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Why Seeing a Vein Specialist for Your Varicose Veins Actually Matters.

Why Seeing a Vein Specialist for Your Varicose Veins Actually Matters.

Posted on August 17, 2015 by Dr. Stephen Rivard


Currently, there are over 80 million people in the U.S. that suffer from underlying venous disease. Therefore, understanding varicose vein disease is becoming increasing important for both physicians and patients alike. As more and more people are beginning to develop an increased awareness of the possible symptoms and side effects of having the disease, one important consideration is whether your doctor is aware. 

Unlike many other specialties, the designated specialty of venous and lymphatic medicine is fairly new - 2008. Many physicians well known in their fields of medicine, never learned about it, and still are unaware of the greater implications of vein disease.  However, there are also many who have begun to see the importance and have incorporated the treatment of varicose and spider veins into their practice. While there are some specialties that make sense - vascular surgeons, etc, there are others that may not have gone through the proper training and certifications to provide the best results.

Vein disease is a real disease recognized by insurance companies as an actual medical condition - not merely a cosmetic concern - and finding the right doctor matters. It is as important as seeking a specialist for foot surgery or even heart disease. If left untreated due to improper or inaccurate diagnosis, vein disease could have serious consequences and cause needless suffering for years.

Some things to considering when finding a vein specialist. Look for someone who has experience and treats only vein disease - varicose and spider veins, venous ulcerations, etc. Make sure that they use an ultrasound for the treatment of your veins, and for the diagnosis and mapping which should be done in the same clinic. Find a doctor that is a member of the American College of Phlebology or is certified in Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. Varicose veins should be treated as soon as you notice the symptoms - with proper treatment the recurrence rates should be close to zero.

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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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