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When Should I Be Concerned By Varicose Veins? Sep 8th, 2020

A series of factors can cause varicose veins. Although they are purely a cosmetic condition, most of the time, they can bring cramping, discomfort, pain, and other symptoms. People that are experiencing these uncomfortable symptoms often wonder whether medical treatment is needed for their varicose veins. Let us learn situations...

Should I Wear Support Stockings After Sclerotherapy? Aug 31st, 2020

If you have recently gone through a sclerotherapy procedure, you might be wondering about the best after-care practices. Commonly, support stockings are the first recommendation doctors make. So, let’s learn about them and why they are useful after sclerotherapy treatment. Why Wearing Compression Stockings Besides exercise, compression is needed to...

How Long Does It Take to Heal After Sclerotherapy? Aug 31st, 2020

Your veins are equipped with one-way valves that regulate blood flow. Sometimes, these valves malfunction and the blood cannot move back up towards the heart. Instead, it stays trap within your legs, causing a vein disease. Sclerotherapy is a medical treatment that uses a chemical substance called sodium tetradecyl sulfate...

4 Symptoms Of Varicose Veins and Superficial Vein Disease Aug 13th, 2020

Varicose veins can affect everyone. Although, if you’re a woman, you may be more prone to them. You may not be immediately sure that what you’re seeing are varicose veins. However, there are ways to know if a varicose vein is forming by paying close attention to these symptoms: 1....

Safe and Affordable Treatments at Our Vein Clinic Jul 3rd, 2017

If you would like to eliminate unwanted veins that are showing through your skin, you should look at the safe and affordable treatments that are available at our state-of-the-art Chicago area vein clinic. Problem veins typically come in one of two forms: varicose and spider veins. The two conditions can be...

Non-Surgical Vein Treatments: What are the Benefits? Feb 6th, 2017

When you have varicose or spider veins, it may be difficult to get excited about a day at the beach or a new pair of shorts. Not only do these veins affect you personally, but they are also sometimes painful and can lead to other health problems. Non-surgical vein treatments are safe,...

Reasons to Consider Varicose Vein Treatment Dec 4th, 2016

If you are one of the many people that have varicose veins, you have likely wondered about the best way to eliminate them. On the other hand, you may have settled on the idea that they are something that you will just learn to live with. If this is the case,...

Clarivein® Coverage by Insurance: A Change is Gonna Come! Nov 7th, 2016

Recently I was sitting on the couch with my kids as they watched an educational cartoon that explained how airplanes fly. Evidently, there are four forces at play: thrust and lift, which move the plane forward and up, respectively…and these are opposed by drag and weight, which push back and down, respectively. It’s...

Varicose and Spider Veins FAQ Oct 9th, 2016

What are Varicose Veins & Spider Veins? Varicose Veins are enlarged, often twisty veins that bulge from the surface of the skin. Most commonly on the legs & thighs. Spider Veins are smaller, web-like collections of veins. They can be varying shades of red or blue. Although mostly isolated abnormalities, they can...

Non-Surgical Vein Treatments Oct 2nd, 2016

Many have been dealing with varicose veins for years, thinking there was nothing they could do except shrug their shoulders and suffer in silence. But safe, affordable, NON-SURGICAL solutions do exist. You’ll need to find out from a vein specialist just what solutions are suitable for your situation. At Rosen Vein...

No Mo’ FOMO! Now is the Best Time to Get Your Spider Veins and Varicose Veins Treated Sep 21st, 2016

FOMO, or the “fear of missing out”, is that anxious feeling we get when, if we don’t do something in particular, we feel we may be missing something fantastic. As in, “I’m completely exhausted, but if I don’t go to Bob and Betty’s party, I’m going to really miss a...

How Does a Compression Stocking Help to Promote Blood Flow? Sep 4th, 2016

A compression stocking is used to treat a range of ailments. This includes swelling of the legs or blood accumulation in the legs when a person is standing still or sitting for an extended period of time. It is not uncommon for medical providers to recommend their use after a procedure...

Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy Injection Aug 22nd, 2016

Those large veins, having a rope-like shape, and appearing on the surface of legs are called varicose veins. These veins can crop up on you slowly but steadily over years if left untreated. It could make you feel self-conscious, causing you to hide your legs all of the time. Pain is...

