As mentioned previously, all varicose vein treatments must start with an initial consultation and diagnosis. During the initial consultation, the vein doctor will examine your leg veins, looking for signs of spider veins, varicose veins, and other signs of vein disease. The vein doctor will also ask you to describe how you feel, and whether you’re experiencing leg pain, leg heaviness, frequent leg cramps, or restless legs syndrome.
During the diagnostic process, the vein doctors and staff will look for signs and symptoms of vein disease. Also known as chronic venous insufficiency, vein disease is a circulatory disorder in which your vein valves collapse, which causes blood to flow backward in your leg veins, leading to swollen leg veins, spider veins, and varicose veins. Over time, if left untreated, vein disease also leads to complications like leg ulcers, skin disease, skin discoloration, and deep vein thrombosis.
After examining your leg veins, the vein doctors and staff will schedule a vascular imaging test. Also known as Duplex Ultrasound, vascular imaging is a process in which the vein doctors and staff use ultrasound to visualize the direction of blood flow in your leg veins. They can identify vein disease if they notice venous reflux, i.e., blood flowing backward in your leg veins. This will allow the vein doctors to curate the ideal vein treatment plan.