For over three decades Illinois Veins Specialists has been a pioneer in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of varicose and spider veins, bringing relief to thousands of vein sufferers like you.
If you’re suffering from varicose veins or spider veins, it’s important that you seek the proper treatment. Varicose veins are especially dangerous. People have been led to believe that they only pose a cosmetic concern when in reality, they’re caused by an underlying venous circulatory problem called venous hypertension. Venous hypertension is when you have high blood pressure inside of the vein, which causes the valves to break or become damaged. Over time, this damage can become severe and lead to serious complications and is one reason that varicose veins occur disproportionately on the lower extremities.
When you’re standing up, gravity exerts a downward pull on the blood inside of your veins and your body has to work against this force to pump blood upwards. When your veins aren’t working properly, circulation suffers. The valves break and the pressure on subsequent valves increases. This leads to the complete breakdown of a vein, which results in a varicose vein. To make sure that you’re treating your varicose veins properly and improving your body’s circulation, talk to an Algonquin vein doctor at Illinois Vein Specialists today.
Vein disease is one of the most misunderstood diseases that plague Americans. Most people who suffer from varicose veins only see them as a cosmetic concern. They don’t understand the underlying danger that’s presented with vein disease. In reality, varicose veins can lead to chronic pain, fatigue, swelling, discomfort, venous ulcers, edemas, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT)—a serious, sometimes fatal condition.
If you have varicose veins, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Close to 1/3 of the adult population in the United States suffers from some sort of vascular disease. Even if you live a healthy lifestyle, you can still be affected. 80% of varicose veins cases are hereditary and the only way to eradicate them is through treatment. Algonquin vein specialists at Illinois Vein Specialists can treat your varicose veins and rid you of dangerous vein disease.
Pregnancy is another main contributor to the development of varicose veins. That’s because of the relationship between hormones, added weight as your baby develops, and the onset of vein diseased. While there are some people that believe you should wait until after your pregnancy to treat varicose veins, the repair process is non-invasive and completely safe for expecting mothers. In fact, when you one varicose vein, that affected vein has a near impossible chance of recurring again. You can still develop new varicose veins, but there’s no evidence supporting benefits of waiting.
As you get older vein disease becomes more prominent and persistent. The natural wear and tear on vein valves can breakdown and exasperate symptoms. Luckily, you can see a vein doctor in Algonquin at any age, risk-free.
If you notice any symptoms of vein disease, it’s important to see a board-certified vein specialist as soon as possible. Symptoms of vein disease may present themselves as varicose veins, spider veins, swelling of the legs or lower extremities, an achy sensation in the leg, heaviness, leg cramps, fatigue, leg rashes, thickening of the skin, slow or non-healing wounds, ulcerations, skin discoloration, restless leg syndrome, and even hair loss. Don’t hesitate to see your doctor if you notice one or more of those symptoms. The treatment for vein disease is no longer painful and boasts an extremely high success rate.
While many patients had to endure the painful procedure of vein stripping in the past, modern technology and advancements in venous and lymphatic medicine have eradicated the need for stripping. Now, physicians will use Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT), Sclerotherapy, or Intense Pulse Light (IPL) therapy to treat varicose veins and spider veins in a virtually pain-free manner.
EVLT only requires local analgesia and once the treatment is finished, you can immediately return to your regular activities. There’s no downtime and the healing process begins the moment you stand up after the procedure. It works by delivering a specific wavelength of laser energy that’s focused on the affected vein. This wavelength causes the vein to close, which allows your body to reabsorb it into your system. While this might sound strange, it’s a process that happens continually throughout development. Your body will automatically reroute your blood flow to other, healthier veins. EVLT is done on only a localized area so that no healthy veins are affected in the process.
Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a sclerosing agent, which causes initial inflammation that leads to the destruction of the blood vessel lining. This leads to a hardening effect, which eventually closes the entire vein. Similar to with EVLT results, your body then reabsorbs the damaged vein and directs your blood flow to healthier veins. Your spider veins will slowly start to disappear until they’re no longer visible. If you have surface level spider veins, your vein specialist may recommend using IPL as an alternative procedure.
Dr. Stephen Rivard founded Illinois Vein Specialists in 2009. It’s known as a dedicated Center of Excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. Dr. Rivard is one of the earliest board-certified emergency physicians and co-directed the Good Shepherd Hospital Emergency Department for 28 years. He began his career in the developing filed of venous and lymphatic medicine in 2006 and became board-certified in 2008 when it was becoming a recognized specialty. Dr. Rivard’s extensive background has made him into one of the top vein specialists Algonquin residents have come to know and trust.
Illinois Vein Specialists employs a dozen physicians, medical technicians, ultrasound specialists, and administrative personnel who are dedicated to providing outstanding client-care using state-of-the-art medical equipment and techniques. We’ve helped over 10,000 patients in the Chicagoland area and have developed a long-standing reputation as an exempla Venous and Lymphatic Center of Excellence. If you’re looking for a convenient vein treatment center Algonquin residents love, give us a call at Illinois Vein Specialists today at 847-277-9100 or start scheduling your consultation online.
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