What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are large twisting ropey veins that you may have seen anywhere from the thighs to the feet. While many people consider this a cosmetic issue, varicose veins are usually a sign of an underlying true medical problem and cause symptoms.


Varicose veins are typically caused by damaged underlying veins that can only be seen with ultrasound. When these underlying veins develop issues, your body forms large varicose veins. Risk factors for developing varicose veins include:

  • Increasing age
  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • Hormones
  • Weight
  • Prolonged standing
  • Previous injury
  • Previous surgery

Here in Northwest Indiana, we see many patients with vein problems who have spent years on their feet in the steel industry. Other common occupations at risk include teachers, construction workers and restaurant workers.Spending long periods of time on your feet causes blood to pool in the legs. This pressure damages the valves that help keep blood circulating in the correct direction.

What do they do?

Varicose veins cause symptoms many symptoms. These include:

  • Aching and throbbing pain
  • Itching
  • Numbness
  • Heavy and tired legs
  • Cramps
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • History of blood clots


The treatment of varicose vein disease is completely dependent on the underlying veins. In order to treat these veins we offer state of the art minimally invasive techniques to maximize outcomes and patient comfort.

Laser or Radiofrequency ablation can be used to safely and effectively close the underlying problem veins. A thin catheter is gently placed into the problematic vein. This catheter then closes the vein from the inside and the catheter is then removed. The vein is then naturally reabsorbed by your body and the blood is rerouted to healthy normal veins. This is a quick and proven outpatient procedure.

We also offer cutting edge sclerotherapy to help close the visible veins. With the injection of special medications, a tiny injection can close off large varicose veins.This is a very effective method for treating these veins. These veins will be reabsorbed by the body over time.


If necessary, removal of offending visible veins is possible through tiny incisions. This outpatient procedure is a safe and effective minimally invasive method to quickly remove these veins.

Centers for Vein Care offers the latest technology to help fix varicose veins. Treatment is usually covered by insurance! We accept all plans! Click here to make your legs better today!