Vein Disease

Nearly 70% of all women and 30% of all men will develop some sort of venous disorder (vein disease) in their lifetime.  Generally, both varicose veins and spider veins are an aesthetic issue and not a danger to your health.  However, in some patients, as vein disease progresses, they can create complications.

Vein complications can occur when the normal circulation of blood flow is hindered by the malfunction of one way valves in the veins. These valves, when functioning properly, keep the blood flow directed towards the heart. In healthy veins, when the leg muscles contract, the valves open to move the blood forward to the heart, when they relax the values close to prevent the blood from moving backwards. However, if these valves aren’t working properly the blood flow can flow backward creating pressure in the veins.

There are three types of veins in the leg. Superficial, Communicating and Deep Veins.  The superficial veins lie just under the skin. These veins carry about 15% of the blood in your legs. Communicating veins connect to the deeper veins. The deep veins carry most of the blood flow in your legs approximately 85% and lie within the muscle of the leg.

Venous disease cause spider veins, varicose veins, leg swelling, leg pain, skin changes in the leg, leg ulcers and phlebitis.  These occur for a number of reasons: family history, obesity, hormonal changes such as pregnancy, prolonged standing, and trauma.

Whether you face a condition like spider or varicose veins or something more complicated, the physicians and their mulit-faceted team at the Center for Advanced Vein Care are accustomed to looking for, recognizing and diagnosing these issues so that steps can be taken to keep them from adversly affecting your health.

Our comprehensive approach to varicose vein and spider vein treatment puts as much value on your overall health as on your physical appearance.