Venous Disease

Venous issues can range from cosmetic concerns to life-threatening conditions. The team of multidisciplinary specialists at the Venous Health Program, part of the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, handles all varieties of venous problems, regardless of complexity. We also provide the most advanced medical, endovascular and surgical treatments that may offer you options to alleviate your individual symptoms.

We are an all-inclusive resource for the treatment of the full range of venous disease, including:

  • Mild cosmetic problems, including spider veins
  • Varicose veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis – a clot in the deep veins of the body
  • Chronic venous insufficiency – weak or damaged valves in the veins of the legs
  • Thrombophlebitis – blood clot in the surface veins of the body
  • Pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in the veins of the lungs
  • May-Thurner syndrome – an anatomical abnormality that causes left leg blood clots, pain or swelling
  • Inferior Vena Cava Abnormalities – can cause swelling, pain and blood clots
  • Other venous malformations

Our multidisciplinary program brings together established and experienced vascular surgeons, vascular medicine specialists, vein specialists, interventional radiologists and nurse practitioners to provide seamless, coordinated care. It’s our goal to take the guesswork out of choosing the right specialist by offering all of the services you may need from a collaborating team. Few other centers offer this type of comprehensive venous disease program. And we work closely with your primary care provider to ensure seamless care.

We have the most current non-invasive diagnostic testing available to evaluate venous disorders. Venous duplex ultrasound examines blood vessels and blood flow. Air plethysmography measures blood flow or air volume to check for blood clots. Other tests may include CT or MRI scans. A venogram (uses x-ray and contrast dye to look at your veins) may be ordered if other tests are not definitive.

Treatment options vary, depending on your diagnosis, but range from medical therapies and compression stockings to surgical correction. We offer the full complement of endovenous (within the vein) and surgical treatments available, including clinical trials.

Our team is trained to recognize and treat complications of blood clots that few other centers are able to manage. We also provide the most advanced treatments for acute deep vein thrombosis, including catheter-directed thrombolysis (minimally invasive procedure to dissolve blood clots).

We are involved in numerous clinical trials and basic investigations, ranging from blood clotting disorders to treatment of blood clots. Research like this ensures that patients of our Venous Health Program have access to the most up-to-date medications and treatments available.

Patient Resources

Deep Vein Thrombosis Information Guide

Varicose Veins Information Guide

Venous Insufficiency Information Guide

Make an Appointment

Schedule an appointment to discuss your need for venous care by calling us at 888-287-1082 or email us at CVCCallCtr@med.umich.edu.