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Care for Varicose Veins at University of Colorado Hospital

Why Choose Treatment for Varicose Veins at University of Colorado Hospital

At University of Colorado Hospital, vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists work together to provide the best treatment for varicose veins.

We offer the most effective medical treatments, as well as advanced catheter and laser technologies for varicose veins.

Medical Team


A doctor who specializes in skin care.

Interventional radiologists

A doctor who specializes in minimally invasive, targeted treatments performed using imaging for guidance.

Vascular surgeon

A doctor who specializes in surgery to correct problems in the veins and arteries

Wound care specialists

Doctors, nurses and physical therapists who specializes in promoting healing and providing education in the care of chronic and acute wounds


Your primary care doctor may recommend lifestyle changes that can help with varicose veins. In some cases, you may be referred to a specialist who can prescribe the following treatments.

Compression Stockings

Compression stockings fit tightly around the area of the varicose veins and force the blood to the deep veins, thus preventing pooling of blood and improving circulation.

Power Phlebectomy

University of Colorado Hospital uses a cutting-edge laser technology called a power phlebectomy to destroy varicose veins. Laser energy is sent directly into the swollen vein, destroying the veins wall and producing fibrous tissue.


This is a laser treatment that seals a vein shut. Your body reroutes blood from the sealed vein through unaffected vessels.

Vein Stripping

Varicose veins that are small and close to the surface of the skin can be removed through a procedure called vein stripping. This is a type of surgery.

Patient Education

Living with Varicose Veins

You can often manage the treatment of your varicose veins by:

  • Elevating your legs
  • Avoiding standing for long periods of time
  • Managing your weight

Additional Varicose Veins Resources

American Venous Forum (patient portal)

Get Treatment at these UCH Facilities

Cardiac & Vascular Center
Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora
(720) 848-5300

Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora
(720) 848-0500

University Internal Medicine – Denver at Lowry
(720) 848-9500

University Internal Medicine – Anschutz
Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora
(720) 848-2300

University Family Medicine – A.F. Williams at Stapleton
(720) 848-9000

University Family Medicine – Boulder
(720) 848-9200

University Family Medicine – Park Meadows
(720) 848-9330

University Family Medicine – Westminster
(720) 848-9400


Varicose veins

About Varicose Veins

  • Varicose veins are veins that have become swollen, twisted and inflamed.
  • They develop most frequently in the legs.
  • They typically are located near the surface of the leg and are painful, but do not create embolisms (blood clots) that are large enough to be life threatening.
  • Varicose veins can be caused when vein walls weaken and stretch out. Valves in the veins, which help maintain the flow of blood in one direction, sometimes fail, allowing blood to leak backward (reflux) and collect.
  • Your primary care doctor may recommend lifestyle changes that can help with varicose veins. In some cases, you may be referred to a specialist.


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