Vein Pearls

I have blue veins on my legs, are they varicose veins?

Varicose veins: a simplified definition Varicose veins are twisty, bulgy veins commonly seen on the legs. They are bluish in color and may be found in the thighs, calves, and feet. Occasionally, varicose veins can be seen higher up in the female genitalia (labia). People often worry about their varicose veins worsening over time. They […]

What is my best option for spider vein treatment?

We are bombarded by ads promising to spider vein treatment using lasers, sclerotherapy, vein pills, vein creams and so much more. This can lead to confusion as to what method of treatment is best or even legitimate.Not much has changed in the treatment of spider veins over 50 years. Sclerotherapy remains the gold standard for spider […]

I was told I need varicose vein surgery. Is there any other solution?

Is varicose vein surgery or vein stripping the only option for treatment?   You may have heard from a friend or family member of their experience with surgical vein stripping and perhaps this has turned you away from seeking treatment of your varicose veins.  Many people cringe at the thought of an invasive surgical procedure. There’s good […]

Pregnancy and varicose veins. What’s happening to my legs?

Pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life. It’s a time most women will remember as they undergo bodily changes and morph into a mother. As a woman goes through the ten months of pregnancy, a lot of bodily changes can happen. Some changes are expected and exciting, such as the kick of a […]

Who Should Treat My Veins?

Choosing the right physician to treat vein disorders is an important and intensely personal decision. You want the person working on your body’s internal systems to be trustworthy, knowledgeable and accomplished in this complex field. To make the best selection in treatment providers, patients must consider many factors. These include the physician’s background, the ability […]

5 Things you need to know before your ultrasound visit

Contributed by our resident ultrasound technologist and guest blogger Kent Chang, RVT 1. What is an ultrasound study of the legs? An ultrasound is a fast, painless and simple study. Images of your vein and arteries are taken and stored. An ultrasound will be able to outline your anatomy, abnormalities in arteries such as aneurysms (larger […]

Varicose Vein Myths: Crossing Your Legs

Do you have varicose veins? You’ve probably heard that crossing your legs is to blame, or at least makes them worse. Varicose veins can be unsightly and uncomfortable, and appear in men or women of any age. Women of childbearing age who have a family history of varicose veins or stand for long hours during the day […]

Varicose Vein Misconceptions: Women Only

Are women the only group at risk for varicose veins and vein disease? Many who are unfamiliar with vein disease believe that varicose veins are the exclusive territory of females, or the elderly, or people in poor health. Men and women of all ages and body types, however, are susceptible to varicose veins. As many as […]

Going to a vein clinic? What to expect on your initial visit

You probably noticed some visible veins on your legs; perhaps for months or years. Some veins may appear to be tiny, bluish and superficial known as spider veins. Other veins may appear somewhat larger and perhaps bulgy, twisty and ropey forming ‘bumps’ scattered in various areas of your legs. Typically veins that are 5mm or larger, […]

5 Common Symptoms of Vein Disease

Blood is transported through your body in two ways: Arteries carry blood from your heart, while veins carry it back. Normally functioning valves in the leg veins move blood through the pelvic veins and back to the heart. When valves leak, blood begins to collect and pool in the legs, creating pressure that leads to discomfort […]