An Advanced Search to Help You Find the Best Vein Center Near You

An Advanced Search to Help You Find the Best Vein Center Near You

How to Choose the Best Vein Center Nearby or …

How Do You Find the Right Vein Doctor in Your Vicinity?


Why should you read this web page?

To find the closest and best vein doctor to you, of course.

If you have varicose veins, reading this article will also change your life.

This website will be more valuable to you than others.

So, what exactly makes this particular website more valuable to you?


It is written by a board certified vascular surgeon with over thirty years specializing in veins.

Not only is the author experienced but also reliable, trustworthy, and knowledgeable.

We will also minimize the medical jargon.

Let’s begin changing your life for the better!

Here’s How Treating Varicose Veins Will Change Your Life

  • Self-esteem – no more embarrassment
  • Health – normal circulation
  • Financial – better productivity
  • Clothes and summer – feel comfortable in shorts and swim suits again
  • Prevents future problems – blood clots, bleeding, painful skin ulcers

Let’s dive in and begin the search.

How to Search for a Vein Center or Vein Doctor Near You

All vein center web pages look the same.

They all say we have state-of-the-art this or that.

There’s always the all traditional hand-picked impressive before and after pictures.

And all of the doctors are always board certified.

That’s a trap.

You must ask – board certified in what?

It’s what they don’t mention that you need to flesh out.

Lately, the field of treating veins has grown rapidly.

Finding the greatest vein center near you is getting easier because you are learning exactly what to look for in your search.

12 Hidden Secrets to Find the Best Varicose Vein Center in Pittsburgh

Sometimes just looking for a place nearby doesn’t fulfill all of your requirements.

There are more caveats and traps that you must avoid when looking for a vein clinic near you.

Here they are.

#1 In Which Specialty Did Their Vein Doctors Train?

Lately, doctors who trained in family medicine, emergency medicine, gynecology and unrelated fields have switched to treating veins.

From a common-sense standpoint, would you choose an electrician to fix your plumbing?

The complexity of venous disease makes it imperative that the doctor who treats you has all of the methods available in their “tool box”.

  • Some doctors cannot do phlebectomy (removal of huge varicose veins through needle hole incisions).
  • Some cannot perform ultrasound guided sclerotherapy (injections) because they have never picked up a Doppler probe in their lives.
  • Some can only do laser or only radiofrequency to treat the saphenous veins – not both. Certain circumstances make one or the other a better choice.

Complex vein problems require specific tools and skill sets to get the best results.

Trying to hammer a square peg into a round hole isn’t the right fit.

Which qualifications in a vein doctor fit most patient’s needs the best?

When I typed in – best vein doctors – on an internet search, guess what came up on Google and Bing’s first page?

Vascular surgeons!


#2 You Want a Vein Doctor in Your Vicinity Who Specializes in Veins Full-time, Not Part-time. 

Searching for a great vein specialist close to you who has actually trained in vascular disease and does it full time is not easy.

You have to narrow the search even more.

You must also search for the experience of the actual doctor who will treat you.

In terms of decades.

Also beware that if you go to a vein center with multiple doctors, you will be passed around to whomever is available that day.

As the medical profession transitions from an eighty-hour week to a forty-hour week, here’s what changes for you as the patient.

You become less of a person and more of a case.

The doctor’s change of lifestyle by working part-time may be a good fit for them but is it best for you and your care?

When your vein care is passed on from one person to the next, you lose some of your identity with that franchise.

When you return for your vein treatments, if there are vein specialists working part-time, they will not be as familiar with your problem or your special needs as someone who has followed you through from the beginning to the end.

#3 Ultrasound Skills in a Vein Specialist

Narrow down your search even more.

Do an advanced search in our vicinity for a vein specialist who has the Doppler ultrasound credentials in both performing and also interpreting varicose vein problems.

That’s rare.

Most people would never think to do this when considering which vein doctor to choose.

You see when treating veins, Doppler ultrasound is critical.

To find out where the vein problem is coming from and to see what is lying beneath the skin’s surface, vein doctors must use ultrasound.

