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Varicose Veins

Understanding what's underneath the surface.

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What are varicose veins?

Bulging veins that indicate an underlying disease that we can treat.

Varicose veins are enlarged, bulgy veins that you can clearly see above the surface of the skin. They’re found most commonly in the legs, but not always.

Varicose veins aren’t always just directly under the skin–they often occur deeper underneath the skin’s surface where you can’t easily see them. This is where vein disease can lay hidden, worsening over time, so it’s important for vascular specialists to get underneath the surface to treat the underlying cause.

Symptoms of Varicose Veins

-Aside from an unpleasant appearance, symptoms can include: pain, fatigue, itching, burning, swelling, cramping, restlessness, and throbbing.

Illustration of varicose veins

  • Appearance
    Large, bulging, rope-like; color varies
  • Location
    Usually legs, rarely arms
  • Severity
    Moderate, and indicative of vein disease
  • Discomfort
    Moderate; frequently a problem

What causes varicose veins?

Most people have varicose veins because of malfunctioning valves.

Varicose veins are caused by unhealthy valves inside the veins that impede the normal flow of blood back to the heart. Blood pools in the veins, enlarging and distorting them. Watch the video below and learn more about varicose veins and the available treatment options.

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Who gets varicose veins?

Men and women of all ages can develop varicose veins.

Many of us will eventually encounter vein health issues. It’s usually hereditary, so if your parents or grandparents have or had varicose veins, you’re more likely to develop them, too. If you become pregnant or have a job or lifestyle that requires standing for long periods of time, this may worsen the condition.

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After treatment I could do all my regular activities; I was able to run within a few days.

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Varicose veins diagnosis & treatment

Quick, effective outpatient visits treat the root cause, not just the symptoms.

Varicose veins and their underlying cause are quite treatable, and it’s our specialty at Vein Clinics of America. We offer patients two main varicose vein treatment procedures – both quick, minimally invasive, and requiring no hospitalization – that seal off veins with unhealthy valves. Blood circulation then returns to the veins with properly working valves, and closed veins are eventually absorbed back into the body.

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