Dangers of Leaving Varicose Veins Untreated Aug 14th, 2016

Varicose veins can become more than just a cosmetic concern. They can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. These complications can range from moderate to serious issues such as superficial venous thrombophlebitis, bleeding episodes and (thankfully rarely) deep vein clots. The following are several problems that could occur when venous...

What is Sclerotherapy? Aug 8th, 2016

Sclerotherapy is used to treat spider veins and varicose veins. Many patients prefer this treatment because it’s minimally invasive. It is a safe, effective treatment option for patients who have spider veins and varicose veins. If you’re in the Chicago area and considering this treatment, Dr. Rosen will personally assess your individual needs...

Importance of Choosing a Vein Specialist for Your Vein Treatment Aug 1st, 2016

Dealing with varicose veins can be a struggle. Problematic veins can make you extremely self-conscious to the point that you always keep your legs covered. They can also cause considerable discomfort. Varicose veins can also make your legs ache all of the time. Elevating your legs, wearing compression stockings, and walking may...

What is Restless Leg Syndrome and How Does It Affect My Veins? Jul 25th, 2016

Restless leg syndrome is a condition that causes an urge to move the legs around to feel comfortable. These symptoms often occur at night when patients are at rest. If you’re tired of this problem interfering with a good night’s sleep, read on to learn more about how this condition may...

A Chicago Area Vein Clinic That Takes A Holistic Approach to Varicose Veins and Spider Veins Jul 22nd, 2016

I’m a vein doctor…Phlebologist, to be more precise…with a clinic devoted to treating patients with varicose veins and spider veins in the Chicago area. Patients often come to see me in consultation as a “second opinion”. There are plenty (too many?!) other vein clinics around and, being the curious sort...

Is My Leg Pain a Sign of Vein Issues? Jul 18th, 2016

If you have chronic leg pain, you may wonder if it is a sign that there is an underlying problem with your veins. While there are a number of conditions that can cause discomfort in your legs, there are some symptoms that point toward vein issues. Consider the following symptoms that...

Varicose Veins Vs Spider Veins Jul 11th, 2016

Venous disease represents one of the most common medical problems. It often involves painful, bulging unsightly blue veins on the legs. Unfortunately, these problems won’t get better without treatment.Before searching for a Chicago vein clinic, let’s take a look at the two most common forms of superficial vein disease: spider...

What is VenaSeal® Vein Treatment? Jul 4th, 2016

VenaSeal® is an effective treatment for chronic superficial venous insufficiency, the underlying cause of many varicose veins. VenaSeal® uses a state-of-the-art medical glue to seal those veins that have improper blood flow. It has been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and is a safe, minimally-invasive procedure. The varicose vein...

What’s In A Name for a Chicago Area Vein Doctor’s Practice? Jun 27th, 2016

For me, being a doctor is really a privilege. I go to work each day in my Chicago area clinic devoted to treating varicose and spider veins on the legs, looking forward to seeing patients and helping them have legs that feel and look better. I have to admit it,...

Recognizing Early Symptoms of Venous Disease Jun 20th, 2016

Vein disease can be sneaky. For some patients, the concept of having issues with their leg veins is obvious….huge, bulging, painful varicose veins. For a great many others, things can be a lot more subtle. In many cases, chronic superficial vein disease may be caused by a problem known as venous insufficiency:...

Advantages of ClariVein® for Vein Treatment Jun 13th, 2016

I strive for excellence; to improve upon the care I offer my patients each day. To search out new treatments and techniques that may offer great results with less discomfort. Clarivein® seems to do just that. ClariVein® is a minimally-invasive treatment for venous insufficiency: the underlying issue that leads, in many cases, to chronic...

Common Causes of Spider Veins Jun 6th, 2016

Have you recently noticed a web of dilated blue or red veins in your legs? Those are likely spider veins, which are caused by an increased pressure inside the blood vessels. They are comparable to varicose veins, but are smaller in size. Although they can appear anywhere on the body, spider...

