Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are enlarged and twisted veins located near the surface of the skin. They are mostly found in the legs and ankles because standing and walking increases pressure in the veins of the lower body. While they are usually not serious, they can lead to other problems. Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves and veins. There are one-way valves in veins that help keep blood flowing from the legs to the heart, but when the valves do not work as they should, blood collects in the legs and pressure builds up. That pressure makes the veins become weak, large and twisted.


Whether you are looking for treatment for spider and varicose veins or a more complex vein problem, The UAB Vein Clinic offers comprehensive evaluation, specialized treatment, and compassionate care for the health of your veins.

As central Alabama’s premier comprehensive vein center, The UAB Vein Clinic provides state-of-the-art cosmetic, minimally-invasive, and surgical treatments by vascular specialists and medical experts who are specialty trained in vein disease.

The clinic, located at UAB Hospital-Highlands, provides outpatient care, while more intensive treatment is provided at UAB Hospital. The UAB Vein Clinic is part of the larger UAB Vein Program. As the only program of its kind in the state, the UAB Vein Program is designed to care for a wide range of venous problems.

When you choose UAB Medicine to care for your vein condition, you gain instant access to physicians who are leaders in the most complex vascular conditions and offer the latest in cutting-edge treatment options. 








UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for varicose veins. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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