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Varicose Veins

Veins carry unoxygenated blood up the legs, back to the heart to be re-oxygenated.  The veins in your legs have one-way valves, assisting the blood to circulate up the leg against gravity and to prevent the blood from flowing back down the leg.  When the valves are weak or leaky, they can’t completely close, allowing the back flow of blood down the leg where it “pools”in the lower leg.  This is known as reflux.  The pooling of the blood causes the veins to become distended and tortuous, leading to varicose veins.

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Varicose veins are common and affect both men and women.  Symptoms of varicose veins range from mild to severe, are usually progressive and  include:

  • pain and aching
  • itching
  • swelling
  • heaviness of the leg
  • visible varicosities 

Many factors contribute to varicose veins including:

  • heredity
  • pregnancy
  • hormones
  • obesity
  • trauma
  • an occupation that requires standing for long periods of time

How are Varicose Veins Treated?

If you suspect you may have varicose veins, call our office at 423-267-0466 to schedule your consult or fill out our free online vein assessment. One of our vein specialists will speak with you about symptoms and concerns and examine your legs. If it is determined you may have varicose veins, we will order an ultrasound study and instruct you to begin wearing medical grade compression socks/hose. After the ultrasound study, you will meet with a USA vascular surgeon who will let you know whether you have varicose veins, and which treatment options are available and recommended. Each patient has his or her own individualized treatment plan. We will also submit information to your insurance company to seek approval for procedures or discuss self-pay options during this time. 

vein assessment

Take our vein assessment here 

to find out if you might have varicose veins.