Diagnosing Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are a common condition that affects more than half of all men and women over the age of 60 in the U.S. While the condition may seem easy to diagnose by simply looking at the leg, there are diagnostic tools that can be used to assess the degree of venous insufficiency, as well as the source of the problem. This information can be very helpful in determining which treatment might work more effectively for each patient. Learn how we diagnose vein conditions at Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan to give our patients the best treatment options available.
The first step in diagnosing varicose veins is a physical examination. This is usually performed while you are standing, because this provides a better picture of your veins. Dr. Lev will observe the size of the veins based on their visibility on the skin’s surface. He may place light pressure on the vein with his hand to get a better idea of blood flow in the vein as well. During the physical examination, Dr. Lev will also ask you how long you have had the veins and whether you are experiencing any symptoms like aching legs, swelling or skin changes.
Dr. Lev will also take your medical history, to identify any underlying medical conditions that could be contributing to your varicose veins. Because this condition is often hereditary, he will likely ask about family members that have also had the condition. It is important to provide as much information as possible during this step in the process, so Dr. Lev can collect all the information he needs to assess your condition and create the best possible treatment plan for you.
The final step in the diagnostic process is usually duplex ultrasound. This device offers a non-invasive way to get a closer look at the veins inside the leg and measure blood flow going through those vessels. A wand is moved over the area where the vein is located, which sends out sound waves that can be measured on a computer. Through this imaging process, Dr. Lev can effectively pinpoint the underlying cause of your vein condition and determine how extensive the problem might be.
Once a full assessment of your varicose veins is made, Dr. Lev can work with you to determine the best treatment option for your specific needs. All of the treatments available at Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan are minimally invasive, meaning you will experience little discomfort during and after the procedure and should be able to return to regular activities immediately following treatment or the next day. To learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins, contact Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan at 212-204-6501.