Those bulging, knotted blue veins that appear in your legs, called varicose veins, rarely lead to health problems. But many people want them gone anyway. “For most of my patients, the reason they want to get rid of them is because they don’t look good,” says vascular surgeon Bauer Sumpio, MD, PhD.
In the most severe cases, however, varicose veins can cause significant pain, swelling, and even ulcers. The good news is, with today’s minimally invasive surgical procedures, patients won’t need to plan their lives around major surgery. Varicose veins can usually be taken care of by a short visit to an outpatient clinic, with no need to go to the hospital.
At Yale Medicine, patients with varicose veins are matched with a doctor from our multi-disciplinary team—including vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, and cardiologists—to ensure that each receives the personalized treatment best for him or her.