Duplex Ultrasonography is the essential tools for evaluating patients with varicose vein disease. While there are other evaluation techniques, ultrasound is the preferred method of examining venous physiology and anatomy. Moreover, Doppler ultrasound is also used to assess the effectiveness of minimally invasive varicose vein treatments.
When it comes to vein treatment - like any other medical condition - proper diagnosis is key to successful treatment. Using an ultrasound has become one of the best tools to proper diagnosis for varicose vein treatment. The benefits a patient receives during a consultation from using an ultrasound, focus on the abiliy to see the damaged veins - or specifically the venous refulx. The ultrasound is then also used to help treat your varicose veins when performing an effective treatment method known as Endovenous Laser Therapy - by guiding the laser fiber used to close the vein. Watch the video below to learn more.
Dr. Rivard answers a very common question that many patients ask when coming to our office - can waiting to treat your veins cause health issues later in life? Outlining the important reasons to seek treatment early rather than waiting. The answer is absolutely yes, in fact, patients with untreated varicose veins can suffer from venous ulcerations, deep vein thrombosis, and even congestive heart failure.
While the obvious important medical issues like varicose veins and the less serious spider veins are our primary focus, spreading the word about the broad implications of venous disease is also very much a part of our mission at Illinois Vein Specialists. One of these implications involves a common problem that we see at IVS where other doctors are having trouble diagnosing the reasons for lack of patient progress after hip and knee replacement, and general wound healing (which can also be a symptom of underlying venous disease).