Varicose veins are more than just a cosmetic problem. If you want yours to be treated but you’re worried about the downtime it entails, the physicians at Premier Vein Clinic in Knoxville want you to know that varicose vein treatment has come a long way.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted, and swollen veins that usually appear purplish or bluish.

About 1 in 4 adults in America have varicose veins.

Weak or damaged valves can lead to varicose veins. Pregnancy, being overweight, aging, and lack of physical activity can increase one’s risk of developing varicose veins.

When should you seek treatment for your varicose veins?

Varicose veins are not just aesthetically unpleasing, they can also be a source of discomfort. 

If your varicose veins are causing throbbing pain and itchiness, then you may want to see a vein specialist.

How are varicose veins treated?

In the past, there’s been only one way of getting rid of varicose veins and that is through vein stripping.

Vein stripping is a surgical procedure that removes varicose veins from legs or thighs. It’s an outpatient procedure that can be done in 60-90 minutes, depending on the complexity of one’s varicose veins.

Vein stripping is sometimes still used by vein specialists, but it takes 2 to 4 weeks to recover from vein stripping.

If you have smaller varicose veins, you may benefit from having minimally-invasive procedures that require very little to no downtime at all. 

These include ambulatory phlebectomy, endovenous laser therapy, and radiofrequency ablation endovenous therapy. All of these are offered by Premier Vein Clinic of Knoxville.

Our team of board-certified Vascular Surgeons are experts in diagnosing and treating diseases of the veins and arteries. To request a free vein screening appointment, call (865) 588-8229 or visit