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How a Vein Treatment Center Uses Duplex Ultrasound

One major concern of patients seeking treatment for varicose veins is what the process to formulate a treatment plan entails.  Our vein treatment center considers duplex ultrasound an important step in achieving relief from these abnormal blood vessels.  This technology is non-invasive and painless and provides information crucial to creating customized treatment for each patient.

How Duplex Ultrasound Works

This technology allows vein specialists to get detailed information about a patient’s veins.  It provides a view of vessels not visible by looking at the skin.  It also generates a map of how blood flows through vessels.According to MedlinePlus, duplex ultrasound is a combination of two types of ultrasound.  Traditional creates images by using sound waves bouncing off vessels.  Doppler makes a record of sound waves reflecting off blood as it moves.  Physicians receive data on how fast blood is flowing and on other blood-flow issues.Vein clinics most often use this technology for problem leg veins.  It is a procedure that creates no known harmful effects. 

Why a Vein Treatment Center Relies on This Technology

This technology is helpful in checking for a number of disorders that can negatively impact the performance of blood vessels.  According to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, these conditions are among the most common:
  • Blood clots
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Varicose veins
  • Leg artery disease
  • Arterial occlusion
Our vein doctors choose this type of procedures to get the most pertinent information to help evaluate blood flow through the lower leg extremitiesDuplex ultrasound technology can also tell a physician exactly how wide a vein is and can locate any blockages.  Healthcare providers consider other diagnostic imaging techniques such as arteriography and venography significantly more invasive.This outpatient exam usually lasts around 30 minutes.  Patients appreciate the fact that they can schedule it at their convenience.In most cases, using duplex ultrasound to map blood flow and examine veins not visible to the naked eye requires no advance preparation.   It is possible to resume normal daily activities as soon as a patient finishes the exam.Test PostIf you have symptoms of venous disease, compression stockings are often helpful to alleviate some of the discomfort. Or if you have a job in which you sit or stand for long hours, you might benefit from stockings to help keep your veins in healthy condition. Stockings come in all shapes, sizes and colors. There are knee high, thigh high and pantyhose styles and they come in a variety of strengths of compression. We recommend you use 20-30 mmHg strength for the best benefit. Knee high is generally sufficient to lend support, but thigh and pantyhose styles are beneficial if you have varicose veins particularly on the thighs. Compression stockings can be purchased at most pharmacies and online without a prescription, but your doctor may write a prescription so you may use your health insurance or savings account benefits. Over time, compression stockings do lose their elasticity and should be replaced a few times a year, depending on your usage. The bottom line is to find a style and brand that is comfortable for you, and to wear them regularly.Did you know…..all of our procedures to treat your varicose or insufficient veins are done using local anesthesia? That means you will not have any downtime. In fact, we encourage you to remain active for several days after any procedure. Using local anesthesia also means that most people who suffer from heart or lung problems, or who can otherwise not tolerate general anesthesia, can still safely undergo treatment of their vein disease. This is great news for all the busy people with New Year’s resolutions to take better care of their health in 2016!

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