Varicose Vein Diagnosis
Varicose veins are diagnosed by your doctor using their appearance and a physical exam which includes checking your legs for swelling while standing. The doctor will also ask you about any pain or similar symptoms that you may be experiencing around the affected area. If the doctor suspect varicose veins, they will use a venous ultrasound to check for blood clots and to see how deep under your skin the problem veins run. This test is not invasive and simply involves running a small device called a transducer over your leg in order to get an image of your veins and blood flow.
Varicose veins are largely caused by genetics, but tend to be onset by certain factors such as work conditions that involve long periods of standing, excess weight gain, or pregnancy which increases the volume of blood in the body and redirects blood flow towards the legs.
Varicose Vein Treatment
Endovenous laser treatment, sclerotherapy, and ambulatory phlebectomy have replaced vein stripping as the preferred treatment for varicose veins because they allow the patient to return to regular activity immediately after the procedure. Endovenous laser treatment uses a laser optic wire to heat the walls of your problem veins and causes them to collapse. Sclerotherapy injections put a special foam or liquid into the problem veins and cause them to collapse. Ambulatory phlebectomy uses specialized tools to remove the problem veins through small punctures in the skin. All of the treatments are relatively painless compared to traditional vein stripping and after any of the treatments, blood flow will automatically reroute itself through healthy veins. You will be able to return to regular activity immediately after as mentioned above.
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