Varicose Vein Removal

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Why Choose Happel Laser & Vein Center for Your Varicose Vein Treatment?

Not all Vein Centers Are the Same.

Many patients seek care for their varicose veins based on convenience of location instead of qualifications.

Most people just want the closest vein place.

Others respond to mainly to advertising.

Consider the following when choosing a vein center:

  • There are no higher qualifications for a vein center than the Happel Laser & Vein Center.
  •  There are no higher qualifications for a vein doctor than Dr. Happel’s qualifications.
  • There is no more experienced vein specialist in the city of Pittsburgh.

People in the medical field who know what goes on in Pittsburgh come to Dr. Happel for the treatment of their veins.

Doctors, nurses, nurse’s aids, medical assistants, and hospital technicians come to the Happel Laser and Vein center. People “in the know” in the medical field know the difference and choose us.

Dr. Happel is in an elite group of physicians and is recognized by his peers as one of the leading specialist in his field.

We continually receive referrals from physicians from primary care physicians who want the best vein care for their patients.

Experience

Dr. Happel at the Happel Laser & Vein Center has the longest experience in treating only veins in Pittsburgh. He specializes in veins and veins alone.

That experience of treating veins for over thirty years is priceless.

Vein Center Qualifications Are Often Ignored

The Happel Laser & Vein Center is the only accredited vein center in Pittsburgh. Most people don’t know what that means.

About fifteen years ago, vein care shifted from hospitals to doctor’s offices.

Because of laser and other new techniques, you no longer need to go to the hospital for treatment of your varicose veins. You don’t have to go to sleep. The stripping operation is no longer done.

Hospitals are accredited for safety and quality.

Except for Happel Laser & Vein Center, none of the vein treatment centers in Pittsburgh has ever been inspected!

 Ever!

Has anyone even checked if the autoclave works properly?

Hepatitis C and HIV infection from improperly sterilized equipment should be a primary concern of yours when choosing a vein facility.

Is the emergency cart properly stocked with all of the necessary emergency medication? Are any of these medications expired?

What about continuing medical education? Has anyone checked the facility to make sure that this important requirement is being maintained?

Is everyone in the facility trained in emergency life saving?

Are quality controls and recommended quality improvement measures been examined and approved like in a hospital?

Unless the facility is accredited, no one has verified that these important standards are in place or are being monitored.

Do not assume any of the above or anything about a vein center that has never undergone any type of inspection!

Because doctors who are trained and are certified in other fields (not veins) have switched into treating varicose veins, all of the national vein societies in this country got together and started certifying vein centers for safety and qualification.

The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission was chosen as the accrediting body to certify vein centers in the United States.

Over fifty vein centers have been accredited in this country. Most of these centers are located in Massachusetts. Blue Cross of Massachusetts requires vein center accreditation for reimbursement.

The Happel Laser and Vein Center voluntarily submitted and fulfilled the rigorous standards set up by this important accrediting body.

Happel Laser & Vein Center is the ONLY accredited vein center in Pittsburgh.

We are NOT a vein franchise!

Dr. Happel is in solo practice. He practices a one on one approach. You will see him for all of your consultation and treatment visits.  You will not be handed off to another doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner for your vein care.

Where did the varicose vein doctor train?

How do you know that the doctor (or medical assistant) at a vein treatment center is even qualified?

What if the doctor in these other places trained and is board certified in family practice or emergency room medicine or radiology or cardiology? … (Instead of veins)

That is the training of almost all of the so-called vein doctors in Pittsburgh. On-the-job training doesn’t make for quality care.

Do you want to be on some novice doctor’s learning curve?

Have doctors with these types of backgrounds overstepped their boundaries and their training?

Qualifications of a True Vein Doctor

Quality of training is a reflection of the care that you will receive. Dr. Happel is a board certified vascular surgeon. He completed a fellowship in vascular surgery at the world famous Mayo Clinic.

Vascular ultrasound is extremely important in treating varicose veins. Doppler ultrasound is used in the diagnosis and during most of the treatment of your veins.

To be proficient in treating venous disease, your doctor must be an expert in performing ultrasound.