What is a Compression Stocking? May 23rd, 2016

A compression stocking is a medical device that is designed to improve the blood flow in your legs. As the name suggests, a compression stocking improves blood flow by adding extremal pressure on your legs, typically stronger by the feet and ankles and less as it goes up the leg/thigh. This “gradient...

How is Ultrasound Used in a Vein Exam? May 16th, 2016

Ultrasound is a noninvasive treatment used to evaluate varicose veins and symptoms of venous insufficiency. Many patients complain of legs that feel heavy & tired, often with intermittent swelling, chronic leg cramps and “restless legs”, especially at night. During the consultation visit, Dr. Rosen determines if an ultrasound is an appropriate test to...

The Modern Approach To Vein Disease May 9th, 2016

Venous disease is one of the most common and bothersome conditions. It affects millions of Americans and can have a negative impact on the way legs feel and look. Effectively addressing vein disease requires assessing for and treating any lingering underlying causes as well as changes that occurred at the skin...

What Can Happen if Venous Issues Go Untreated? May 2nd, 2016

Chronic vein disease including spider veins and varicose veins affects millions of Americans. Though often, mistakenly considered as merely a “cosmetic” venous issue, the reality is that many patients with chronic vein disease may be ignoring underlying problems that may lead to serious consequences if left untreated over time. It’s in...

Common Causes of Venous Disease Apr 25th, 2016

Venous diseases are extremely common. About half of all Americans suffer from some form of venous disease during the course of their lifetime. Of all venous issues, spider veins and varicose veins are the most prevalent. Sometimes, people ignore their venous disease, but being proactive can prevent some serious issues from arising in the...

Treating Varicose Veins with Foam Sclerotherapy Apr 18th, 2016

Varicose veins…those bulging, annoying and often painful veins… commonly appear on the legs. While you can’t wish them away or make them disappear with a lotion or cream…foam sclerotherapy might be an effective solution to finally and permanently rid your legs of varicose veins. How Can Foam Sclerotherapy Help You? Foam...

How Can Pregnancy Affect My Leg Veins? Apr 11th, 2016

Pregnancy causes many changes within a woman’s body. Hormones rapidly change, as does the overall chemistry of a woman’s body. While most changes are beneficial to the baby growing inside of a woman, some of them may cause undesirable side effects. The leg veins are an area where different undesirable symptoms may manifest...

Do You Need a Surgeon to Remove Varicose Veins? Not Anymore! Apr 4th, 2016

What is Foam Sclerotherapy? If you’re looking for a vein clinic that offers state-of-the-art treatments to eliminate your varicose veins, look no further. As a premiere vein clinic in the Chicago / North Shore area, Rosen Vein Care offers a very safe, effective, comfortable treatment called foam sclerotherapy to accomplish this goal....

Common Causes of Superficial Venous Insufficiency Mar 28th, 2016

Venous insufficiency is a condition in which veins aren’t properly returning blood upwards from the leg to the heart. The underlying reason blood doesn’t move effectively is due to malfunctioning valves in the veins; ordinarily they should only allow proper, upward, one-way flow. When they malfunction, valves allow wrong-way, downward...

Endovenous Laser Ablation: Cutting-edge technology, without the cutting. Mar 21st, 2016

When I was a kid, I’d watch shows like Star Wars/Trek and look forward to a future bright with the promise of nifty answers to daily challenges: flying cars, on-demand food from a box in your kitchen and tricorder gizmos that you wave over boo-boos for an instant heal. Well, the car...

Advantages of VenaSeal® Vein Treatment Mar 7th, 2016

Varicose veins affect millions of Americans. This common manifestation of venous disease can lead to decreased confidence, discomfort, pain and other unwanted side effects. The cause of varicose veins can typically be traced back to an inherited disposition to developing them (which is why they are common in men and...

ClariVein® for Nonsurgical Varicose Vein Removal Feb 22nd, 2016

Many women forego having their varicose veins treated because they are under the impression that invasive surgery is the only cure. In fact, varicose veins can be dealt with by minimally-invasive, maximally-comfortable procedures. For more than a decade, endovenous thermal (laser or radiofrequency) ablation techniques have used heat to seal problematic veins...

