Varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis and other vein conditions are treatable. Venous disease, also called vein disease, includes several conditions that involve diseased or abnormal veins. Veins carry oxygen-poor blood back to the heart and valves inside the veins keep blood flowing in one direction. If the valves are weak or damaged, blood can pool or leak backward, causing pain and other serious complications.

Vein and venous disease are vascular conditions that range from mild to life-threatening. Our vascular experts are skilled in treating all types of vein disease, from the common to the complex. In fact, our Peripheral Vascular Disease Program (or Peripheral Artery Disease Program) brings unique resources to the area, including:

  • Vascular specialists devoted 100 percent to performing vascular surgery;
  • Vascular and interventional radiologists devoted full time to interventional procedures;
  • A board-certified, fellowship-trained vascular medicine specialist

Venous disease is a chronic condition, requiring expert follow-up care. Our multidisciplinary team also pays careful attention to the long-term needs of our patients, with a focus on preventing future events.

We also offer the complete range of treatments for spider and varicose veins — usually without surgery.

Vascular Second Opinion Program

If you have venous disease or other vascular disease, our Vascular Second Opinion Program offers an easy way to consult with dedicated and highly trained Medical College of Wisconsin vascular experts. Put your mind at ease by confirming your diagnosis or exploring other treatment options.

Types of Venous and Vein Disease

Our nationally recognized experts work with all types of venous disease every day. Vein diseases include varicose veins, spider veins, phlebitis, edema, leg pain, leg ulcers, chronic venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE) and other forms of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Read more about these and other venous disease conditions.

Advanced Heart and Vascular Diagnostics

As part of an academic medical center, our heart and vascular physicians are at the leading-edge of diagnosing venous and other vascular diseases. This includes a non-invasive vascular lab where certified technologists conduct tests to assess blood flow and locate blockages in blood vessels without the use of needles, catheters, dye or radiation. Learn more about our diagnostic capabilities.

Comprehensive Treatments – Minimally Invasive and Surgical

We offer a complete range of treatment options, some of which are not offered elsewhere in the region. From lifestyle changes and medication, to minimally invasive and surgical procedures, we find the right treatment approach based on each patient’s unique needs. Read more about treatment options for all types of venous and vein disease.

Exceptional Staff

Our multidisciplinary team of physician experts in vascular medicine, vascular and interventional radiology and vascular surgery collaborate with cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and other specialists for an integrated approach that offers the best possible outcomes for patients. We often treat patients with complex vascular problems that other health care facilities are unable to treat. Meet our exceptional vascular disease team.

Leading-edge Research

Our vascular experts are at the forefront of new ways to diagnose and treat vein diseases including minimally invasive endovascular therapy (treating the disease from inside the blood vessel). Vascular patients may participate in clinical trials of new treatment techniques, medications and devices. Read more about our heart and vascular research studies.