Overview of the Varicose Veins Program

The Varicose Veins Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi deals with diseases of the peripheral venous system, almost exclusively confined to the legs.

The Varicose Veins Program diagnoses, treats, and operates with the most innovative techniques on patients suffering from venous insufficiency, varicose veins, or spider veins; these conditions are also known as peripheral vein disorders.

What We Treat

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Varicose Vein Program treats the complete spectrum of varicose veins, from cosmetic concerns to serious medical complications.

Cosmetic Concerns 

Spider veins (or telangiectasia) occur when veins form small blue webs on the skin of the legs. They are generally a cosmetic concern rather than a medical issue, and can be controlled by compression stockings, or treated by microinjections close to the vein. 

Medical concerns 

Superficial venous insufficiency and varicose veins, generally two forms of the same condition, are a medical problem. Varicose veins appear as non-colored soft bumps over the legs, visible when standing and disappearing when lying flat. Venous insufficiency appears as a swelling of the legs and/or a discoloring of the skin of the lower leg, indicating that the veins cannot pump enough blood back to the heart; venous insufficiency is a serious medical condition.

The Varicose Vein Program also treats conditions resulting from clotting of the deep leg veins, known as deep vein thrombosis or DVT. This can be fatal if the clot formed in the leg moves to the lungs.   

Diagnosis & Treatment of Varicose Veins 

Diagnosis of Varicose Veins​

Varicose veins can affect adult women and men of all ages. If a patient has varicose veins or spider veins, the Varicose Veins Program physicians can do a clinical evaluation of the symptoms, as well as an assessment of foot impairments and walking limitations, which can cause varicose veins. Physicians may also request diagnostic testing, such as an ultrasound, to help identify the cause of the varicose veins and determine the best surgical or non-surgical treatment options.

Treatment of Varicose Veins

The Varicose Veins Program can tailor treatment plans to meet each patient’s individual needs. Caregivers work to minimize the visibility of vein problems as well as to address the serious health risks associated with varicose veins.

Venous insufficiency and varicose veins are caused by leakage of the valves inside the veins, which normally allow the blood to flow from the foot up to the heart. This can be treated by closing the leaking portion of the vein.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi offers a full spectrum of surgical techniques to treat varicose veins, such as:

  • Traditional surgical vein removal: An operation to surgically remove varicose veins.
  • Endovenous thermal ablation therapy: A minimally invasive procedure where laser or thermo catheters are used to close the problem veins. 
  • Venaseal procedure: A minimally invasive procedure that closes the vein by injecting a substance similar to superglue. ​
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is one of the first centers in the region using the venaseal procedure technique.​

Varicose Veins Program Caregivers​ 

Caregivers involved in patient care for this program are:​

  • Vascular surgeons
  • Vascular laboratory diagnostic team
  • Nurses specialized in the care of venous disease



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