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Happel Laser & Vein Center – Your Best Solution for Varicose Veins

How to Choose the Most Qualified Pittsburgh Vein Doctor

Happel Laser & Vein Centre sealDr. John Happel MD has the highest qualifications to perform varicose vein treatments in Pittsburgh.

No ifs ands or buts.

Let’s break down why.

#1 Training

It doesn’t get any better than the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Happel has been thoroughly vetted by the most respected medical institution in the country and the world. He trained at the world-famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

That’s where he did his vascular surgery fellowship.

Because of its prodigious reputation, where else would you look for medical information on the internet?

That’s right. www.mayoclinic.org

Only the very best candidates are chosen from their large pool of applicants. Only those doctors with the highest cognitive and technical skills survive the cut.

St. Clair Hospital even advertises that they are associated with the Mayo Clinic.

What could be better than having a bona fide graduate of the institution as your very own vein doctor?

That’s what you get at Happel Laser & Vein Center.

#2 Board Certification for Treating Varicose Veins

It doesn’t get any better than that being board certified in vascular surgery as far as credentials to treat varicose veins.

Other so called specialists have switched into treating veins after training in other unrelated fields.

pittsburgh skyline and Highmark buildingThe hidden truth about vein doctors in Pittsburgh is the following:

Many doctors who have not been vetted are treating veins in Pittsburgh.

They have actually trained in:

  • General surgery – These doctors work part-time in the Pittsburgh spas that also offer vein treatments “on the side”. Their only vein training is in stripping veins which is no longer done.
  • Emergency room – They have no venous training at all.
  • Family practice – One family doc is the medical director of a popular vein franchise in Pittsburgh with many offices.
  • Radiology – Their main interest and training is in only treating the saphenous veins (not the varicose veins seen on the skin surface).
  • Cardiology – They specialize in the heart – not in veins.
  • Proctology – You know what they specialize in.

Research the actual doctors and their true qualifications who are working “behind the scenes” at the various vein centers throughout Pittsburgh.

Don’t choose just a vein center in name only before you have thoroughly researched the physician’s credentials who will actually be involved with your care and will perform your treatments.

Any doctor can legally perform vein procedures.

Even one who is right out of medical school and has no residency training at all.

Vein centers are totally unregulated so you must choose wisely.

The care that people receive for their varicose veins varies enormously.

All doctors who treat varicose veins are not the same.

#3 Experience

Dr. Happel has the longest experience in Pittsburgh specializing in veins. He finished his vascular surgery fellowship in 1986.

Dr. Happel was the first doctor to perform laser for varicose veins in Pittsburgh.

He was also the first to perform Varithena foam sclerotherapy in the city.

He served with distinction as the chief of surgery at UPMC South Side Hospital.

#4 Specialty

What does the vein doctor actually specialize in?

Venous and vascular disease is Dr. Happel’s chosen field of interest.

He is a board certified vascular surgeon.

The motivation of your doctor to practice in a certain field is an important factor when choosing a specialist.

  • Did the doctor become burned out and switch specialties?
  • Is the doctor working part time in a vein center to make extra money?
  • Does the doctor who is treating veins “on the side” in the med spa work also work somewhere else doing work in their originally chosen field?

#5 Reputation

The term, reputation, implies qualities in a doctor which include:

  1. Runs the highest quality facility that has obtained accreditation – (IAC vein center accreditation)
  2. Does not work in a vein supermarket or mill where the offices are franchised and run like a business vs. a private medical physician run practice.
  3. Highest ultrasound credentials – DR. Happel has RVT and RPVI credentials which are the pinnacle in the vein industry.

Dr. Happel’s ethics in treating varicose vein disease are beyond reproach.

Primary care doctors themselves come to Dr. Happel for their vein care.

They send their spouses and their family as well as their patients because of his qualifications and his results. They personally see the results and respect his judgement and ability to provide reliable and outstanding vein care.

#6 Miscellaneous Qualities of a Great Vein Doctor

Affability, ability, and availability are qualities that we expect in our physicians but rarely are they all present together.

Our internet reviews and our referring physicians can attest to this.

In addition, these days the integrity and ethics of doctors practicing in the vein field has been questioned.

For good reason.

In Pittsburgh, we see questionable ethical vein practices that are operating on the fringes.

For example, does it sound right that patients should be enticed to come to a doctor’s office?

Incentives include preloaded credit cards to come to a vein office where they will also receive a free consult. (Never mind that you won’t ever see a doctor until the day of your procedure).

Credit cards worth $25 to $50 are to given by these sketchy practices to lure people in for a free consult.

That is simply disgraceful.

These places are also notorious for free consultations, free screenings, raffles, booths at health fairs, and give-away goodies at events.

These places call it marketing.

Aggressive marketing for veins is ubiquitous in Pittsburgh.

Advertisements for vein centers are everywhere.

Dr. Happel doesn’t advertise.

Are There Differences in Expected and Actual Results in Varicose Vein Surgery?

The rapid growth in varicose vein surgery is documented by the results of the registries of the American Venous Forum and the American College of Phlebology.

Notwithstanding, the actual outcomes of these reported varicose vein procedures continue to be challenged by some.

Arguably, the registry results were often carried out in large referral centers, and the procedures were performed by highly vetted vein specialists.

It has therefore been unsubstantiated that these superior results may not truly reflect those performed in the phlebology community at large (spas and franchises).

Don’t trust your legs to just any doctor at a “Vein Center, Vein Institute, or Med Spa” that you happen to drive by.

Many unhappy people come to Dr. Happel for a second opinion after making the mistake of choosing the closest clinic for convenience.

Usually they can’t even remember the name of the vein doctor where they had their procedure done.

Investigate the doctor’s qualifications thoroughly before seeking help at just any old vein center.

Conclusion

Why choose Happel Laser & Vein Center?

Any licensed medical doctor can legally perform vein procedures.

Levels of training and experience in vein surgery vary widely.

For your own well-being, avoid vein doctors who are not experienced vascular surgeons.

Let’s review.

Dr. John Happel photographExperience correlates strongly with good results.

When you choose the most qualified vein doctor in Pittsburgh, you are on the road to a great result.

Contact Dr. Happel  at 724-969-0600 or click here to make an appointment.

You’ll be in good hands.