How to Choose the Right Pittsburgh Varicose Vein Clinic

How to Choose the Right Pittsburgh Varicose Vein Clinic

Just Like in the Wizard of Oz, You May Be Surprised …

When you pull back the curtain, that the doctor at your local vein clinic may not be as advertised.

pittsburgh vein doctors internet searchMost people don’t understand that not all Pittsburgh varicose vein clinic doctors are the same.

Vein credentials are all different too.

In today’s ever-changing healthcare environment, a number of independent vein clinics have opened vein clinic offices throughout Pittsburgh.

Physicians who only have training in family medicine, emergency room medicine, and other non-venous specialties often staff these vein clinics.

Make sure that your vein specialist has all of the tools available to treat varicose vein disease.

Vascular surgeons have this training and expertise. They have the hands-on skill to perform procedures optimally.

Varicose vein Disease is Complex

Not all abnormal veins are the same.

What your friend or relative may have required for treatment, may not be the right choice for you. Varicose vein disease is complex. The patterns of disease vary widely from one person to the next.

Unsightly varicose veins

Unsightly varicose veins of both legs

In addition, these abnormal veins are often unsightly.

Varicose vein home remedies may not be sufficient to rid you of your varicose veins. Creams, lotions, and other homemade remedies cannot relieve the pressure causing your bulging, aching and painful veins.

Usually a number of treatment options are necessary for your vein specialist to determine the appropriate care for your unique problem.

Although the newer high-tech treatment techniques have eliminated painful procedures such as vein stripping, a number of new techniques are usually required depending on the severity and the location of your abnormal veins.

Some people may require only sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is also known as injections.

Others may need to have their huge varicose veins removed through needle holes. The name for that is phlebectomy.

Still others may require laser.

Many people need a combination of some or all of these treatment options.

A board certified vascular surgeon has all of the available tools to perform all of these treatments. More importantly, they have the training and experience to know what is best for your individual problem.

Surgical knowledge and surgical experience remain essential in choosing the proper target location of the selected vein. Surgical technique and expertise is also required to determine the length of vein that needs treated.

Other types of specialists have simply not trained in these techniques.

Nonsurgical specialists who perform varicose vein treatments have often learned about them at a three-day conference.

On the job varicose vein training isn’t acceptable.

You deserve a true vein specialist with experience tempered with compassionate patient care.

Reputation of the Pittsburgh Varicose Vein Clinic

Reputation is something that is earned over many years. It comes from experience, outstanding training, and superior results.

You can learn a lot about the reputation of a doctor and the vein clinic by researching other people’s experiences on the internet.

Choose a Pittsburgh vein clinic that is known for compassionate care.

Look for the three A’s in a doctor.

  1. Ability – Dr. Happel was the first physician to perform laser for varicose veins in Pittsburgh. He trained in vascular surgery and did his vascular fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. He has the longest experience specializing and treating veins in Pittsburgh.
  2. Availability – Dr.Happel is always directly available 24 hours per day.
  3. Affability – Read his reviews on the internet to see how his patients feel about his bed side manner (friendly, courteous, soft-spoken, nice).

The Happel Laser and Vein Center is the Only Accredited Vein Center in Pittsburgh

certificate of vein center accreditationVein treatments have moved from hospitals to the office setting.

  • How can you know that the autoclaves are properly working.
  • Has the staff been properly trained and have they maintained their continuing medical education?
  • Are there quality controls in place?
  • If there is an emergency, are you safe?
  • Does your vein center have the necessary equipment, medications and up-to-date resuscitation training to save your life in an emergency?
  • Has the doctor’s credentials and experience been scrutinized by rigorous national standards?

If the vein center has never been inspected (like all of the other vein centers in Pittsburgh) your safety and the quality of your care is questionable. 

Unless the vein center is accredited, you are simply hoping that everything has been checked like in a hospital.

No other vein center in Pittsburgh has ever been examined for safety or quality except for the Happel Laser and Vein Center.


It is worth repeating.

Not all Pittsburgh varicose vein clinics and not all vein doctors are the same.

If you feel that you aren’t getting individualized attention, you are in the wrong place. Beware of franchised vein care where you see a different provider each time that you go for treatment.

Research the reputation of the Pittsburgh varicose vein clinic before you make that first call.

Choose the doctor with the longest experience treating and specializing in veins in Pittsburgh.

For your health and safety, don’t pick a vein center franchise that advertises all of the time.

Don’t do what most people do which is choosing the closest vein center.

For all of the reasons outlined in this article, the Happel Laser and Vein Center is truly the leading vein clinic in Pittsburgh.

Choose the best vein care available.

As the Beatles would say, “It’s way beyond compare”.

Call us at 724-969-0600 or learn more here.

health insurance plans in network with Happel Laser and Vein Center

We participate in the following health insurance plans.

  • Aetna
  • Advantra
  • Anthem/BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Coventry
  • Devon
  • 4Most
  • Health America
  • Health Assurance
  • Health Plan of Upper Ohio Valley
  • Humana
  • Highmark/BCBS
  • Medical Mutual
  • Mon-Valley Health Plan
  • Multi-Plan
  • Tricare
  • United Health Care
  • Western Pennsylvania Electric (WPEE)
  • UPMC
  • All BC/BS plans

About The Author

Dr. John Happel

Dr. John Happel has been in practice as a surgeon since 1986 in the Pittsburgh region. He specializes in vascular surgery and has subspecialized in the treatment of varicose and spider veins since 1999. Dr. Happel is board certified in vascular surgery and recertified in vascular surgery in 2012. He was chosen in 1985 to fulfill the position for the vascular surgical fellowship at the world renowned Mayo Clinic.