What is Venous Ultrasonography for Varicose Veins?
Venous ultrasonography for varicose veins is a painless, non-invasive test that uses sound waves to visualize veins that are located deep within the patient’s leg. Acoustic gel is applied to the problem area so the ultrasound probe can make contact with the skin. Then sound waves are transmitted through the skin to visualize veins located deep within the leg that cannot be seen visually, similar to how sonar is used to find a submarine. The test reveals the size and function of the veins and whether there are any clots present in the veins. The test is performed once at your initial consultation to determine whether any veins are malfunctioning and, if so, the proper procedure(s) that are needed for each patient. Venous ultrasonography is performed after your procedure to confirm that the treated veins are properly closed and that no complications have occurred. There are no complications associated with the test.
How does Venous Ultrasonography work?
During venous ultrasonography, sound waves are used to visualize veins located deep within the leg – similar to how sonar finds a submarine.
What are the medical conditions that Venous Ultrasonography diagnoses?
Venous ultrasonography can diagnose deep vein thrombosis (DVT), as well as, malfunctioning valves that cause varicose veins. It is then determined what procedure is best for treating your problem veins.
Are there any side effects of Venous Ultrasonography?
There are no side effects of venous ultrasonography as it is a painless and non-invasive test.
What does the procedure feel like when it is being performed?
The procedure is painless. You will have clear ultrasound gel liberally applied to the area being evaluated for vein problems.
Is Venous Ultrasonography covered by insurance?
The test is covered by insurance. Our insurance coordinator will work with you and your insurance company to determine if a co-pay or deductible applies ahead of time, if applicable.
Does the doctor do the procedure?
A Registered Vascular Technologist, RVT, performs the procedure. Afterwards, a vascular surgeon interprets your ultrasound results.
What is used for the Venous Ultrasonography?
The Registered Vascular Technologist first applies a gel to your skin that easily washes off with water. A small probe is painlessly applied to your skin. This collects the sound waves as they return from your veins and transmits them to a computer for interpretation.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions needed varies for each patient. An initial ultrasound is done to determine what procedures will be performed. Follow-up ultrasounds are done after any procedures to assess the success of the treatment and whether or not there have been any complications.
Where will the procedure be performed?
The test will be performed in your vascular surgeon’s office.
If I need the procedure, how long will I have to wait for it to be performed?
You will not have to wait to have the test done if there is an open slot in our schedule. However, an appointment is required with our office.
What should I do after I have had the Venous Ultrasonography treatment?
Since venous ultrasonography is a non-invasive scan of your vascular issues, you may resume your daily activities as normal as there are no limitations resulting from the test.