Video FAQs

Questions and Answers: Videos from the Vein Specialist

Why should I consider vein treatment?

Doctor Robelen explains the various conditions in which a patient should consider seeking treatment for venous or vascular issues.

What makes Southern Illinois Vein Center unique for varicose vein treatment?

Why you should seek a vein specialist and dedicated vein clinic for treatment of vascular disease.

How long does vein treatment take?

Although the majority of vein treatment procedures take one hour or less to complete, the time can vary depending on a variety of factors.

Will I need multiple treatments?

Doctor Robelen answers questions regarding the number of treatments a patient suffering from vascular disease may need.

Will I need to take time off work for vein treatment?

Southern Illinois Vein Center uses modern vein treatment techniques which minimize recovery time. The majority of patients return to work the next day.

What kind of equipment is used for varicose vein treatment?

State of the art equipment is used including a diagnostic ultrasound machine and laser.

What happens if I don’t get varicose vein treatment?

Unfortunately venous insufficiency is a progressive condition and untreated varicose veins can lead to a worsening of symptoms and other conditions. Doctor Robelen explains the consequences of delaying treatment.

What are varicose veins?

The vein specialist explains what varicose veins are and what they look like.

What are the risk factors of vascular disease and varicose veins?

Gender, daily activity, past pregnancies, and age can all be contributing factors for venous disease.

What are the common symptoms of varicose veins?

Varicose vein symptoms can include: pain, swelling, itching, skin changes, blood clots (phlebitis), and leg ulcers.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are any veins that are less than 3mm in size that you can see in your skin. Blues spider veins are called reticular veins and red ones are called telangiectasias veins. They often result from the same disease that causes varicose veins.

Meet Doctor James Robelen, the Vein Specialist

Meet Doctor Robelen, the board certified surgeon and medical director at Southern Illinois Vein Center.

How do your vein treatment options differ from vein stripping?

The last 15 years have seen enormous improvement in the vein treatment field in terms of patient comfort, downtime, and procedure efficacy. Doctor Robelen explains the progress made and the treatment options available now.

Do you use ultrasound in the treatment or diagnosis of vascular disease?

Diagnostic ultrasound can be used to identify source veins that attribute to venous disease, spider veins, or varicose veins.

Do the symptoms of varicose veins and vascular disease get worse?

Varicose veins are a progressive disease in which symptoms worsen over time and can eventually lead to an ulcer if left untreated.

Does vein treatment require a follow up appointment?

Patients suffering from venous disease are encouraged to seek follow up appointments on an as needed basis.

Are vein treatment procedures uncomfortable?

All treatments are done in office without sedation using localized numbing medicine. Patients may drive themselves to and from appointments and typically carry on with their normal activities after the treatment.

Do you have more questions? Our Vein Treatment Team is Here to Help!

If you have any other questions or concerns click here to contact us online or call us at 618-998-8346. You can also call to schedule an appointment, or request an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you!

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