Commonly asked questions for a General Surgeon, Dr. Brian Chin.
Dr. Brian Chin practices advanced laparoscopic, bariatric, and general surgery at BASS Vein Center's Walnut Creek and Brentwood offices.
Dr. Chin earned his medical degree at the University of Michigan Medical School, then returned to California for his surgery residency at the University of California at San Diego, where he won the Department of Medicine’s Halasz Award for surgical consultation and the Department of Surgery’s Chairman’s Prize for teaching and service excellence.
Additionally, he served as administrative chief resident. Following residency, Dr. Chin completed a fellowship in bariatric and advanced laparoscopic surgery at the University of California at San Francisco, working alongside world-renowned leaders at the forefront of laparoscopic surgery.
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Varicose veins typically developed as a result of a combination of factors. While they affect both genders, they do tend to be more common in women. Other factors include family history, obesity, and those who stand for prolonged periods. However, varicose veins are very common and many people can develop them even in the absence of any of these risk factors. Varicose veins typically develop as a result of a condition known as Venous reflux. In this condition, the one-way valves in the veins have become leaky so that instead of moving smoothly through the veins back to the heart the blood pools or stagnates in the legs leading to backpressure. This in turn leads to the development of the bulging veins we know as varicose veins as well as spider veins. It can also cause discoloration or damage to the skin of the legs in addition to causing symptoms such as aching, pain, burning, and swelling in the legs. Hi, I'm Dr. Brian Chin, and I am a surgeon and vein specialist here at the BASS Vein Center.