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Why Doctor Use Ultrasound for Varicose Vein Treatment

Why Doctor Use Ultrasound for Varicose Vein Treatment

Posted on March 11, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Although the word "ultrasound" probably doesn't create an association with your legs, with today's modern treatment of varicose veins, the ultrasound has become the supporting role in proper varicose vein care.  In fact, the use of a Doppler Duplex Ultrasound has become so important that it has transitioned into the key diagnostic tool for receiving effective and efficient care in removing your varicose or spider veins.  

Traditionally, vein procedures where not called “procedures” and were actually more invasive surgeries performed in a hospital setting taking many hours of your time to perform and recover. As technology progressed, treatment methods became more effective but still were painful and lengthy. Part of the reason for the length in the earlier forms of varicose vein treatment was due to the fact that the full extent of your vein disease or venous reflux could not be seen when performing the procedure. Rather, the doctor would have to rely on images created outside the office by third party ultrasonographers, then perform the vein removal based on maps created from these images but rather blindly.  

For example, a technique known as “probing,” involves the use of a needle that is inserted into the vein to inject a solution or to insert a vein laser. While the method in regard to needle or laser was and remains very effective today, without the increased visuals provided by the ultrasound imaging these tools were pushed into the veins in a ‘probing’ manner essentially stabbing the vein walls back and forth down the length of the vein until they were inserted fully.  Kind of like coloring outside the lines, but with a needle and your veins. As you can imagine, this technique is very painful, even with local anesthetics and can be potentially harmful.Doppler_Duplex_Ultrasound

Today, however, with the use of a ultrasound, a trained phlebologist (varicose vein doctor) can simultaneously view your veins while inserting the vein laser smoothly and without the unnecessary ‘probing’. Additionally, sclerotherapists can use an ultrasound to remove smaller spider veins that are near the surface of the skin. Not only does the ultrasound provide a less painful experience, it decreases the amount of time needed to perform the procedure. 


The Importance of Finding a Certified Ultrasonographer and Board Certified Vein Specialist.

While the use of an ultrasound is more common today, many doctors performing varicose and spider vein removal unfortunately still rely on outside practitioners for their imaging. Moreover, for the doctors that do use an ultrasound, many lack the experience or certifications needed to properly utilize the diagnostic tool, leaving many patients misdiagnosed or treated with inadequate techniques to fully remove the varicose of spider veins.  That is why is is so important to find a Phlebologist who is either certified in ultrasonography or uses the assistance of an ultrasonographer when performing your varicose of spider vein treatment.

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us. That is why we focus solely on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Vein Specialist.


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