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Treating varicose veins is my specialty and Pittsburgh is the place where I grew up and continue to practice.
On September 21, 2012, Dr. John Happel successfully passed the Vascular Surgery Recertification Examination, a rigorous six hour test given by the American Board of Surgery. Before choosing a vein specialist to treat your veins, make sure that your physician is board certified by a recognized legitimate American Board of Medical Specialties approved board.
The Journal of Vascular Surgery in May 2011 published a consensus article providing conclusive proof that if a person is a candidate for a venous ablation procedure (laser or radiofrequency) and has symptomatic varicose veins then compression support stockings should not be the first line of treatment. Many of us already understand this intuitively.