Video Patient Reviews of Southern Illinois Vein Center
Hear their stories:
- Lynette Found SIVC After Multiple Misdiagnoses by Other Doctors
- Ben Treated for Vein Problems Since High School
- Acupuncturist Elizabeth Treated for Phlebitis and Varicose Veins
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Southern Illinois Vein Center is proud to share these video testimonials by some of our actual patients who were experiencing pain, discomfort, embarrassment, and swelling from varicose veins.
For thirty years of my life I worked in a job that I stood on my feet all day long. My calf and my leg by the end of the day would be swollen and throbbing and at night I would elevate my leg with no relief at times. I had visible veins, they were unsightly and being an outdoor person I was becoming uncomfortable with them when in shorts and swimsuits. So I sought to other consultations with specialists in veins and they gave me other reasons, that nerves were causing my pain. One suggested that I had back problems and I believed them. I didn’t know what to do. I was on route 13 and saw the vein center sign, it popped up on my Facebook page and I gave them a call. I was very impressed with Doctor Robelen on my first visit. They did an ultrasound and he explained to me how the procedure worked and we did follow up visits. My procedure was pain free, he told me everything that he was going to do and I was totally relaxed through the whole process. He treated my right here in the office and I went home that day. His office took care of all my insurance and my paperwork. I didn’t have to worry about anything. I’m very happy with my legs and I feel comfortable outside during the summer wearing shorts and swimsuits and dresses. I tell all my friends to go to Southern Illinois Vein Center.
My name is Ben, I live in Heron, Illinois and I’m a pharmacist. The first time I noticed a vein problem I was in high school and I started to see bulging veins in the backs of my legs. I had those bulging veins for a few years until I got into college and that’s when I sought medical attention. I asked a doctor for advice and did not like the original procedures. The original procedure they wanted to do was vein stripping of olden times, but now new procedures are so much better so that’s when I came to see Doctor Robelen as my mom had in a few years previous. The procedure I was looking for was a less invasive, but better outcome type of procedure that would last for a long time. The procedure they wanted to do on me was just injecting a sodium chloride into the veins and hoping that they shrink in size. So my mother had gone to Doctor Robelen a few years before I had and she had a very good outcome with her. She had the same types of vein problems that I had and Doctor Robelen performed the same surgery on her and it turned out wonderfully. She had a great outcome. She has good memories of the service and she talked me into coming to see Doctor Robelen for my problems. So when I came in to see Doctor Robelen the nursing staff had originally evaluated my condition and Doctor Robelen had given me a course of action which I was happy with. He was going to do a minimally invasive procedure that was going to reduce the size and the looks and the pain that I was experiencing in my legs. They would be gone and I was happy with that outcome. So when we did do the procedure I was very pleased. The veins reduced in size, the pain was gone, and I was able to enjoy the summer and show off my legs again. So now when I wear shorts in the summer I’m able to walk around without the embarrassment of bulging veins in the backs of my legs. I don’t have to worry any longer. So I’ve recommended Doctor Robelen to many of my family and friends and I will continue to do so because it’s the best outcome I can imagine for the problems I’ve had. Doctor Robelen has given me my summers back and I’m extremely thankful for him for that.
In the last week of May 2013 for no apparent reason I had immediate discomfort and pain on the inside of my right leg both at the ankle and just below the knee. I had a suspicion as to what was going on and I also had a very strong opinion of what kind of therapy I would want to receive so I looked around and did my research and first I found someone who performed the therapy and the treatment that I wanted and then I found Doctor Robelen and I checked his credentials and I chose to come here. When I first came and we had a diagnostic ultrasound I had a very obvious phlebitis in my superficial vein in my right leg. I also had varicose veins and spider veins. So over a series of months we worked together to heal the phlebitis and get that under control and then we used the sclerotherapy injections to deal with the venous disease and then when it was a proper time we used a minimally invasive laser procedure to deal with the larger varicose veins. They took care of all of the paperwork, they billed my insurance, they took care of all of the billing and the appropriate scheduling. They setup a timeline and we stuck to it. It was very clear, very transparent and it has been a very very easy relationship. I’m super happy with the results! I have no pain anymore and you know the leg and the tissues are much nicer than they were when they were swollen and discolored and so I’m very very happy with the results. I have referred Doctor Robelen and Southern Illinois Vein Center not only to friends and family, but also to at least one of my personal clients that I see and that is because I am just very happy with how attentive they were and how discreet, but also how specific they were in treating all of the different aspects of what was going on. So as the weather is warmer I have two young sons so I will constantly be at the beach and playing soccer and I will be at baseball fields and football fields and at the pool and kayaking and boating all summer so it’s nice to have my legs taken care of.