This page provides general information about some of the procedures that your Doctor may consider when determining which is most appropriate for you. This is background information only and should not be interpreted as a recommendation about any particular procedure. Your Doctor will help you choose the most appropriate option for your specific condition and circumstances.
- Improving circulation
- Preventing and treating complications
- Removing abnormal veins
- Improving appearance
For your Doctor to fully understand the extent of your condition they will begin diagnosis with a complete medical history check, followed by the following, depending on the extent:
- A detailed examination; thoroughly inspecting your legs while standing, checking for swelling and other signs.
- A Duplex Ultrasound scan; a painless non-invasive scan that informs the Doctor about what is happening inside your veins. Your Doctor or the sonographer performing the scan will place a small transducer or ‘probe’ on the skin of your leg and will move it around to assess the veins underneath. An image transmitted to a monitor screen will show your veins and the movement of blood within them and through the valves.
- Your medical history
- Your age and overall health
- Your signs and symptoms
- Expectations for the course of the disease
- Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
- Measures to improve blood flow; including wearing compression stockings, elevating your legs and increasing exercise.
- Medications that improve blood flow can be used in combination with compression therapy to help heal leg ulcers
- Sclerotherapy or laser for treatment of spider veins or reticular veins
- Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy, Endovenous Ablation or Surgery for treatment of varicose veins