Northbrook Vein Clinic

Safe and Affordable Vein Treatments at Our Clinic

If you would like to eliminate unwanted veins that are showing through your skin, you should look at the safe and affordable vein treatments available at our state-of-the-art Chicago area vein clinic. Problem veins typically come in one of two forms: varicose and spider veins. The two conditions can be similar in cause, but the differences can be significant as well. Spider veins develop in the smaller vessels that branch out from larger ones. They often form on the face, but they are common on the legs and chest as well. Varicose veins develop in larger vessels and are typically found in the legs. One of the most common causes for their development is a failure of the valves that are inside the veins. These valves are there to act as one-way “check valves” that keep the blood flowing in the correct direction: upwards, towards the heart. If they were not there, forces like the pull of gravity could cause the blood to flow in a downward direction away from the heart. If the valves in the veins fail to function properly, the blood in the vessels can back up and start to pool. This creates added pressure inside the veins. As a result, they may enlarge and become varicose. Varicose veins can have profound effects on patients: aesthetic as well as symptom-related. Many people seek affordable vein treatment at our clinic simply for the sake of appearance. However, varicose veins can produce uncomfortable symptoms such as chronic heaviness, ache, cramping, swelling, itching and restless legs. These symptoms are often worse at the end of the day. They are especially noted in patients whose jobs require them to stand all day: teachers, cashiers, hair stylists, factory workers, etc. They may also increase the risks of other health problems as well, such as bleeding episodes and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Spider veins typically impact the appearance only. This, however, is often enough to impact a patient’s self-esteem and may keep people from doing things they enjoy and wearing the clothes they love. Affordable Vein Treatment in Illinois At Rosen Vein Care, […]

Non-Surgical Vein Treatments: What are the Benefits?

When you have varicose or spider veins, it may be difficult to get excited about a day at the beach or a new pair of shorts. Not only do these veins affect you personally, but they are also sometimes painful and can lead to other health problems. Non-surgical vein treatments are safe, affordable and convenient procedures that can address the issues caused by venous issues like spider veins or varicose veins. A Look at Varicose Veins Some common causes include the following: • Loss of vein elasticity due to aging • Hormone changes • High venous pressure • Genetics • Standing or sitting for long periods of time The Disadvantages of Surgical Vein Treatment Vein ligation and stripping used to be a common remedy for varicose veins. The procedure is invasive and has potential adverse effects. Now, there are alternative treatments that are safe, effective and comfortable ways to get rid of these veins without the need for surgery. Common Non-Surgical Vein Treatments There are several non-surgical methods of vein treatment, but some of the most commonly used are sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a special solution that causes the problem veins to close, shrivel up and fade away over time. Endovenous laser ablation uses laser energy to generate heat which seals problematic veins shut permanently. The veins eventually shrink, collapse and get absorbed by the body naturally. The Benefits of Non-Surgical Vein Treatments There are overwhelming advantages to treating varicose and spider veins without surgery. Some of the main benefits of non-surgical vein treatments include: • Less discomfort • Little or no recovery time • No need for general anesthesia nor sedation • Reduced risk of complications • Convenience If you are dealing with problematic spider or varicose veins, make an appointment at Rosen Vein Care in Northbrook. Dr. Rosen can recommend the treatment option that’s ideal for you. Don’t let varicose and spider veins keep you from the opportunity of feeling and looking better. If you’re in the Chicago area, contact our office today to schedule a consultation for non-surgical vein treatments.

Clarivein® Coverage by Insurance: A Change is Gonna Come!

Recently I was sitting on the couch with my kids as they watched an educational cartoon that explained how airplanes fly.  Evidently, there are four forces at play: thrust and lift, which move the plane forward and up, respectively…and these are opposed by drag and weight, which push back and down, respectively. It’s actually a great analogy for progress in the field of vein treatment. The past two decades have seen some amazing breakthroughs in the treatment of chronic superficial vein disease. There has been a shift from more invasive, surgical procedures to minimally-invasive, ultrasound-guided techniques. Each time a new technique is developed, our ability to treat patients is thrust forward. Physicians’ and patients’ spirits get a lift with the expectation of improvements in comfort and effectiveness. But…we have to temper our excitement with the weight of scientific proof: we need to collect data and determine whether “new” really equals “better”. In the case of the state-of-the-art vein treatments (which I provide at my Chicago area vein clinic, Rosen Vein Care) called Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) and Clarivein®, I think we are soaring miles above the surgical treatments of the past. More than a decade of evidence about EVLA and about five years of data on Clarivein® continue to demonstrate that patient outcomes and comfort have been improved. So far, our analogy has used thrust, lift and weight…I bet you’re wondering what the drag is, right? Well, the drag seems to be getting insurers to recognize that these new treatments are indeed better…and therefore should be coverable under their policies. It took quite a bit of time to move insurers away from surgical vein stripping and toward minimally-invasive endovenous thermal ablation. Unlike surgical stripping, endovenous thermal techniques leave the problematic veins in place and instead close them from the inside using heat to seal them shut. These procedures are able to be done in an outpatient office setting and do not require any sedation…my patients and I chat and listen to music during procedures! Since these techniques use heat…generated from a laser fiber or radiofrequency catheter…they require a dilute solution […]

Varicose and Spider Veins FAQ

What are Varicose Veins & Spider Veins? Varicose Veins are enlarged, often twisty veins that bulge from the surface of the skin. Most commonly on the legs & thighs. Spider Veins are smaller, web-like collections of veins. They can be varying shades of red or blue. Although mostly isolated abnormalities, they can also be the “tip of the iceberg” of significant underlying venous disease. What causes Varicose Veins & Spider Veins? Frequently, issues in larger, deeper veins, which live unseen beneath the surface, can be the root cause of surface abnormalities. The “job” of leg veins is to help channel flow back up to the heart. Since they have to work against gravity, leg muscles are used to “pump” the flow upward. This flow is kept moving in a one-way, upward direction by means of venous valves. Valve malfunction can lead to wrong-way, downward flow or Reflux. Chronic reflux stretches veins living at the surface often to the point of bulging. Chronic reflux can also lead to chronic leg symptoms. Symptoms are often worse after prolonged standing/sitting. What are some common symptoms of chronic venous disease? Heaviness Tired legs Swelling Cramps “Restless” legs Chronic red/brown discoloration, mainly at the lower legs How common are Varicose & Spider Veins? Extremely! About half of men and women in the US will have some form of venous disease in their lifetime. What are risk factors for developing Varicose & Spider Veins? Genetics: If one/both parents have significant vein disease, you are more likely to develop superficial venous issues. Vein disease affects both Men & Women. Pregnancies: Each pregnancy can increase the risk of developing worsening vein issues due to extra pressure on vein valves and increased stretching of veins. Other factors, such as increasing age, obesity and lack of exercise can also play a role. What are some of the treatments for Varicose & Spider veins? Is surgery required? No, surgery is no longer the mainstay of superficial vein treatments. State-of-the-art care of underlying significant, superficial vein disease includes minimally-invasive procedures such as Endovenous Laser Ablation, Clarivein® and VenaSeal® procedures. Varicose and Spider […]