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If you’re going in for a medical procedure, make sure you’re knowledgeable about it.


If you’re going in for a medical procedure, make sure you’re knowledgeable about it.

And vein treatments are no exception.

Besides letting your doctor know about any medical conditions you may have, there are a list of questions you should ask during your consultation.

Dr. Stephen Rivard, founder and medical director of Illinois Vein Specialists, suggests these 10 important questions to ask:

1. What special training or certification do you have in vein care and where did you receive your training?

2. What is your primary specialty and are you board certified in this area of practice?

3. What percentage of your practice do you devote to vein disease?

4. Are you a member of a professional Phlebology or Venous and Lymphatic Disease society?

5. Are you a Diplomat of any Phlebology or Venous and Lymphatic Disease society?

6. Are you trained to use an ultrasound?

7. What procedures do you perform, how many have you done, and who actually performs the procedures?

8. Will I need more than one procedure?  Why or why not?

9. What are the complications that you have seen with these procedures?

10. What kind of follow-up will I need, and what can I do to prevent recurrence?  

Finding someone who is board certified in Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, like the staff at Illinois Vein Specialists, is key.  

“There are many doctors who specialize in a number of various practices (often under one roof), and while they may be very good at their primary specialty, you owe it to yourself to find someone that has received the right training and experience to properly diagnose and treat your vein disease,” Rivard said. “You wouldn’t expect your family practice doctor to also do your veins.”  

For more information contact Illinois Vein Specialists | 22285 N Pepper Rd, Lake Barrington, IL 60010 | 847.277.9100 |

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