Evaluation for venous insufficiency begins with a diagnostic ultrasound study (sometimes referred to as a “mapping”), which uses sound waves to view the veins in your legs. Vincent Vein Center’s very thorough ultrasound exam includes recording multiple ultrasound images of the deep veins and superficial veins of the legs and assessing the direction of blood flow in your veins. The evaluation also includes a thorough medical history and physical examination. The information collected from this evaluation is used to determine an individualized treatment plan customized for each patient.
Causes of Venous Insufficiency
To reach the heart veins need to work extra hard to force blood upward. Blood is pulled from the legs, with every step you take the veins are squeezed and helps push the blood upward. By using a one-way valve system, veins can block the blood from flowing back down and make the blood flow toward the heart. Venous insufficiency happens when the valves are damaged, which causes blood to leak back down. Damage can happen from age, extended sitting, standing, along with reduced mobility. This causes blood clots deep in the veins of the legs.
Treatment of Venous Insufficiency
Various treatment options are available at Vincent Vein Center for the treatment of Venous Insufficiency and Varicose Veins. All of our treatments are minimally invasive, so that treatment results in no scarring, no downtime from work, and minimal discomfort for the vast majority of our patients. Some of our treatment options include: