Varicose Veins

Signs & Symptoms

Some families have a predisposition to varicose veins. But, the condition can also be the result of certain lifestyles such as a job that requires prolonged sitting or standing. Carrying excess weight adds stress to your legs and can furthermore impact the probability of getting varicose veins.

Below are some common symptoms associated with varicose veins:

Buldging veins or spider veins

Aching or heaviness in legs

Swollen calves

Skin discoloration

Red, dry, and itchy patches of skin

Leg cramps

Restless leg syndrome

Tired Legs


What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted and, in some cases, swollen veins that exist just under the surface of the skin. The condition is commonly found in the superficial veins that work with leg muscles to return blood back up to the heart. 

When we sit or stand for a long periods of time, blood tends to pool in the legs, causing the pressure to increase in our veins. Over time, this can weaken the walls of the veins and damage valves that are important for blood flow, resulting in varicose veins.

In some cases, varicose veins & spider veins, a milder and less medically significant variation of varicose veins, are a cosmetic concern. However, for others, the damage can cause aching pain and discomfort, especially when standing or walking. 


Varicose veins will not get better left untreated and there is no medication to improve them. Moreover, if left untreated, they may lead to more serious problems. There is a multitude of treatment options ranging from non-invasive all the way to surgical avenues. Whatever your preference is, it's important to consult with a qualified physician to identify the best treatment plan for you. University Vascular treats a wide range of vein conditions, including varicose veins.

Why choose us?

In 2012, the top vascular surgeons from Northeast Georgia Medical Center & Athens Regional Hospital joined together to address the need for quality vascular care in our region. Our physicians are not only the founders and innovators of our vein treatment program, they are experienced, fellowship-trained, board-certified vascular surgeons who are uniquely qualified to treat a range of vascular conditions.

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