What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins located beneath the skin’s surface that can be felt with a light touch. They may appear as twisted cords and can stand out when standing or with physical activity. While some people have varicose veins without experiencing any symptoms for years, many patients develop bothersome symptoms over time.

As walls of the veins get thinner, the size of the vein can increase causing the valves to not close properly. Blood can pool and reverse in flow leading to inflammation.

Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Normal vs Abnormal Veins

Normal vs Abnormal Veins

Diagnosing Varicose Veins

While varicose veins may be visibly obvious, underlying venous insufficiency could contribute to their development. It’s important to identify any underlying issues before recommending treatment to ensure treatments are successful. Our vascular surgeons typically recommend a venous ultrasound evaluation for a comprehensive assessment.

Treating Varicose Veins

Compression stockings are often utilized to manage varicose veins, reducing swelling and alleviating discomfort. When varicose veins and underlying venous conditions are identified, our Fox Valley Surgical vascular surgeons may recommend one or more modern vein procedures tailored to the individual’s needs. Depending on your particular varicose veins, your vascular surgeon will recommend the best procedure for you.

Advanced treatment options include:

Your Experienced Vascular Team

Dr. Robert Ballard

Robert Ballard, MD

Dr. Alexander Tretinyak
Alexander Tretinyak, MD
Sarah Wilson, MD
Sarah Wilson, MD
Dr. Jason Le
Jason Le, MD
Ariel Stilp
Ariel Stilp, APNP