In addition to the appearance of colored — often blue or purple, sometimes greenish – knotted veins, many patients may experience one or more of the following symptoms of varicose veins:
If you experience varicose veins symptoms and delay varicose vein treatment, your symptoms may progress onward to more serious complications. These symptoms may also have an effect on your life and lifestyle, making your job more painful or exercise more difficult. A common complaint we hear is that the symptoms of vein disease keep people from a good night’s sleep. We also often hear of the discomfort associated with swollen legs and the self-consciousness and difficulty of leg swelling. These are real and common problems. There is no reason to leave veins untreated and continue to suffer the negative impact of varicose vein symptoms. Varicose vein treatment is easy, and left untreated, veins may proceed and develop complications.
The most serious complications of vein disease are phlebitis or thrombosis of veins.
Vein disease is diagnosed by a history of symptoms (like some of the above varicose veins symptoms) and a physical exam which explores the signs of venous disease, plus a Doppler Ultrasound exam of the veins of the legs.
The test is performed with an ultrasound machine while you are standing upright, which is the best way to assess the function of your veins. A water-soluble gel is placed on your legs to enhance soundwave reception. A handheld device called a transducer or probe is moved over the leg being tested. As the transducer follows the course of the veins, it sends and collects sound wave information to assess the anatomy and flow of blood in the veins.
There is little or no discomfort associated with this test. Normal results show the blood in veins flows well with augmentation or compression of the calf and stops quickly after the augmentation is over. There are no risks associated with this procedure.
You will need to remove clothing from the extremity being examined. You can bring your own shorts or we will provide shorts.
Dr. Wright’s St. Louis varicose veins treatment results are undeniable, check out his before and after pictures.
I am thrilled with the looks of my legs now. They look so much better and I am not so embarrassed by those ugly veins. Everyone in the office is so nice from the front desk to the doctor and nurses. I always look forward to my appointments.