Varicose Veins Specialist

Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists

Cardiovascular Specialists & Interventional Cardiologists located in Downriver Area, Southgate, MI

Many people view varicose veins as nothing more than a cosmetic problem. And though they are unattractive, the condition that causes varicose veins can lead to serious problems like non-healing ulcers. The providers at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists use their years of experience to treat varicose veins safely and effectively, easing your symptoms while also curing the underlying cause. To schedule an appointment, call the Downriver area office in Southgate, Michigan, or use the online booking feature today.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What causes varicose veins?

Veins rely on one-way valves to keep blood flowing toward your heart. These valves are especially important in your leg veins as these vessels carry blood up the legs against the pull of gravity.

When a valve weakens or is damaged, it lets some blood go down your leg. This condition, called venous insufficiency, allows blood to pool in that section of the vein.

Over time, the blood accumulates and engorges the vein. That’s when you end up with twisted, dark bluish-purple varicose veins that bulge above the skin’s surface.

What symptoms develop if I have varicose veins?

Varicose veins often cause symptoms such as:

  • Leg pain
  • Heavy-feeling legs
  • Edema (swelling due to fluids)
  • Restless legs
  • Itchy legs
  • Muscle cramps
  • Burning or throbbing
  • Spontaneous bleeding

Even if you don’t experience any of these common symptoms, venous insufficiency can lead to other problems.

Venous insufficiency causes high blood pressure in the veins in your lower legs. Then you can end up with problems in your lower leg such as an eczema-like skin rash, discolored and thickened skin, and venous stasis ulcers.

Venous ulcers are dangerous because they don’t heal unless you get advanced wound care at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists. When ulcers go untreated, they enlarge and put you at risk for skin and bone infections.

How are varicose veins treated?

The team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists may perform a vascular ultrasound to view your veins. Then they recommend a treatment such as: 

Compression stockings

Compression stockings gently squeeze your leg. They’re tighter around your ankle and get slightly looser as they go up your leg, creating compression that improves blood flow. 


Your provider injects a medication called a sclerosing agent into your varicose veins. The medication makes the vein wall collapse and turn into scar tissue. Then your body gradually clears away the treated tissues.

Sclerotherapy eliminates varicose veins and damaged valves. Your body restores healthy circulation by rerouting the blood flow through another vein. 

Radiofrequency ablation

During this treatment, your provider inserts a catheter into the varicose vein, then sends radiofrequency energy into the vein wall. The heat makes the vein collapse, producing the same results as sclerotherapy. 

Ambulatory phlebectomy

Your provider uses a specialized tool to remove your varicose veins through tiny incisions.

If you need treatment for varicose veins, call Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists, or schedule an appointment online today.