5 Big Mistakes Varicose Vein Rookies Make in Pittsburgh

5 Big Mistakes Varicose Vein Rookies Make in Pittsburgh

Great Results After Varicose Vein Treatments Are Not a Sure Thing

#1 The First Mistake Is Not Researching the Vein Center

Many people come to see me after having experienced the way they were treated at another vein center. The most common complaint is that they didn’t see a doctor until the day of their procedure.

On the other hand, countless other people don’t complain. They think that this type of treatment is the norm. Later, after they get bad results, they go to another place for a second opinion and for further treatment.

Not complaining about the way that some vein centers treat you is like this joke from Reader’s Digest.

Every ten years, the monks in the monastery are allowed to break their vow of silence to speak two words.

Ten years go by and it’s one monk’s first chance.

He thinks for a second before saying, “Food bad.”

Ten years later, he says, “Bed hard.”

It’s the big day, a decade later.

He gives the head monk a long stare and says, “I quit.”

“I’m not surprised,” the head monk says.

“You’ve been complaining ever since you got here.”

Don’t accept being treated like a case or a number at these kinds of places. Avoid having to complain by researching first.

Here is a sample of the complaints that we hear from people who have been elsewhere first.

  • “I never saw a doctor.”
  • “Passed from provider to provider.”
  • “Couldn’t get a person on the phone.”
  • “They never returned my phone calls.”
  • “They took my insurance information, racked up a big bill, ran my credit card, and ended up sending me to collections.”
  • “They made me get an ultrasound even though my legs don’t hurt and I only have spider veins.”
  • “Long wait times.”
  • “Not as advertised.”
  • “Horrible experience.”

When I ask why they accepted being treated this way, I often hear, “They were so close to my house that I didn’t consider going anywhere else.”

One of the biggest regrets that people looking for a vein center is that they didn’t take the time to research the facility.

Vein centers and vein doctors come in different flavors.

To find out which you like the best, you must ask:

  1. Is the vein center accredited?
  2. Has the vein center ever been inspected?
  3. How long has the doctor specialized in veins?
  4. What specialty is the doctor board certified in?
  5. What are their reviews on the internet?
  6. Is the vein center a med spa?
  7. Is the vein center a franchise?

Choose only an accredited vein center where there is a board certified vascular surgeon who specializes in veins.

Why would you risk going anywhere else?

#2 The Second Mistake Is Choosing Convenience Over Quality and Value

In Pittsburgh, people often joke that that no one wants to cross a bridge. We are becoming used to getting what we want without driving far.

Amazon one-click service, free shipping and two-day delivery spoils us.

Medical care has also shifted to a convenience model. Urgent care centers have sprung up all over town because people don’t want to wait. They don’t want to drive either.

Have you noticed the explosion in the number of small branch office banks over the past ten years? The competition for your deposits has resulted in them coming to you.

Vein franchises realize this demand and sublet offices so that there is an office nearby. When it comes time for treatment, you are funneled to their central location far from your house.

If only vein treatments could be done in your home, wouldn’t that be nice?

Sometimes, to get the best vein center with the most qualified vein specialist in Pittsburgh with the longest personal experience treating veins, you have to travel a little.

The results are so worth it!

#3 The Third Mistake is Delaying Treatment

There are many misconceptions about varicose vein treatments. Here are a few examples bad advice regarding varicose veins.

A common misconception is that you need to wait until you’re done having babies.

The fact is that nowadays, vein experts recommend that you have your varicose veins treated when they start bothering you. Repeated pregnancies only fuel the fire. With each pregnancy, the veins worsen.

Delaying treatment for symptomatic varicose veins is discouraged because it only prolongs the suffering.

Personal health issues that are more pressing than varicose veins can also cause a delay in treatment. The same can be said when caring for others in the family with chronic illnesses. Vein problems often tend to get pushed to the back burner.

Bad advice that varicose veins are only cosmetic is another reason for delay in treatment. If ignored, blood clots in varicose veins (phlebitis) can occur in these neglected veins. Bleeding, irreversible skin changes and ulcers are possible outcomes if you ignore this medical condition.

Left untreated and ignored over time, there can be permanent skin changes in the legs from poor circulation in these abnormal veins.

#4 The Fourth Mistake Is Fear of Pain with Treatment and Prolonged Recovery

There is an old notion that you should postpone varicose vein treatment for as long as possible. That medical advice started over fifty years ago. At that time, all that was available was the painful stripping operation. It was brutal, painful and left ugly scars.

With modern minimally invasive varicose vein procedures, painful surgery is no longer required.

Veins inevitably get worse over time. Genetics and gravity are the reasons.

The longer you wait, the riskier and more complicated the procedures need to be to fix your vein problem. In addition, results tend to last longer when the vein problem is not as advanced.

Would you wait to have your cavity filled? Like cavities, abnormal veins shouldn’t be ignored.

#5 The Fifth Mistake Is People Don’t Consider Vein Treatment Costs

Because insurance is often involved with varicose vein payments, it gets confusing.

Many people don’t know what their health insurance deductible is. They also usually don’t know how much of that has been met. Many don’t know what their co insurance cost is.

It’s not the amount that you pay at the window before you leave the waiting room. It’s the percentage of the total cost that you owe after insurance has paid their share.

Varicose vein treatments vary in cost depending on how many and which kind of treatments you need.

If you have a high deductible, you may be responsible for much or all of your varicose vein treatment costs.

It’s important to know how the vein facility handles payments.

Large corporations and health insurance run facilities don’t want to chase you for payment.

Inquire if there is a payment plan for uncovered insurance costs.

Ask if there is a facility fee which could double your costs and the amount that you will owe.

At Happel Laser & Vein Center, we will work with you, your insurance company, and your budget to meet your vein care needs.

The Happel Laser & Vein Centre in McMurray, PA is the only vein center in Pittsburgh to be granted accreditation for varicose veins treatment. Vein center accreditation is a “Seal of Approval” that patients can rely on that a vein center’s safety and qualifications have been comprehensively evaluated.

Dr. Happel received his vascular surgery training and vascular surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. He is Board Certified in Vascular Surgery and specializes in the treatment of varicose veins.

Call us at 724-969-0600 to learn more about how we can help you.

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.