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Division of Vascular Surgery

Varicose Veins

 

 

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Oxygenated blood leaves the heart by arteries, passes through capillaries and returns to the heart via veins, operating against gravity. The muscles in the calf of the leg help push blood back to the heart, while valves within the vein keep the blood from flowing back down toward the feet.

Varicose veins occur in veins when valves no longer function properly and the wall of the vessel becomes weak. Superficial veins then become large with a knotted appearance and may form abnormal branches. Valves within the "deep venous system" may also malfunction. Most varicose veins, reticular veins (small blue veins seen through the skin), and spider veins arise from the superficial system.

 

Common Symptoms

 

  • Pain in the legs or ankles
  • Tiredness in the legs
  • Heaviness
  • Leg and ankle swelling

 

 

Varicose Vein Treatments

The Vanderbilt Vascular Center utilizes several advanced methods of diagnostic testing and minimally-invasive surgical procedures to remove unwanted veins.

 

Schedule An Appointment

Contact The Vanderbilt Vascular Center at (615) 343-2887


5209 Medical Center East, South Tower Nashville TN 37232-8990

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