Our surgeons treat hundreds of cases of varicose veins annually. They are enlarged, twisted veins that are visible near the skin’s surface. This is a common occurrence that is hereditary but can also be caused by pregnancy, excess body weight, or spending long periods of times standing every day. The most common symptom is the appearance of these veins in the legs. Other symptoms include swelling in the feet, ankles or legs, a feeling of heaviness in the legs, calf pain, and dry, scaly skin.
Diagnosis of this condition consists of a simple exam, and a UConn Health vascular surgeon may recommend endovenous laser varicose vein surgery, a noninvasive procedure that uses heat to treat the condition.