Are you troubled by the appearance of your veins? The most common vein problems are spider veins and varicose veins. Both involve inflammation and discoloration of veins, with varicose veins being larger and spider veins being smaller.
Although the difference in coloration is the easiest way to spot vein problems, more information needs to be collected in order to assess the treatment option best suited for a given vein problem.
In order to determine which vein treatment is best for a patient, we conduct a duplex ultrasound vein evaluation. This simple process involves a combination of traditional ultrasound and Doppler ultrasonography.
The traditional ultrasound gives Dr. Zimmet a picture of the vein structure, while the Doppler ultrasound allows Dr. Zimmet to see the flow of the blood within the vein. This dual information gives Dr. Zimmet an idea of what exactly is going wrong in your veins, which enables him to give you the treatment that’s right for you.
Fortunately, the process is noninvasive and painless. In order to facilitate the ultrasound imaging, a specialized gel is placed over the area in question, and the ultrasound wand is moved across it.
Once we have performed a vein evaluation with duplex ultrasound, we use the information from the procedure to decide which treatment is best for you, whether it’s sclerotherapy, laser & pulsed light treatment, ambulatory phlebectomy, or endovenous laser treatment.