During your initial evaluation, your legs will be examined and the extent of your varicose veins will be assessed. If necessary, an ultrasound exam may be recommended to determine which veins are causing your symptoms, and if underlying larger veins are involved. Approx. 30 minutes.
During this in-depth ultrasound, the sonographer will examine and map out the veins in your legs, noting any abnormal or diseased veins. Having a complete venous ultrasound is an important step in determining the cause of your varicose veins and will assist your physician in recommendations for care. Your insurance company will also want this report for authorization of any further treatment. Approx. 45 minutes (per leg).
During this visit, you will have the opportunity to discuss the results of your ultrasound exam with your physician. Then you will discuss the treatment options, including the risks and benefits of each recommended treatment. You can also schedule subsequent treatment(s) at this visit. Approx. 30 minutes.
Your physician will initially try methods that do not involve surgery to relieve your symptoms. These may include counseling (diet, exercise, etc.) and the use of compression stockings. If your varicose veins do not respond to this conservative therapy, additional treatment may be required.
Fortunately, new minimally invasive techniques such as Radiofrequency Ablation, VenaSeal™, Varithena™ foam, Clarivein™ and Microphlebectomy now allow effective treatment of varicose veins with no hospital stay, no scarring, minimal postoperative pain, and nearly immediate relief from your symptoms.