Can Spider Veins Be Removed Easily, Comfortably and Effectively? Feb 15th, 2016

Spider veins are small veins that leave blue or purple “trails” on your skin. Spider veins are typically an aesthetic issue but sometimes may be the sign of significant underlying issues in a patient’s superficial venous system. Many patients have associated discomfort, swelling, leg cramps and even “restless leg syndrome”. They...

What Kinds of Veins Can Be Treated with Sclerotherapy? Feb 8th, 2016

Millions of men and women have spider and varicose veins. First introduced more than 100 years ago, sclerotherapy is a popular medical technique that permanently removes these enlarged veins, which are typically found in the legs. The procedure is also performed to treat smaller varicose veins that can appear after surgery. Depending on...

What are Varicose Veins and How are They Treated? Feb 1st, 2016

Varicose veins are enlarged and twisted veins that are visible beneath the skin. These veins usually form in the legs and the feet, but they can be seen in other parts of the body as well. This vascular condition develops as a result of pressure that is placed on the lower...

True Varicose Vein Stories: The Felonious Feline Jan 26th, 2016

In the North Suburbs of Chicago, there are two types of people: cat people & dog people. I guess I always considered myself a dog person, now I know why that was a sensible decision. Not to alienate the cat people, but I once read a story originating from Brookfield, IL...

Brief candles, enduring lessons. Jan 26th, 2016

I know, it’s been a while since my last post. Mostly for good reasons…things, thank G-d, have been busy at Rosen Vein Care. Sometimes it’s tough to put words to page due to lack of time and opportunity. Other times, like now, it’s tough because the words don’t come easily....

To Treat or Not To Treat…That is the (vein treatment) question. Jan 26th, 2016

I spent a long time getting my medical training. Since my background is pretty broad…back-to-back residencies in Internal Medicine & Emergency Medicine…and then doing MORE training in the specialty devoted to treating vein disease called Phlebology…I learned a whole lot about a whole lot of things. Some of the most...

My Kind of Town, Your Kind of Varicose Vein Treatments Jan 26th, 2016

You know, I wasn’t always a suburbanite doctor specializing in spider vein and varicose vein treatment. I’m a born-and-bred Chicagoan. North sider. I was raised a pop-not-soda-drinking, pothole-avoiding, early-and-often-voting, lawn-chair-parking-spot-saving Cubs fan. Forget the epithet “The Second City”…not just cuz we’re the third largest by population at this point…Chicago is “The First...

Hobbies, Happiness &(spoiler alert):The Meaning of Life & Spider Veins Jan 26th, 2016

When I’m not in my comfortably-appointed office doing varicose vein treatments and spider vein treatments as a vein specialist in the North Suburbs of Chicago, I can tell you what I don’t do: I don’t shoot animals…endangered or otherwise. My hobbies are far simpler and less violent….playing with my kids...

Keep Calm & Sclero On: Vein Treatments = Doable Jan 26th, 2016

In under 2 weeks we’ll be celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of my oldest child, Jacob. He’s a great kid (apple…tree…’nuff said) and I couldn’t be more proud to be his Dad for too many reasons to mention during this short post…so I’ll spread the kvelling out over time. Bar Mitzvahs...

Rosen Vein Care: Warm-Fuzzy, not cold-prickly vein treatments Jan 26th, 2016

I’m just not cut out for the corporate world;I guess I’ll happily stick to being a doctor in the suburbs of Chicago that offers comfortable/safe/effective/affortable varicose and spider vein treatment. It’s not about aptitude [I think I could hang]…it’s about the language. Some of it is so cold and impersonal…and...

“Back to the Future Day” at Rosen Vein Care Jan 26th, 2016

Where is my hoverboard?! Where is my garbage-powered flying car?! These are the questions we are all asking today, October 21st 2015…which you may not know, is Back To The Future Day….the day that Marty McFly was transported to in Back To The Future 2. We may not be wearing...

On Awesomeness: Transparency & Vein Treatment Jan 26th, 2016

I’m sitting in my kitchen in the early morning hours with my laptop and a cuppa coffee to keep me company. Wife and kids asleep. House quiet, except the low drone of the fridge. I look outside the window and see the 50 foot tall pine trees slowly swaying in...

