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 present deep within the patient’s leg. We place acoustic gel on the problem area so the ultrasound probe can make contact with the skin. Sound waves can then transmit through the skin to visualize veins present deep within the leg that cannot be seen visually. This is similar to how we use the sonar system to find submarines.
This test reveals the size and function of the veins and whether there are any clots present in the veins. We perform this test first at your initial consultation to determine whether any veins are malfunctioning and again, during the proper procedure(s) that you may need. We perform venous ultrasonography once again 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.
Venous Ultrasonography Can diagnose:
Venous ultrasonography can diagnose the following:
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Malfunctioning valves that cause varicose veins
Dr. Collier or Dr. Fazi will determine what procedure is best for treating your problem veins after assessing your venous ultrasonography results.
Venous Ultrasonography Procedure
The Registered Vascular Technologist first applies a gel to your skin that easily washes off with water. We then apply a small probe painlessly to your skin. This collects the sound waves as they return from your veins and transmits them to a computer for interpretation. After this has been completed, a vascular surgeon will interpret your ultrasound results.
Does Venous Ultrasonography Hurt?
The procedure is painless. We apply a clear ultrasound gel liberally to the area being of vein concern.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions needed varies for each patient. We perform an initial ultrasound to first determine the specific problem. Dr. Collier and Dr. Fazi will determine the proper treatment procedure following the initial test. We perform follow-up ultrasounds after any procedures to assess the success of the treatment and/or possible complications.
Possible Side Effects of Venous Ultrasonography
There are no side effects of venous ultrasonography as it is a painless and non-invasive test.
Does Insurance Cover Venous Ultrasonography?
Yes, insurance covers this test. 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.
Is there any downtime after the Ultrasonography?
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.