To be proficient in treating veins, a great vein doctor must be able to pick up the Doppler probe themselves and see with their own eyes how to fix each individual’s particular problem.

The doctor should be able to tell you what is wrong at your initial consultation and be able to answer all of your questions right then and there.

You should not have to wait until after the technician tells them what to do.

Most vein specialists in our vicinity rely entirely on their technician’s examination and cannot check or see the underlying problem for themselves.

That’s not good.

If the technician’s diagnosis and exam is wrong, the treatment will not work.

Ultrasound is extremely technician dependent. It’s not like taking an x-ray.

With the wrong ultrasound results, recurrences and unnecessary complications will occur making your life miserable.

#4 Passion vs Burned out – What Did the Doctor Originally Train In?

Most vein center websites deliberately hide the training of their doctors.

They hope you don’t care.

Let’s narrow down your search some more.

You need to know – what is the doctor’s motivation for treating you?

The doctor’s motivation is nearly impossible to find on vein clinic’s websites.

However, you can usually find it if you read between the lines.

We’d all probably agree, with all other things being equal, that the person who loves their job usually performs better than someone who dreads to go to work in the morning.

Wouldn’t the doctor practicing in their chosen field be a good way to figure out the doctor’s motivation?

You bet.

Let’s take the following examples to understand this in more detail.

Some vein doctors work in a hospital in the radiology department or cardiology department in our local area doing other procedures besides treating veins.

Interventional radiologists are trained in other things and spend most of their time doing other things.

Like balloon angioplasties for arteries, dialysis access, interventional oncology, gastrostomies, draining abscesses, stenting the biliary and urinary systems, feeding tubes, lithotripsies, and pain management.

Invasive cardiologists spend most of their time doing other things.

Like coronary angioplasties and stents, mechanical thrombectomies, balloon valvuloplasties and valve replacements, septal ablations, catheter treatment of carotid, subclavian, renal and lower extremity arterial problems.

So why treat veins “on the side”?

The answer is that it’s a business decision.

Is that the motivation that you want?

 #5 Medical Ethics and Varicose Vein Centers

It’s sad that we even need to discuss medical ethics especially in phlebology (the field of veins).

However, it’s a growing problem especially in the vein field.

When you type in doctor entrepreneurs in a Google search, guess what comes up?

That’s right – vein doctors.

Medical franchises are a trend that most people have come to accept.

Practicing medicine is no longer the profession that it used to be.

Economic pressures from hospitals and insurance companies have transformed the health care model.

All vein doctors have transitioned into practicing out of their office instead of the hospital.

This necessitated the development of business skills in order to keep the door open.

With that transformation, a lot of baggage got dragged in with that business mentality.

Phlebology has become an intensely competitive business where there is a vein center on nearly every corner.

Money as the prime motivator for practicing in any medical field (especially varicose veins) ultimately ends badly.

#6 Advertising – Why Does a Vein Center Need to Advertise?

  1. Are they starting out?
  2. Are there no referrals from surrounding doctors?
  3. Are they located in an overcrowded market which will increase your chances of having an unnecessary procedure so that they can keep the lights on in their business office?
  4. Bad reputation and bad results?

Nowadays, advertising in the medical field is widely accepted.

Hospitals and insurance companies in our area dominate the airwaves.

That wasn’t always the case.

Ophthalmologists started the advertising ball rolling in the 1980s and other doctors were soon to follow.

You have to ask yourself when you see these ubiquitous ads – why?


If you’re still with us, we assume you’re serious about searching for the right vein center or doctor in your area.

Be aware that when searching for a vein center near you, all web sites look the same.

The key to finding the closest and the best vein center to you is to look beyond the web designer’s glossy pictures.

Responding to slick advertising is another common pitfall.

Look deeper at the individual vein specialist’s qualifications, training and motivation for working there to get the best results possible.

For people in the South Hills area, the best vein doctor in town is nearby.

So, if you live in the South Hills suburbs of Pittsburgh, give us a call at 724-969-0600. We are in your neighborhood.

If you live in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, consider a short drive along Route I-79. Our office is easily accessible off of the Bridgeville exit.

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.