Perhaps you’re thinking about seeing a specialist for your varicose veins, or maybe you’re considering scheduling a consultation. What can you expect from that first step into your specialist’s office? If they’re dedicated to bringing you the best care possible, the first step will be a diagnostic exam, such as a diagnostic vascular ultrasound. Our team of vascular physicians in Orlando at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center use vascular ultrasounds as a way of assessing a patient’s veins before creating a treatment plan.
Why Perform a Diagnostic Vascular Ultrasound?
This is an important first step for patients seeking treatment, and for a good reason: a specialist can’t treat what they can’t see. Vein health isn’t one-size-fits-all, and what worked on one patient may not be ideal for you. Although varicose veins can often be seen under the skin’s surface, a specialist can’t tell the true extent of the vein’s health unless they get a clearer picture. An ultrasound gives your specialist important foundational knowledge about your unique needs. From there, treatment can be discussed.
What is a Diagnostic Vascular Ultrasound?
How does this ultrasound give a specialist a picture of your veins? It’s simple. During this procedure, your specialist will transmit ultrasound waves through the area of concern. The waves bounce off of blood cells, and the ultrasound machine creates a picture of your veins based on how fast ultrasound waves are returned to the machine. If the ultrasound waves are returned faster in a specific area, it can be a sign of weakening in the vein.
Poor flow and blood pooling are important to take note of. Varicose veins are formed when vein valves in the leg become damaged or weakened. This lessens their ability to circulate blood properly through the leg, causing it to pool in the vein instead. Left untreated, varicose veins can increase your risk for developing more serious problems including venous ulcers and blood clots.
An ultrasound allows your specialist to see exactly where poor flow may be happening and map out where and how treatment should take place. Without that map, your specialist would merely be guessing at the source of the problem. Ultrasound also offers an additional benefit to you: this test doesn’t use needles, anesthesia, dye, or radiation — which makes it a very safe procedure! It’s also a quick procedure, usually taking under an hour.
You may want to consider visiting a vein specialist if you notice the appearance of varicose or spider veins, or have any of these feelings in your legs:
The vascular physicians in Orlando at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center have made it our priority to deliver the best care possible for our patients. For us, that means always performing a diagnostic vascular ultrasound so that we understand your vein health and can put together a treatment plan that will deliver the best results. You can take your first step towards happier, healthier veins by calling 407-545-3385 or 352-658-5547 to schedule a consultation with our specialists.