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Vein Disease

The Vein Center at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Heart & Vascular Center has been caring for patients with vein disease since 1983. Our vascular surgeons have specialized training dedicated solely to vein disease and have successfully treated thousands of patients. We offer treatment options for every type of venous disorder including varicose veins, spider veins and venous ulceration.

It’s important to have your veins examined by a vascular surgeon to determine the severity and necessary treatment. If left untreated, vein disease can lead to serious health problems. Our vein specialists also have the training and experience to identify and treat more serious circulation problems, including peripheral vascular disease or mixed arterial and venous disease, which have similar symptoms as vein disease.

Types of Vein Disease

Varicose veins and spider veins are the two most common vein problems we treat. Although they have similar causes and symptoms, they are very different. Varicose veins can cause pain and lead to serious health problems, while spider veins are generally more of a cosmetic concern. Many patients have both and it’s typically best to treat the varicose veins first and the spider veins later.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged superficial veins that both men and women can develop. They can occur in any age group, starting in adolescence. Pregnancy, weight gain, long periods of standing and a family history of varicose veins are all risk factors for this vein disease. 

Varicose veins can cause swelling in the ankle area, aching or restless legs, night leg cramps and leg fatigue after long periods of standing or sitting. If left untreated, they can progress to cause skin damage including darkening of the skin or even ulcers. Learn more about treatment options for varicose veins.

Spider Veins

Spider veins look like a nest of fine blue or red lines just under your skin. They’re not usually a serious medical problem, but can be a cosmetic concern. In some cases, they can cause symptoms of aching, burning and itching.

Most people will develop spider veins with age and they are often more prominent for women. Learn more about spider veins including treatment options.

Why Choose Us?

Vascular surgery is the only medical specialty that focuses solely on treating diseases of the blood vessels, both arteries and veins. Our vein specialists are board-certified vascular surgeons and are trained in all facets of vein and artery disease. In addition to an expert tream, we offer:

  • National leadership: Our nationally renowned vascular surgeons help educate future vein specialists at Washington University School of Medicine. They are leaders in vascular disease and vein disease medical societies.
  • Comprehensive evaluation: Our patients get fully evaluated in an Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) accredited vascular lab using state-of-the-art technology and testing.
  • Advanced treatment options: We offer the latest treatments for varicose veins and spider veins including minimally invasive options.
  • Personalized care: Our doctors have deep knowledge and experience with treating vein disease. Together, we’ll develop a personalized plan to provide the best possible outcome for you.

Contact Us

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