The steps listed out below are part of normal office procedures for evaluation and treatment of varicose veins. Please read below, as this will give you a general idea of the process so you will be more informed and comfortable once you reach our office.
First step is to have a consultation with an experienced physician. A complete history and physical examination is performed on your legs to assess the extent of your vein disease. If you have any varicose veins or symptoms of varicose veins, a non-invasive venous ultrasound is scheduled to evaluate the blood flow in your legs.
Second step is to have a venous ultrasound performed on your legs to look for any abnormal veins that may be contributing to your symptoms. This is a non-invasive, painless examination that is performed in the office. This exam must be performed while you are standing in order to assess the direction of blood flow in your veins. A detailed map of your veins will be created so an individualized treatment plan can be formulated just for you.
Ultrasound exam being performed.
Third step is to formulate a treatment plan based on the results of your physical examination and ultrasound. The physician will discuss in detail with you what the recommended treatment or treatments are and all benefits and risks. Also discussed will be any conservative treatment required by your insurance company prior to definitive treatment. This includes wearing compression stockings, elevating legs, taking oral pain medication, exercising, losing weight (if needed) and avoiding precipitating factors such as hot baths.
Fourth step is to your contact insurance company to check on available benefits. If your treatment is considered medically necessary by the physician, the office will contact the insurance company to verify benefits for the recommended treatment. At this point you will be made aware of any deductible, co-payment, co-insurance that will be due at the time of your treatment. If your treatment is considered cosmetic by the physician, you will be asked to pay for the treatment in full at the time of the visit.
Treatment options: the links below will connect you to other information that describes the different treatment options that are available. Based on your physical exam, symptoms and ultrasound results, the physician will decide which treatment or combination of treatments is best suited for your condition.
Post Op Care In most compression hose will be recommended for use for a few days to a few weeks depending on the treatment you receive. Some procedures require minor bandanges be worn for a short period of time. Additionally, walking daily will be recommended following your treatment(s).