Problem with varicose veins? Vein Specialist=Problem Solver Jan 26th, 2016

As a vein specialist in practice for a number of years, I have mentored a bunch of students who were thinking about going into medicine or other fields in health care. One of the common things they kvetch about…that all of us who went through it kvetched about…is “Why do...

Wishes vs Dreams: House of Mouse and Varicose Veins of Legs Jan 26th, 2016

I’m in Disneyworld. The “House of Mouse”. Away from my own magic kingdom of varicose vein and spider vein treatments. And if you’ve never been to Orlando in August, it’s like walking through soup… and then sometime in the afternoon the sky erupts and a biblical rainshower ensues for about...

(Early) New Year’s Resolutions & Vein Treatments Jan 26th, 2016

It’s officially Fall around Chicagoland; this year it looks like it might last longer than 5 minutes before we are inundated with snow. Even though there’s no snow on the ground…and it’s only October…it’s time for New Year’s resolutions. For Jewish folk like me…our new year started in mid-September. It’s...

Free Webcast: Understanding The Costs of Vein Treatments Jan 26th, 2016

If you are like many people out there, you have some chronic issues with varicose veins, spider veins or both. The mere fact that you still have varicose veins and/or spider veins and haven’t dealt with them is probably because: 1. You are apprehensive about the treatments: “Are they painful?”No!...

Ask Northbrook Vein Specialist Dr. Rosen: Endovenous Laser Treatment Jan 25th, 2016

As a board-certified vein specialist, I am part of a group of vein experts that is asked to field questions from the general public in an online forum. Recently a patient asked the following fantastic question: “How do I know it’s the right time to have vein ablation treatment?” The patient visited...

Q&A with Vein Doctor David Rosen: “How Are Varicose Veins Treated?” Jan 25th, 2016

Hello again, VeinBlog fans. It’s Dr Rosen…I’m a vein specialist conveniently located in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago…and today is the latest installment in Rosen Vein Care’sQ&A Sessions on Varicose and Spider Veins. Today’s topic: “How are varicose veins on the legs treated?” First, let’s define our terms:Varicose veinsare...

5 Reasons Why Now Is The Right Time For Spider/Varicose Vein Treatment Jan 25th, 2016

Every minute of every day we are confronted with choices. After years of practice, we’ve all become experts at existential triage: sorting the needs from wants; prioritizing the should-do’s from the like-to’s. When it comes to vein disease…along with other relentlessly progressive medical issues…it’s really in your best interest, and the interest of those who love...

Pride Comes Before The Fall; Kvelling Before Summer Jan 25th, 2016

It’s the time of year when we celebrate our family members who have graduated…kindergarten through grad schools and beyond. For extended family, it’s a great reason to get together and celebrate…but for parents, it’s a time for what can only be best expressed in Yiddish: kvelling. To kvell means to simply...

Insurance Coverage For Vein Treatments: Medicare Cares! Jan 25th, 2016

Medicare Insurance Coverage For Treatment of Vein Disease Whatever your political ilk or inclination,you gotta give props when they are deserved, to those aspects of government “of the people” and “by the people” that actually work “for the people”. This is true in the case of insurance coverage for vein...

Another Modest Proposal: Grandfather Clocks & Vein Treatments Jan 25th, 2016

In the original “Modest Proposal” in 1729, Jonathan Swift suggested that the way to relieve society of the burden of poor children was, well…to eat them. No, he wasn’t serious. Yes, he was a freaking marketing genius. His satire was so inflammatory and provocative that we’re still mentioning it almost...

Summer: A GREAT Time To Get Varicose Veins Evaluated! Jan 25th, 2016

Other than actually diagnosing and treating vein disease, my next most important role is serving as a teacher and advisor to my current and potential patients. That’s why I go and give lectures and write blog posts about vein disease as often as my work/home schedule allows. Of all the...

Choose Your Own AdVEINture: Varicose & Spider Vein Treatments Jan 25th, 2016

I pride myself on the fact that Rosen Vein Care offers treatments that are state-of-the-art. Treatments such as Clarivein® that few docs in the area, if not the country have much experience with. But…I’m kind of a perfectionist by nature…not a bad quality for someone you are entrusting to provide...

