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About Venous Disease
The Vascular Surgery Program at UI Health is a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, interventional radiologists, nurses, and patient navigators who work together using the most effective tools to diagnose and treat venous disease.
Varicose veins, spider veins, and other vascular conditions can affect anyone. Our vein specialists have experience managing cases that range from simple to complex. They’re dedicated to providing state-of-the-art treatment options to deliver the best outcomes and improve quality of life.
Venous disease presents itself with leg discomfort and physical changes to the legs' appearance. While there is not one specific cause of venous disease, there are various risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing the condition.
Risk factors for venous disease:
- Age (50+)
- Being a woman
- Being overweight
- Sitting or standing for long periods
- Family history
- Muscle weakness
Symptoms of Venous Disease
- Legs that feel tired, achy, heavy, or itchy
- Leg muscle cramps
- Skin changes - discoloration, dryness, redness, or rash
Diagnosing Venous Disease
A vascular sonographer will perform an ultrasound to identify venous disease. From there, the vascular surgeon and sonographer will map out the deep and superficial venous systems to create a unique treatment. Our vascular experts work together with the goal of providing a long-term, effective treatment.