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How should I choose a varicose vein treatment?

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My name is Norman Bein. I'm a board certified general vascular surgeon. I have been in practice for over 35 years. I have specialized in the treatment of varicose veins and venous insufficiency for the past 10 years with 100% successful results. My offices are in Creve Coeur on Olive Boulevard and in Washington, Missouri on Highway 8. How should I choose a varicose vein treatment? I would state that far more importantly than choosing a treatment is choosing the right physician. I strongly advise a board certified general vascular surgeon, such as I am, for these procedures. Correct evaluation will lead to the correct treatment. There are many people in the community who are performing these procedures with no vascular surgery background. I strongly advise a vascular surgeon to evaluate these procedures. There are enough of us in this town that you have a choice. Even more importantly, I strongly advise a second opinion. We see many people who come into my office for a second opinion and it is quite surprising the number of people who have nothing wrong with them who have been told they need surgery. As important is the knowledge that if you have underlying saphenous insufficiency--and almost all varicosities are associated with this--you will be covered by insurance. If you are told that your insurance will not cover this, you must get a second opinion. I can tell you that over 95% of all of these patients are covered by insurance including Medicare and Medicaid.

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