Chattanooga Varicose Vein Specialist

We help you Rejuvinate and Reveal Beauty with Your Legs!

Before After
Before After

Do You Experience…

If so, you may be eligible for non-invasive varicose vein treatment.

What is Vein Disease? Why do I have it?

Do you have significant bulging veins that cause an unsightly appearance and sometimes persistent aching? Why does that happen?
Dr. Gardner shares the top three reason why you may get vein disease. Watch the video to learn more!

Trusted by Patients Across Chattanooga

I just (last week) completed my course of treatment for varicose veins. Dr. Gardner and his team are truly amazing. From my initial evaluation to the final treatment they have been kind, caring and totally professional. My legs already look better and feel better. I highly recommend Dr. Gardner at The Vein Institute.
If you are hesitant about checking into doing something about your varicose veins like I have been, no need to look anywhere else. From beginning to end I could never have imagined how much finally getting it done would make such a difference. Would recommend them to everyone!! Thank you
The service on my visit was excellent. Dr. Gardner was very knowledgeable and helpful!


At The Vein Institute, varicose vein procedures are covered by most insurance companies.

Virtually Painfree

We’re equipped with the latest cutting-edge, minimally invasive, and virtually pain-free vein treatments!

Quick Recovery

You’ll be surprised how most of our patients return to their normal day-to-day activities the very same day!

15-45 Minutes

Now you can enjoy a varicose-vein-free journey with treatments that only take 15-45 minutes to complete.

How The Vein Institute Helps?

Our goal is to improve the health, comfort and appearance of every patient. – Dr. Gardner
The Vein Institute is at the forefront of delivering cutting-edge, minimally invasive solutions for varicose veins. Our advanced techniques, such as Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), effectively alleviate bulging veins’ pain, fatigue, and discomfort.
We are dedicated to providing our patients throughout Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia with top-quality treatments that are easily accessible and affordable. Our primary goal is to ensure our patients experience minimal downtime, allowing them to resume their daily activities without interruption.
Through our revolutionary approach, we strive to create healthier legs for everyone battling vein issues. By restoring strength and vitality to individuals, we empower them to live life on their terms, free from the limitations of vein-related concerns.

Why You Shouldn't Leave Your Varicose Veins Untreated

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While varicose veins are often seen as a cosmetic concern, it’s important to recognize that without treatment, they can pose serious health risks.
  • Persistent Pain: Varicose veins contribute to venous reflux, disrupting proper blood circulation and leading to diminished oxygen delivery, resulting in muscle cramps and localized pain.
  • Risk of Infection: Venous conditions may lead to the development of leg ulcers, increasing susceptibility to skin lesions and potential complications due to exposure to bacteria.
  • Bleeding: Varicose veins, located closer to the skin’s surface and prone to inflammation, are more susceptible to injury and subsequent bleeding incidents.
  • Swelling: Hindered blood flow within the legs can cause reflux, resulting in swelling and discomfort due to inefficient circulation.
  • Blood Clots: Blood pooling in the legs heightens the risk of clot formation, which could dislodge and travel through the bloodstream, potentially triggering serious conditions such as deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (PE).
Early intervention is crucial when it comes to addressing varicose veins. Do not postpone seeking treatment.

About The Vein Institute

Identify, Treat, and Eliminate

The Vein Institute at Southern Surgical Arts is a dedicated facility with one goal: the comprehensive treatment of vein disorders. Using cutting-edge technology in our state-of-the-art facility, our award-winning, board-certified surgeon, Dr. Vincent Gardner, is dedicated to improving the health, comfort, and appearance of our patients.
Vein disease is common, with more than 80 million Americans suffering from some form of venous disorder. These disorders tend to grow more pronounced over time, becoming increasingly prominent in appearance and more uncomfortable.
Advanced treatments and new technology mean that you no longer have to live in discomfort or embarrassment. At The Vein Institute, we routinely treat painful, unsightly, visible veins with innovative, specialized treatments to restore a more attractive appearance with long-lasting results.


Most frequent questions and answers

In your leg, you have two sets of veins. They are called deep veins and superficial veins.

Deep veins are in the deeper part of the leg where the muscles are, and superficial veins are right under the skin.

In a normal person, the blood circulates from the feet toward the heart in both veins.

When someone has venous insufficiency, the blood will go up the deep veins and back into the superficial vein.

The blood will start pooling in the superficial veins.

Since the superficial veins are closest to the skin, they will bulge and create varicose veins. Varicose veins are abnormally enlarged veins in the legs that are sometimes ropy and twisted in appearance.

Spider veins are groups of red or blue veins, close to the surface of the skin, that resemble the delicate strands of spider webs. Spider Veins are essentially a smaller version of varicose veins. They are most often seen on the legs, chest, or face.. It is common to find spider veins and varicose veins together.

No. Varicose veins can occur deeper in the leg, where one can’t see them. Varicose veins are classified under the spectrum of venous insufficiency.

Venous insufficiency causes leg discomfort, swelling of the ankles and leg, itching, and fatigue. Other signs and symptoms may be prickling, cramping, aching, and heaviness of the lower limbs after prolonged standing.

Keep an eye out for these symptoms besides simply visible veins.

In short, no. Exercise and compression stockings may help reduce some of the symptoms of varicose veins, but usually, only medical treatment can eliminate a varicose vein.

Progression of varicose veins can be dangerous as they may later become venous ulcerations. When left without treatment, complications may include rashes, infections, bleeding, sores, and blood clots.

In rare cases, varicose veins can cause deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism, which is life-threatening.

1) Consult – We start you with a consultation where you will be listened to and encounter a friendly staff that will ensure you get the best care. On the first visit, that care will come from our expertly trained team, including Dr. Gardner and an ultrasonographer.

2) Ultrasound – After the consult, we move on to the assessment, providing you with an accurate diagnosis. You will get the same-day ultrasound and results on-site while you see the provider. This will get you back to life as swiftly as possible.

3) Treatment Plan – After we conclude our assessment, we will provide you with a treatment plan.

There are many different options, such as Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), sclerotherapy, pneumatic compression, and more. We will ensure you get the perfect customized treatment based on your needs and outcome goals.

It is normal to have some minor discomfort during the procedure. We will do everything we can to make this as relaxing and comfortable an experience as possible. After the procedure, patients may experience minor bruising or discomfort in the area of the treated vein, which normally resolves in 3-4 weeks. Overall, patients report minimal pain/discomfort and can go back to doing the things they love.

Patients usually return to work and activities on the very same day. Very little downtime is needed for our treatments.

Payment Policies

Co-payments and payments must be rendered at the time of the visit. We accept cash, Visa and MasterCard. If you would like know insurance option please visit insurance information page.