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 suffer from varicose veins or spider veins, chances are that you’ve wanted to do something about them for a while. Even without the presence of painful symptoms, they can affect your life drastically. Varicose and spider veins can cause low self-confidence and lead to a reduction in activities that you love. While it’s always empowering to show off your legs, the problem with varicose veins and spider veins goes deeper than cosmetic concerns. The Vernon Hills vein specialists at Illinois Vein Specialists are here to help you eradicate your unsightly varicose veins and spider veins and make sure that your vascular system is healthy.
Luckily, you don’t have to travel far from your home to find experienced, board-certified vein specialists in Vernon Hills. Illinois Vein Specialists’ office is conveniently located in the Chicagoland area so you can access exceptional care in close proximity to your home.
Varicose veins are one of the most under-treated and misunderstood physical ailments that people suffer from. With close to 33% of the population suffering from some sort of vascular disease, it’s never been more important to spread awareness. Only about 1 in 25 people who suffer from varicose veins seek treatment. The remaining 24 out of 25 people are walking around, putting themselves at risk for serious complications. We’re not completely sure why more people don’t seek treatment, but we believe it’s because of misconceptions or fear of pain and high medical bills.
While a lot of people think that varicose veins are only cosmetic concerns, they’re a sign that your vein has stopped working properly. The appearance of varicose veins is due to blood pooling in the affected area due to higher vein pressure that’s caused by malfunctioning valves. When left untreated, varicose veins can cause ongoing pain, fatigue, and swelling that debilitates your quality of life. As veins get progressively worse, you’re at a higher risk for developing an edema, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and venous ulcers. An edema occurs when there’s an excess of watery fluid that collects in the leg tissue. DVT is when a blood clot forms in the leg and if not addressed, this can lead to a fatal pulmonary embolism. Venous ulcers form on your lower extremities, causing chronic wound that require ongoing care and are painful to the touch. Varicose veins, and vein disease in general, will not get better when ignored—they’ll only get worse. The only way to make sure that you prioritize your health and reduce complications is to get your varicose veins treated by a board-certified vein specialist.
If you’re worried about medical bills, talk to your insurance provider. Many people are surprised to learn that due to the severity of varicose veins, treatment is usually covered in some regard by their insurance. By better understanding your coverage, you’ll be more likely to seek treatment in a timely manner.
The treatment of varicose veins and spider veins used to involve painful procedures that lacked substantiated results. Now, Illinois Vein Specialists use contemporary treatment of vascular disease to successfully treat varicose veins and spider veins without any pain and with a virtually non-existent recovery period. Thanks to the emergence of The American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine in 2007, vein stripping is a thing of the past. Modern treatment by a board-certified venous and lymphatic physician utilizes three primary treatments to eradicate varicose veins and spider veins.
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) is a procedure that’s proven to close varicose veins and restore your vascular health without using painful, unsuccessful methods. When a patient undergoes EVLT, they’ll immediately experience improved circulation and the varicose vein will slowly start to disappear. EVLT is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a combination of ultrasounds and lasers to target affected veins. The ultrasound allows our vein doctor in Vernon Hills to see inside of the vein so that it can be closed off. EVLT delivers just the right wavelength of laser energy to the affected vein so that it closes off completely. Once the vein is closed, your body will begin to automatically re-route the blood to other, healthier veins. Eventually your body reabsorbs the varicose vein and the appearance slowly fades. Illinois Vein Specialists’ board-certified physicians can perform this procedure in less than an hour, after which, you’re encouraged to continue your normal activities. EVLT works immediately to reverse venous hypertension and healing begins the second the procedure is finished.
Sclerotherapy is a method used to treat spider veins quickly and efficiently. It works by injecting a solution called a sclerosing agent to harden the lining of the blood vessel, eventually causing it to close. Most spider veins are close to your skin’s surface. These surface level spider veins can be easily treated. However, deeper spider vein problems require the use of an ultrasound for precision. By using ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, the physicians at Illinois Vein Specialists will be able to accurately target the problematic vein and guide the injection to the correct location. Once the sclerosing agent begins to work, your spider veins will start to shrink and eventually be reabsorbed into your body. The results are seen almost immediately and there is no downtime required.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment is an alternative option for the treatment of surface level spider veins. It combines a targeted light with a controlled amount of heat delivered through various pulses to the vein to essentially break down the affected vein so that it’s reabsorbed into your body. While some people say that the pulsing causes a slight pinching sensation, the discomfort is minor, and the results are well worth it.
If you’re looking for a Vernon Hills vein doctor, call the board-specialized physicians at Illinois Vein Specialists today. Our staff is filled with venous and lymphatic specialists and we only use state-of-the-art medical equipment and systems. To learn more about how we can help you eradicate your varicose veins or spider veins and improve your vascular health, call us today at 847-277-9100.
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