Varicose and Spider Veins
Varicose veins are larger, bulging veins which are usually caused by insufficiency of the great saphenous vein (a superficial vein on the inside of the thigh and calf). This reflux is detected by duplex ultrasound performed in our vascular lab. These bulging veins can be symptomatic; resulting in pain, edema, skin discoloration and even ulceration.
Spider veins are similar veins and are only a cosmetic concern. They do not typically cause pain or lead to other major complications, but they can be a sign that there is a problem with the deeper system. If this is a concern, your physician will order an ultrasound to rule out reflux in the deeper system.