To Get Best Results, Choose an Actual Vein Specialist Not a Place

To Get Best Results, Choose an Actual Vein Specialist Not a Place

Choosing the Wrong Pittsburgh Vein Specialist Can Wreck Your Life

At Happel Vein Center, There’s No Vein Problems – Only Solutions

However, the solution to your vein problem can be a lot tougher to achieve if you initially choose the wrong vein specialist.

Pittsburgh is different than other cities in regards to vein treatments.

It’s shocking but most of the vein treatments in our city are being done in spas and franchised vein supermarkets.

These med spas and franchises are staffed by docs and assistants who are self-trained.

Vein specialists are very different in regards to their training, qualifications and experience.

A common mistake is to assume they’re all the same.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

For example, you’ll find out you’re in big trouble if you’ve been to a vein center where the treatment that you received failed.

To be blunt, failed varicose vein treatments are a catastrophe. They usually result in scarred veins that are far worse to deal with than the ones that you started with.

After a vein treatment attempt, your body also tends to compensate by making even more veins. It becomes a real mess.

The source of the new veins is often called a perforating vein. They are a much more difficult problem to fix.

The main difficulty in eliminating these recurrent varicose veins is trying to get lasting results.

How to the Get Best Varicose Vein Treatment Results

You always have your best shot at getting a great result the first time that you are treated. Take it from a vascular surgeon, “re dos” are messy and frustrating for the patient and the surgeon.

Re do procedures and surgery have more complications and risks. The outcomes are not as good as your first shot at it. The chances of more recurrences of the same problem can be never ending.

That vicious hamster wheel cycle of redo surgery can truly wreck your life.

To avoid that have your varicose vein surgery done right the first time.

Less procedures also mean less financial expense.

Medical care and procedures are becoming more expensive than ever. Insurance companies are shifting the burden to you by increasing deductibles.

For many people with high deductibles that means they really can’t use their insurance unless there is a catastrophic event.

As a board-certified vascular surgeon with over thirty-two years of experience treating and specializing in vein problems, I see this every week from people seeking a second opinion.

A Med Spa for Vein Treatments – Seriously?

In Pittsburgh, there are over a dozen varicose vein clinics.

Many are just spas.

Spas hire general surgeons who only work there “part time”.

Physician assistants also do your vein treatments.

Is that what you want?

These people are not vein specialists.

Veins are something that they are learning to treat on the job. That means that they are learning on you!

Check out the vein doctor’s actual training. Research what they did all of their lives before they finally got into treating veins.

All medical professionals have a digital fingerprint that you can research on the internet with a little effort.

The problem is that most people don’t make any attempt at all to find out these important details. That’s simply tempting fate.

For some reason that I can’t fully understand, many men and women in Pittsburgh choose to go to a spa to have varicose veins treatments. Needless to say, that’s not the best choice for vein treatments.

Why are people so surprised and unhappy with their varicose vein treatment results in these kinds of situations?

Many people have been to a spa first for something else.

Why Do Some People Choose a Spa for Vein Treatments?

Sometimes they choose the spa for convenience.

They have facials, Botox, injectables or other types of cosmetic procedures there and are happy.

People are eager to join their Conga line.

Then they see or are told that venous disease treatments are on the menu.

People can’t differentiate this medical procedure as being any different from the cosmetic procedures that they have had done at that same facility previously.

It all blends together.

Ah, there’s the rub.

Spas are getting overly aggressive in offering more and more invasive procedures in a pseudo medical setting that conveys comfort and pleasure.

Medical oversight is sketchy at best.

What does this mean for you?

You need a varicose vein guide.

When you have varicose vein problems, you must have a strategy.

Here are some basic rules that will help keep you out of trouble.

Three Tips to Help You Avoid a Bad Vein Pittsburgh Vein Center

When health insurance gets involved with your vein treatments, that should be your first clue that the spa is the wrong place for medical procedures.

Realize that medical problems like varicose veins are totally different than cosmetic issues.

A medical issue like varicose veins are much more important to your well-being in the long run. Always take into account that the results may not be what you expect.

Most people don’t consider that their results can’t or won’t be perfect!

Failure is an option.

Consider this first.

What would you do in case of a complication or a bad result?

Go to a real medical venous specialist like a vascular surgeon, right?

So why not start with a respected vascular surgeon who specializes in veins?

Tip #1 Choose an actual vein specialist not a place where the doctor’s name is not out front.

Start by choosing an actual vascular surgeon, not just choosing a vein place or spa that’s convenient to your home.

Why not start with a board certified vascular surgeon in the first place and avoid taking unnecessary risks?

Make sure that you consult with your surgeon before your procedure. Don’t accept some vein center’s approach of never seeing a doctor until the day of your procedure.

Those kind of vein supermarkets where you never see the same treating professional twice are trouble.

Tip #2 Make Sure the Vein Center Has Been Inspected.

It sounds too simple, but most people never check to see if the vein center that they are going to has ever been inspected.

They inspect hospitals, restaurants, planes, and even nail salons.

Vein centers are inspected too. The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission inspects and accredits vein centers.

Choose only a vein center that has been inspected.

Never have a medical procedure in a vein center that hasn’t been inspected for safety and quality.

‘Nuff said.

Tip # 3 Make sure that the vein doctor that treats you is trained in venous disease.

Without a doubt, the highest qualification of medical training in venous disease is a board certified vascular surgeon.


Vein specialists are all very different.

Always check out their training before you commit to anything.

These 5 W’s are helpful questions you need answers for – when seeking a vein expert.

  • Where did the doctor train?
  • Which specialty did the vein doctor specialize in?
  • Why did they switch into treating veins?
  • What is their real motivation for treating veins?
  • When did they start treating veins?

Are they working at a spa or vein franchise part time as a hired hand?

A vascular surgeon is the highest qualified vein specialist.

Make sure your vein doctor is not just a general surgeon who only trained in the outdated stripping operation. Rub your eyes and look again.

Above all, don’t just choose a generic vein center.

Research and carefully choose the best vein doctor who will actually care for your varicose vein problem throughout the entire course of your treatment.

The biggest regret that people have who come to me from another place is that they didn’t ask more about the vein specialist ahead of time.

Best tip ever: Have the most qualified, experienced and very best vein specialist in Pittsburgh treat your varicose veins right the first time.

Call us at 724-969-0600 or click here.

About The Author

Dr. John Happel

Dr. John Happel has been in practice as a surgeon since 1986 in the Pittsburgh region. He specializes in vascular surgery and has subspecialized in the treatment of varicose and spider veins since 1999. Dr. Happel is board certified in vascular surgery and recertified in vascular surgery in 2012. He was chosen in 1985 to fulfill the position for the vascular surgical fellowship at the world renowned Mayo Clinic.