spider veins

No Mo’ FOMO! Now is the Best Time to Get Your Spider Veins and Varicose Veins Treated

FOMO, or the “fear of missing out”, is that anxious feeling we get when, if we don’t do something in particular, we feel we may be missing something fantastic. As in, “I’m completely exhausted, but if I don’t go to Bob and Betty’s party, I’m going to really miss a good time.” In my case, I actually have FOMO for my patients. Here’s why: Millions of people (literally) suffer from varicose veins and spider veins. They suffer physically from legs that feel tired, heavy and achy as well as swell up, get crampy and throb… and even feel “restless” after standing/sitting for a prolonged period of time. They suffer emotionally from fears of wearing clothes, such as shorts, skirts and swimsuits, that they’d otherwise love to wear. They are apprehensive about moments of intimacy. They suffer needlessly. I fear that many people in the Chicago and North Shore area may be missing out on AMAZING solutions I offer to solve their problems. The state-of-the-art treatments for varicose veins and spider veins that I offer my patients in the Chicago area vein clinic, Rosen Vein Care, are: Safe Effective Convenient: There’s no downtime. Patients can resume most routine activities immediately after treatments. You’ll be fine driving yourself to/from appointments. Comfortable: No sedation is needed. Little or no local anesthetic is required. My patients and I chat and listen to music during treatments. Need to get work done? Need to keep up with the latest news or Facebook posts… or keep binge-watching your favorite Netflix show? No problem, keep your cell phone on you. We have Wi-Fi. Affordable: Many patients are surprised to discover that many treatments may be covered by insurance, including Medicare! For those who are currently uninsured, payment plans can be arranged. We don’t turn anyone away and do our best to make treatments affordable for all! Most of all, we work really hard to make treating your chronic vein issues as pleasant an experience as possible. I used a very simple approach to making this happen: I designed my practice with the principle of “How would I want […]

Rosen Vein Care: A Chicago Area Vein Clinic That Takes A Holistic Approach to Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

I’m a vein doctor…Phlebologist, to be more precise…with a clinic devoted to treating patients with varicose veins and spider veins in the Chicago area. Patients often come to see me in consultation as a “second opinion”. There are plenty (too many?!) other vein clinics around and, being the curious sort of person I am,  I tend to ask people why in particular they decided to seek an alternative. In many cases, people didn’t feel comfortable with the experience because they felt more like a “faceless pair of legs” than a person. They feel like they were rushed through a visit and didn’t have a good understanding of the rationale for the treatments that were recommended. That is PRECISELY why I designed my practice the way I did. Each new patient consultation is scheduled for a one-hour-long appointment slot with me. We spend a great deal of time going over a patient’s past medical history, including family medical issues, too. At my vein clinic, you are more than a pair of legs. Getting to know the whole you can make a whole lot of difference. Here’s a great example of just how much of a difference taking a holistic approach can make in the life of a patient: Recently I saw a patient with pretty typical presenting problems: varicose and spider veins. They were seen at another clinic a few years prior where, after a brief consultation, it was suggested that they have endovenous laser ablation followed by sclerotherapy treatments. The patient didn’t feel comfortable taking the next step at that time and deferred any treatments. During my consultation visit, we learned that the patient has a brother who developed a blood clot in his deep veins of the legs that traveled to the lungs. This is known as a pulmonary embolism (PE) and can be life-threatening. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT’s) and PE’s may happen for a variety of reasons and can be provoked by a number of situations such as prolonged immobility, surgery, critical illness, etc. Things get a lot more interesting when DVT’s and PE’s develop unprovoked and out of the […]

Common Causes of Spider Veins

Have you recently noticed a web of dilated blue or red veins in your legs? Those are likely spider veins, which are caused by an increased pressure inside the blood vessels. They are comparable to varicose veins, but are smaller in size. Although they can appear anywhere on the body, spider veins are most commonly found on the legs and thighs. Along with spider veins being more prevalent with age, heredity is also considered a risk factor. Individuals who stand for long periods, such as teachers, nurses and factory workers, also seem to have a higher incidence of varicose and spider veins. Other risk factors include hormonal influences and multiple pregnancies. You can lower the risk of developing spider veins by reducing the pressure on your legs. So avoid long periods of sitting by taking a walk. If you sit all day at your job, find an opportunity during your break to stretch your legs. The goal is to promote better circulation. Elevate your feet when seated. Compression stockings can also provide support. If the appearance of spider veins keeps you from doing things you love to do, wearing the clothes you want to wear or if they are causing pain, there are affordable, safe, effective and comfortable treatment options available at Rosen Vein Care: serving Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Dr. Rosen strives to deliver the ideal patient experience. Each new patient consultation with Dr. Rosen is scheduled for an hour to ensure that your issues are addressed thoroughly and patiently. In addition, Dr. Rosen spends a great deal of time teaching patients about their vein disease. At the end of the day, since you will be the one to make the decision on whether or not you should have treatment, we want to empower you with knowledge regarding your body so you can make the most educated and informed decisions. If you are looking for a vein clinic in the Chicago area that doesn’t rush you out of the door or pressure you into making decisions, contact Rosen Vein Care today to schedule a consultation. We will happily answer […]

Varicose Veins vs Spider Veins

Varicose Veins vs Spider Veins Varicose veins and spider veins are extremely common and prominent veins that are most often seen in the legs. If you’re trying to figure out what type of veins are causing your discomfort, read on to learn more about varicose veins versus spider veins. Varicose Veins vs Spider Veins: The Difference Spider veins have a twisty appearance, but they are smaller and more intricate. As the name implies, they often mimic the look of a fine spider web. These vessels appear red, blue or purple beneath the skin. They do not usually have a raised texture as varicose veins do. Varicose veins are larger and are raised above the skin surface. Over time, due to the effects of improper flow and pooling with gravity, these veins may become twisted and gnarled in appearance. Causes of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins There are many reasons why you might develop either varicose veins or spider veins. The two most common reasons are a hereditary disposition toward forming them (which is why they are found in men as well as women) and pregnancies, which is why they are more prevalent in women. People with jobs that require standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time may be more symptomatic. Symptoms of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins Spider veins are very common and are frequently asymptomatic. However, a patient may have very little to show on the skin surface and still have significant symptoms of chronic vein disease. Symptoms often include tired, heavy legs; swelling; leg cramps; “restless legs” especially at night and chronic itching. Varicose veins, especially those occurring in the territory of problematic underlying saphenous veins, are more likely to be symptomatic. Problems may stem from wrong-way flow (reflux) in saphenous veins that leads to venous “pooling”. Over time, this pooling leads to increased pressure within these stretchy veins; this pressure may be transmitted to smaller branches that lead to the skin surface. Ultimately this can lead to bulging and twisted varicose veins. Types of Treatment In general, symptomatic patients with underlying reflux in saphenous veins may need to have such problems dealt […]