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Varicose Veins Specialist

Heart & Vascular Center of North Houston -  - Cardiologist

Heart & Vascular Center of North Houston

Cardiologist & Vascular Specialist located in Tomball, TX

Varicose veins rank among the most prevalent vein-related concerns, impacting approximately 30% of adults. While they usually do not lead to severe health issues, varicose veins can cause discomfort such as leg pain, swelling, and itching and even skin discoloration. At the Heart & Vascular Center of North Houston, we offer minimally invasive treatment options such as  Radiofrequency Ablation, Varithena, Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy and Microphlebectomy to effectively treat varicose veins. To learn more about the disease and your treatment options call us today to schedule a consultation.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are bulging, knotted, and rope-like veins. They occur on the legs and thighs, just beneath the surface of your skin. 

Varicose veins occur when the vein valves in your legs fail to close completely. Over time, faulty vein valves allow blood to flow backward and pool. 

Varicose veins usually aren’t a major concern, but they can make it uncomfortable to walk, stand, or exercise. In some cases, they also increase the risk of blood clots.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Symptoms of varicose veins include:

  • Twisted or bulging veins
  • Veins that are red, dark purple, or blue 
  • Aching or heavy legs
  • Burning or throbbing sensations
  • Muscle cramps
  • Itching 
  • Skin discoloration

As your varicose veins grow in size, you might also experience pain after sitting or standing for long periods.

Risk Factors for Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins affect people of all genders and races, but several factors may increase your risk, including:

  • Age
  • Pregnancy
  • Family History of Varicose Veins
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
  • Obesity
  • Prolonged Standing or Sitting
  • Hormonal Changes


How are Varicose Veins Diagnosed?

To diagnose Varicose Veins at the Heart & Vascular Center of North Houston, we conduct a physical exam, review your medical history, and ask about your symptoms and lifestyle. 

An ultrasound of your legs called a Venous Insuffiency Ultrasound is used to determine if your veins function normally or if they are incompetent and leaking. Our trained and certified technician measure the amount of reflux in the veins so that our physician can prepare your treatment plan accordingly. 

How are Varicose Veins treated?

Heart & Vascular Center of North Houston uses several methods to treat varicose veins, including:

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation uses an electrode and radiofrequency energy to heat up and destroy the incompetent vein. Following this outpatient treatment, your vein collapses and your blood reroutes to healthier veins throughout your body. 

Radiofrequency ablation is minimally invasive, safe, and usually well-tolerated.


When it comes to treating varicose veins and getting back to your regular activities, Varithena offers a nearly painless microfoam treatment, requiring only a few needle sticks. Clinical trials show that only 4.0% of patients experienced pain at the injection site. This minimally invasive procedure not only alleviates varicose vein symptoms but also improves their appearance. 


Microphlebectomy is another outpatient procedure used to treat varicose veins. During microphlebectomy, your provider makes a small incision near a vein. Then, they use a tool with a small hook on the end to pull the diseased vein out. After removing the vein, blood reroutes to healthier passageways throughout your body. 

Microphlebectomy doesn’t require sutures or stitches. There’s little downtime and recovery is easy and painless.

If varicose veins negatively affect your quality of life, schedule an appointment at Heart & Vascular Center of North Houston. Call or book online today.