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Will I need these varicose veins later on?

Will I need these varicose veins later on?

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Will I need these (varicose) veins later on? What if I have had previous vein removal, can you treat more veins?

Many patients ask questions regarding the fact that we are treating veins from their body that upon treatment dissolve into the blood, often worried that they will in some way need them later on.  Frequently, a patient will inquire about losing veins that may potentially be needed for something like a heart bypass, or whether (for patients that have had previous vein stripping, etc) they can even remove any more veins.  

While it is true that procedures such as heart bypass require veins that may be treated during common varicose endovenous-laser-ablationvein procedures like endovenous laser ablation, the veins that are treated during such EVLA procedures are no longer able to perform their proper function.  Bulging varicose veins are actually useless to heart surgeons as they are already diseased unhealthy veins.  When veins become varicose the valves that normally help pump blood back to the heart break, eliminating their use within the body. In fact, the proper treatment of these veins actually improves the body’s circulation and immediately redirects the blood flow towards properly functioning veins.  

Moreover, the venous system is a vast network of interconnected veins with much built-in redundancy with nearly 400 times the amount of veins actually needed.  Additionally, the only veins generally treated are superficial veins, and are of minor importance even when they are healthy.

It is important to remember that vein disease is real disease and requires immediate medical attention regardless if you have pain.

The Importance of finding 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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