Varicose veins that are treated at Hogue Vein Institute include enlarged symptomatic superficial leg veins that may appear swollen, twisted or bulging beneath the skin. Some varicose veins are hidden within the fat layer beneath the skin and are not visually apparent.
Varicose Veins Overview
The visible presence of bulging, cord-like, or tortuous veins beneath the skin is what many envision when they think of varicose veins. That is not always the case. Not all varicose veins involving the legs can be seen beneath the skin. It depends on where the varicose vein is positioned as it traverses within the fat layer between the skin and the underlying muscle.
Sometimes, varicose veins can involve perforator veins within the leg. Perforator veins are short in length, usually have a single valve, and connect superficial veins to (residing within the fat) deep veins (residing within the muscle).
Varicose veins are caused by malfunctioning or leaky valves within the veins that allows blood to flow bidirectional, rather than unidirectional. This backwards flow increases the venous pressure within the veins causing them to stretch and dilate. This vein stretching elicits leg symptoms such as pain, burning, itching, cramping, restlessness, heaviness, and fatigue. Increased venous pressure in tissues surrounding the varicose veins may cause swelling or edema, inflammatory skin changes, skin breakdown, ulcers or even catastrophic bleeding or clotting.
Hogue Vein Institute is fully accredited by IAC Vascular Testing as a vein imaging center in the area of Peripheral Venous Testing. Hogue Vein Institute provides FREE Vein Screenings and Comprehensive Vein Evaluations using state-of-the-art diagnostic ultrasound imaging systems. Hogue Vein Institute specializes in the treatment of varicose veins and spider veins.
Through our vein evaluation approach, we can diagnose the extent of your underlying vein condition, and determine whether it is medical, cosmetic, or both.
We invite you to call our office at 763-447-2500 to schedule either a FREE Vein Screening or a Comprehensive Vein Evaluation. If you have known varicose veins or if you have signs or symptoms to warrant evaluation of a medical vein condition, then we recommend a Comprehensive Vein Evaluation be scheduled initially. If you have no history of varicose veins and you do not have signs or symptoms of a medical vein condition, then we recommend an initial FREE Vein Screening be scheduled. This will allow our vein specialists to evaluate your leg veins to determine if cosmetic vein treatment is appropriate.