Dr. Happel has the highest certifications for performing vascular ultrasound (registered vascular technician) and interpreting it (registered physician in vascular interpretation).

What is the Difference between a Varicose Vein and a Spider Vein?

Varicose vein health insurances usually cover the treatment of the big, painful, bulging varicose veins. The treatment of varicose veins is considered medically necessary. Contrary to popular belief, most varicose veins are not cosmetic.

Spider veins look like you drew them on the skin with a blue, purple or red pen. They are usually not raised.  They are considered cosmetic. Therefore, no insurance company will pay for their treatment even if they hurt or burn.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

The bulging, symptomatic varicose veins in the legs result from blood backing up and flowing in the wrong direction.  That causes increased pressure in these abnormal veins.

Valves inside of these veins normally prevent blood from refluxing or flowing back toward your feet. Blood should only flow in one direction in your veins and that is toward your heart.

However, when the valves and veins become abnormally stretched because of age and genetic factors, your veins become engorged from the pressure of the blood pooling or “backing up in the wrong direction”.

This high pressure in the varicose veins is made worse by gravity.

When you stand for long periods of time, your leg ache. Other symptoms commonly described by people who suffer with varicose veins include swelling, aching, cramping, heaviness, itching and burning.

What Happens If You Ignore Your Varicose Veins?

  • Varicose veins will inevitably enlarge over time and can lead to phlebitis (a blood clot in the varicose vein) that is very painful and often takes weeks or months to resolve on its own. The area becomes red, hard, hot and sore. Anti-inflammatory medications like Motrin or Aleve are helpful in reducing symptoms but do not help the clot to dissolve.
  • Ulcerations or sores near the ankle can result from the pressure caused by the blood backing up in the wrong direction. This is a later stage of what can happen if you neglect your varicose veins. These ulcers are very sore and painful. They often take months to heal.
  • Bleeding can occur and I commonly see one or two new patients every week who have neglected their varicose veins and come to see me because the veins bled. Usually the blood squirts out from the high pressure in these veins and when this occurs and it is very frightening.
  • Stasis dermatitis is the brown discoloration that occurs around the lower legs or ankles and usually precedes ulceration. Again, this is the result of neglecting varicose veins for many years. This brown staining is permanent just like a tattoo. This ugly brown color will not go away when the varicose veins are finally treated.

In the United States of America, up to 30 million people suffer from varicose veins.

Health insurances usually cover the treatment of painful, bulging varicose veins because this condition is considered medically necessary as opposed to spider veins which are considered cosmetic.

These bulging, symptomatic veins result from blood backing up and flowing in the wrong direction as a result of pressure increasing in these abnormal veins.

Valves inside of these veins normally prevent blood from refluxing or flowing back toward your feet. Blood should only flow in one direction in your veins and that is toward your heart.

When the valves become abnormally stretched because of age and genetic factors, your veins become engorged from the pressure of the blood pooling or “backing up in the wrong direction”.

This high pressure in the varicose veins is exacerbated by gravity when you stand for prolonged periods and that is what makes your leg ache.

Other symptoms commonly described by people who suffer with varicose veins include swelling, aching, cramping, heaviness, itching and burning.

How Are Varicose Veins Treated?

The very latest and most effective methods of treatment of varicose veins approved by insurance companies include laser, phlebectomy and sclerotherapy.

During a laser treatment, a laser fiber is inserted into the abnormal vein. The laser energy closes the vein. Your body eventually absorbs it.

With phlebectomy, abnormal varicose veins are removed through needle holes with a small instrument that looks like a crochet hook.

With sclerotherapy, medicine is injected into the varicose vein resulting in the eventual absorption of that vein. Sotradecol and polidocanol are the two FDA approved medications used for modern sclerotherapy.

Saline is not used anymore because of its side effects and higher complication rate.

Sclerotherapy used to be a vein treatment that got no respect. Now with modern advances, it is a very helpful adjunct to the treatment of many veins.

Usually a combination of these treatments is required for the best results. Patients usually return to work the following day and can carry on normal activities immediately.

Dr. Happel will discuss your treatment options and discuss exactly why these methods will work best for you.

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