Fauxcellarm and Spider Veins? I Don’t Know! Jan 25th, 2016

Though I work in a small niche on the frontier of modern medicine…Phlebology…or the field devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins and spider veins and the underlying issues that may lead to them…I really try to keep up with new and innovative ideas in many fields. Many...

Decision, Choice & Vein Doctors: There Can Be Only One Jan 25th, 2016

Many of you know that I used to be an attending physician in an Emergency Department before I did more training…passed another board exam…and worked as a vein doctor…specializing in diagnosing and treating spider veins and varicose veins. Many of my patients have asked if I missed being in the...

5 Things to Ask Your Vein Doctor Jan 25th, 2016

When I look at the data about visitors to my website, I see that people are finding me from all over the world. While that’s awesome and flattering, I can’t expect that patients would be willing to commute from The Netherlands or Australia to have me provide their varicose vein...

(Vein Treatments) + (Sharing) = Rosen Vein Care-ing Jan 25th, 2016

When I first created the blog, I knew at the outset that I didnt want it to be solely about vein-related stuff. I spend a great deal of time discussing varicose and spider veins and reading about them and discussing them some more and performing varicose and spider vein treatments…but...

Think Left of Boom: Proactive vs Reactive Vein Treatment Jan 25th, 2016

The family and I are on vacation now and I have the great fortune of spending time in the company of a true hero…West Point graduate…veteran of 3 tours to the middle east where his job was to lead a group of men involved in dealing with things that go...

Forget the Tie,Get Dad Compression Stockings! Vein Disease in Men Jan 25th, 2016

Father’s Day is coming this weekend…and that means you and I will be bombarded with spam and facebook posts with the typical banal statements that relate to the day. If you’ve read any of my other Vein Blog posts, you’ve already realized that I tend to approach things with either...

Vein Disease Tips #1: Preventing Economy Class Syndrome Jan 25th, 2016

Hello again! It’s Dr. Dave wiling to share some interesting vein facts…and the other half of my tuna sandwich from lunch if you need it. I regularly attend special conferences given by the American College of Phlebology (the governing body of the field specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of...

Squad Goals…”Friends with Veinefits” in the North Shore Jan 25th, 2016

OK…so I tried the “Q&A” blog format per my internet guru’s recommendation, but in some ways I feel that it stifles my creativity. It’s kinda like telling Michaelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel with a rollerbrush and a bucket of beige paint. Yeah, it’ll get the job done, but…really?! So,...

Q&A with Vein Doctor Rosen: “Why Did I Get Varicose Veins?” Jan 25th, 2016

It’s a new month, so I’d like to try a new format: Q & A. When I see patients in consultation regarding their leg veins I allow plenty of time to answer any questions. Since the central focus of my practice located in the North Shore area of Chicago is...

3 Rosen Reasons Why Now Is The Best Time For Vein Treatments Jan 25th, 2016

Varicose veins and spider veins are issues that often develop in our teens and 20’s and get progressively worse as time passes. Other than during pregnancies, they typically progress very slowly. Associated symptoms, when present, are annoying things such as “heaviness”, tired legs, cramping, “restless legs” and swelling. It’s the...

Rosen Vein Care Lectures: Sclerotherapy Apr 13th, 2015

Definitive treatment for spider veins involves injections. Some will claim that superficial lasers or radiofrequency generators can do the job…but, in my opinion…based on experience…I would recommend starting with sclerotherapy first and use those other modalities as a last resort or to treat veins too small to enter with a...

Rosen Vein Care Lectures: Varicose Vein Treatments Part 3: Clarivein® Apr 6th, 2015

Wow… a three-parter. Makes me think of “3-Peat”, which makes me think of the glory days of Da Bulls. I’d like to think of myself as the Michael Jordan of vein docs here in my arena at Rosen Vein Care, conveniently located in Northbrook. About the closest I’ll ever come to making...

Rosen Vein Lectures: Vein Treatments, Part 2 Mar 19th, 2015

Long before my career as a vein doc performing varicose and spider vein treatments in the North suburbs of Chicago began, I worked a series of jobs and volunteered for many organizations around Chicagoland before and during my undergrad years: Lifeguard, delivering meals-on-wheels for the elderly, crisis hotline counselor, keyboardist in...

