What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged 'rope like' veins-blood vessels that are swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. They can be flesh-colored, dark purple or blue and often look like a cluster of grapes. They are commonly found on the back of the calves, or the inside of the legs. However, they can form anywhere on the legs, from groin to ankle. 


What causes varicose veins?

Varicose eins result from abnormal inner walls or abnormal valves in these blood vessels. Blood is carried through the arteries from the heart to the rest of the body and returned to the heart through the body's veins, called the venous system.

Veins have valves that act as one-way flaps, preventing blood from backing up and pooling. When these one-way valves don't work properly, blood may flow backwards causing the veins to dilate (enlarge) and become varicose. The technical terms for this condition are venous reflux or venous insufficiency.


How common are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are very common. Millions of Americans suffer from disease of the veins. Varicose veins are more prominent in women, but approximately 15 to 20 percent of men suffer from some form of vein problem as well. Varicose veins affect one of every two people over the age of 50.


How are varicose veins treated?

Several options are available. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. After your consultation and ultrasound evaluation, the doctor will recommend the best plan of treatment for your medical needs.


Does my insurance cover treatment?

Most insurance companies cover treatments that are medically necessary for varicose veins and in most cases when conservative therapy with 'compression' stocking has failed. Any treatment for cosmetic reasons is not usually covered.


How can I get more information?

Simply call our office at (731) 686-7004.  We also frequently offer Free Varicose Vein Screening events.