In order to better diagnose your condition, we will do a physical exam and ultrasound.
We will includes look at your legs while you’re standing to check for swelling and other conditions. We will also discuss with you any pain you may be experiencing or other symptoms.
Your legs may be examined with a vein light which uses infrared technology to identify veins not visible to the naked eye. If the doctor is concerned that you may have an underlying condition, a duplex ultrasound examination will be recommended. You may need an ultrasound if you have large, ropy veins, symptoms, prior vein surgery, failure to respond to treatment, or if you have spider veins in certain anatomic regions of the body such as on the inner ankles or inner thighs. These and some other cases may indicate an underlying venous condition that should be identified to help guide therapeutic options.
An ultrasound is a simple process. A technician trained in ultrasound imaging presses a small hand-held device, about the size of a bar of soap, against your skin over the area of your body being examined, moving from one area to another to view your vascular system. The transducer transmits images of the veins in your legs to a monitor, so a technician and your doctor can see them.
The process is quick and pain-free. We will be able to immediately see if there is a deeper problem that requires treatment or if your vein condition is simple cosmetic.