Varicose Veins Treatment for People in a Hurry

Varicose Veins Treatment for People in a Hurry

Got Varicose Veins Pittsburgh? – How to Get Rid of Varicose Veins

Our Attention Spans Are Limited So Let’s Get Right to It

Let’s start off by quickly eliminating untested varicose veins treatments.

Don’t screw around with varicose vein home remedies:

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  • They aren’t helpful.
  • They are unproven.
  • They’re a waste of time.
  • They are all over the Internet.
  • They can sometimes be harmful.

The following kind of general advice won’t help either.

Don’t believe everything that you read on the internet.

The following misinformation was written on the internet by a doctor with the pen name is the “house doctor”. She is a family doctor with no specialty training in vascular disease. She has a blog entitled “quick and dirty tips”.

She writes,

Getting rid of varicose veins can be as simple and easy as trying elevation, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, compression stockings, exercise, and reviewing your current medications. However, you don’t have to do anything: they are a cosmetic issue for the most part.


In fact, the current vein guidelines by the Society of Vascular Surgery and the American Venous Forum are just the opposite.

This consensus paper for treating symptomatic varicose veins recommends NOT to waste time and effort with these useless conservative methods but proceed directly to treatment.

In Great Britain, the guidelines for the treatment of varicose veins (NICE guidelines) corroborate this approach of – treatment first – not conservative medical management. They state refer to a vascular service “immediately” if patients have symptomatic varicose veins.


Conservative management does not work over the long term.

As soon as you stop wearing support stockings and all of the rest, the painful varicose veins come right back!

Most patients know this intuitively.

Why do people research natural or alternative treatment for varicose veins?

Because most people want an easy way out.

I hate to break the bad news to you but …

There’s no magic laser beam that will painlessly shine on your skin and dissolve your varicose veins instantaneously and effortlessly.

That’s wishful thinking.

It doesn’t exist despite the fake news, marketing and advertising you see in Pittsburgh.

Varicose Vein Treatments According to Hoyle

The first important step in getting rid of your unwanted veins is to choose the most qualified vein doctor in Pittsburgh.

You will need help.

Not just the closest vein doctor.

Get the best help available.

Do some research on the Internet.

Spend as much time researching a vein doctor as you would a new car.

I’d recommend not just researching a general vein center supermarket where there are too many variables (different doctors and assistants rotating your treatments and not taking final responsibility for your care).

Here’s how to find the very best vein doctor.

A hidden secret: There are no formal training programs like residencies or fellowships in treating veins.

Therefore, vein doctors in Pittsburgh vary greatly in their qualifications.

Choose your vein doctor wisely.

Choose a fellowship trained vascular surgeon who has specialized in vascular disease. Avoid family doctors, emergency physicians, radiologists and specialists who are not trained in vascular disease.

What specialty is the doctor board certified in? You need an expert in vein disease and management.

The words, board-certified, signify only that after a doctor finished medical school and that they went through years of additional training in some special area of medicine or surgery.

If they trained in something besides veins and vascular disease, that’s not going to help you.

Don’t take the words, “board certified” at face value.

Dig a little deeper to learn the truth.

  • Which specialty did they originally choose to specialize in?
  • Why did they switch into treating veins if they trained in something else?
  • Do they have extensive knowledge in complex vein issues like vein obstruction, reflux, or blood clotting problems?

Vein doctors with knowledge and decades of experience will perform better than less well trained and inexperienced self-proclaimed vein specialists. Don’t assume what I often hear – “I thought that a doctor is a doctor”.

What You Can Learn from Your Initial Consultation

Your initial consultation will tell you a lot about the care you will receive and your results.

You can get a good idea of how you will be treated from your first visit by asking:

  1. First of all, did you see a doctor or not? If not, you are in the wrong place.
  2. Did the doctor take their time or did they seem rushed?
  3. Did they leave enough time to answer all of your questions?
  4. Did they speak in terms you could easily understand or use medical jargon?
  5. Did you feel comfortable with your vein doctor?
  6. Do you like and trust your doctor and the staff?

 What you should look for in a vein center:

  • Find out if the facility is vein center accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body.
  • Find out if the ultrasound Doppler testing is also separately accredited.
  • Find out if the vein center has ever been inspected. (Hidden secret: most have not)
  • Are the ultrasound technologists registered vascular technologists and specialists in vascular disease?

Accreditation helps ensure the highest standards.

Hospitals are accredited.

The vein center and doctors that you choose must have the same level of standards and quality controls in place.

In general, doctors at accredited vein centers treat more capably than less trained and less experienced providers whose qualifications have not been examined by a national team of experts.

They will also be more up-to-date on the latest diagnostic tools and procedures.

Varicose Veins Treatments with Virtually No Pain or Scars  

Everyone wants the treatments to be quick and easy.

The good news is that it’s getting much easier.

The sooner you see your vein specialist, the less difficult it is to get rid of your varicose veins.

Hidden secret: The first thing people usually say during the initial consultation is that they shouldn’t have waited so long.

Realize that as time passes, varicose veins only lead to the inevitable worsening of the condition. Your varicose veins will inevitably enlarge.

They won’t stay the same or shrink no matter how hard you try to wish them away.

Therefore, early treatment of your varicose veins with the latest up-to-date varicose vein procedures is the smart thing to do.

If you allow them to progress into larger and more complex issues, you will regret it later.

In a similar vein, (pun intended) you wouldn’t allow a cavity in your tooth to progress to something worse? Your varicose veins will definitely only worsen over time.

Why Do People Procrastinate in Getting Rid of Their Varicose Veins?

  • Some say they watched them get bigger but didn’t act because their big veins didn’t hurt.
  • Others say their family doctor discouraged treatment (see the quote from the family doctor with the blog post.)
  • Some family doctors are unfamiliar with the latest minimally invasive varicose veins treatments and their outcomes.

Other people worry and say “What If I Need My Saphenous Vein for a Heart Bypass”

Hidden secret: If your saphenous veins are diseased and thin walled, cardiac surgeons cannot use them for a bypass.

Those fragile veins would rupture from the intra-arterial pressure; therefore, they cannot be used for a heart bypass or as an arterial conduit.


So, here’s the bottom line.

Varicose veins treatments are getting a lot easier.

Stripping used to be the only way.

Now there are a number of minimally invasive procedures that are all done in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia.

Neglecting your symptoms caused by varicose veins only leads to bigger problems down the road.

It’s time to take the next step.

Call us if you’re tired of hiding your legs.

So, what are you waiting for?

Why put it off any longer?

If you’re still undecided, email us with your question or take a moment to call us.

Call us at 724-969-0600 or click here for more information on our web site.

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.