Norman Heart and Vascular Associates (Norman)

Vein Clinic

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a phlebologist?

    A phlebologist is a board-certified physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating venous disease.

  2. What are varicose veins?

    Varicose veins are those that become large and swollen as a result of an abnormality or defect in the vein valves. They can be discolored, more toward the surface of the skin, and appear worm-like.

  3. What causes varicose veins?

    When the valves no longer function properly, blood refluxes or pool in an area of the vessel that causes the vein to take on a wider diameter. This can also occur as a result of weakening in the vein wall which can be caused by hormone changes, genetics, pregnancy, and obesity.

  4. Can varicose veins be cured?

    Yes, varicose veins can be cured if properly treated in a timely manner, but the venous disorder cannot be cured permanently.

  5. What is a skin ulcer?

    An ulcer in the skin is caused by veins that reflux due to disease. Early warning signs of this include drying of the skin and darkening in color.