake Zurich, and Algonquin to name a few) who have received treatment from doctors that are not specialized in vein disease. As a result of the lack of training and expertise in their previous doctor's treatments, these patients have suffered needlessly.  

While Venous & Lymphatic disease is one of the newest sub specialties in medicine (established in 2008), it is unfortunate that many doctors outside the specialty continue to treat varicose veins using antiquated methods like vein ligation and vein stripping. Because many patients remain unaware of the potential complications these treatments can cause to their underlying vein disease, they risk receiving subpar treatment.  

Moreover, it is important to remember that vein disease is real disease. Therefore, it is critical to seek treatment from doctors who understand the implications of varicose veins and have undergone the required training to treat this disease inside and out.


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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 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.




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