Rosen Vein Rant #1: The Internet of Things Veiny Mar 17th, 2015

OK…so every once in a while I have to take a break from veinblogging to reflect on the Internet as a whole. Being a nerd…no, please…dont all jump up and disagree with me too hastily,thanks…I took a pretty early interest in the Internet back in the early 90’s. Back then...

Rosen Vein Lectures: Treatment Options, part 1 Mar 11th, 2015

As a Chicago native and a successful North Suburban transplant, I’m a vein doctor that has seen some pretty significant changes happen around Chicagoland over the years. But all of the political, socioeconomic and demographic changes pale by comparison to the significant technological breakthroughs that have rolled into town over...

Rosen Vein Lectures Diagnosis, Part 3: Classification Mar 9th, 2015

Pop Quiz: What do Chicago (and the Northern Suburbs) have in common with Antarctica? If you can’t answer the question then you are likely reading this on the veranda of your winter refuge someplace far away and warm. Yes, I still have sympathy for you and your vein issues…but perhaps just a...

Rosen Vein Lecture 105: Diagnosis, part 2…The Ultrasound Exam Mar 5th, 2015

Diagnosis: The UltrasoundDon’t freak-out…this is not going to be an in-depth, headache-provoking foray into the vagaries of ultrasound physics. [whew!] Simply put, an ultrasound probe puts out sound waves that either pass through or bump into things. Think of a submarine under water or a radar above ground…sending out signals...

Rosen Vein Lecture105: Diagnosis, part 1…Recogizing the Problem Mar 2nd, 2015

Rosen Vein Lectures 105: Diagnosing Vein Disease Former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said something like “pornography is hard to define, but you know it when you see it.” That’s not always true when it comes to vein disease. It isn’t always about what you see at the surface. In...

RosenVeinLecture 104,Pt2: Why Bad Veins Happen To Good People Feb 24th, 2015

Venous Pathophysiology, Part 2 The whole of the Chicagoland area…including Northbrook where Rosen Vein Care is located…was once burdened by a sheet of glacial ice that oppressively flowed southward from Wisconsin. But hey…that’s just a theory. It’s not as if there was a video camera catching the evidence as it...

Rosen Vein 104:Pathophysiology or “Veins Gone Wild!”,Part 1 Feb 23rd, 2015

Venous Pathophysiology, Part 1: The North Suburbs of Chicago seems an idyllic place. Great schools. Lovely parks. The beautiful state-of-the-art Rosen Vein Care office in The Professional Plaza at Northbrook Court. But despite all the local trappings and amenities, we live in an imperfect world. The second year of med...

Rosen Vein Lecture 103:Leg Vein Physiology(How veins work) Feb 16th, 2015

Some people living in Chicago and the Chicagoland Suburbs who happen to suffer from varicose and spider veins take comfort in the fact that for 8-9 months out of the year it’s too cold to wear shorts…and therefore they can avoid wearing shorts along with everyone else around them. This...

Rosen Vein Lecture 102: Lower Extremity Vein Anatomy Feb 13th, 2015

My goal for this blog is to provide patients suffering from varicose vein disease in the Chicagoland area with the tools they need to be the most informed patients they can be. Treating your varicose vein disease is a team effort and you are the most valuable player on the team! While...

Chicagoland Vein Lectures 101: Risk Factors for Vein Disease Feb 11th, 2015

So, you’ve decided to stick with Chicagoland Vein Blog on this journey to explore the strange and interesting world of vein disease. I thank you. I’m blogging from Vein Blog Central, our modern, comfortable office space located in Northbrook…conveniently located…ironically for a “vein” clinic…between the two main North Shore “arteries”...

The Vein Blog That Cares Feb 9th, 2015

Rosen Vein Care, one of the premier Chicagoland practices devoted solely to the field of Phlebology (the treatment of venous disease including varicose/spider veins) recently had a website rehab. In addition, it was high time to refresh the VeinBlog,too. My name is Dr. David Rosen and I am the founder...

Varicose Veins Jan 26th, 2015

Varicose veins are the veins underneath your skin that look red or blue. These veins sometimes become enlarged and can bulge or twist, as well as becoming raised above the skin’s surface. For many, they are unsightly and can also cause pain or discomfort. You may have them as a...