Varicose vein symptoms include enlarged, twisted, rope-like veins that appear near the surface of the skin. While they can develop anywhere in the body, they are most commonly found in the legs and ankles because standing and walking increase pressure in the lower extremities. In normally functioning veins, tiny one-way valves open as blood flows toward the heart and close to prevent blood from flowing backward. When these valves malfunction, blood pools in the veins, resulting in a buildup of pressure that weakens their walls causing them to bulge. The way we treat most patients with varicose veins is with our endovenous laser treatment (EVLT). This state-of-the-art procedure allows us to effectively remove varicose veins without the traditional method of “vein stripping,” and no recovery time required.