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.
Does your mother have bluish veins twisting and turning on the surface of her legs? As we age, the appearance of varicose veins is much more common especially in women. In-fact, recent data shows that varicose veins affect more than 22 million women over 40 in the US. The force of gravity overpowers the valves in the veins that are intended to guide blood flow from your body’s tissues to your heart. As they become damaged, the veins become misshapen and blood often pools in the lower legs, causing an achy pain and other issues.
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.
Despite the overwhelming prevalence of vein disease, there is a serious lack of understanding about its symptoms and treatment. The devoted physicians at Illinois Vein Specialists recognize the need for raising awareness about vein disease, so we will be dispelling the most common and detrimental myths about its effects and treatment over the next several months.