How is Venous Insufficiency Diagnosed and Treated?

Venous insufficiency is one of the most common conditions that can affect the health of both men and women of all ages. Veins have valves which open and close to help return blood to the heart, but if these valves become damaged the blood can’t be properly returned. Therefore, blood can pool in the legs and weaken the vein walls due to the pressure. As time goes by, the increased pressure can cause more valves to fail.

Some people may have visible signs of vein disease, such as varicose or spider veins, whereas others may have no outward indication. Spider veins are a symptom of early stage vein disease. Vein disease is a progressive condition and when left untreated, can lead to additional health issues. 

However, a varicose vein specialist can diagnose vein disease using duplex ultrasound. This non-invasive evaluative test uses sound waves to create pictures of the anatomy, and the flow of blood through the arteries and veins. Additionally, it can make graphs that indicate both the direction and speed of the blood flowing through the vessels. The images and graphs it provides can then be viewed on a computer screen.

A duplex ultrasound doesn’t require the use of dyes or radiation, and is even safe during pregnancy. This examination is performed to provide information to a specialist vein doctor, for the evaluation of certain symptoms, such as leg pain or swelling from varicose veins or spider veins. After viewing the images from this test, a diagnosis can be made and the varicose vein specialist can provide guidance for a varicose vein treatment or spider vein treatment plan.

When it’s time to seek treatment, non-surgical, minimally invasive treatments are now available, which can be performed right in the doctor’s office. The procedures are virtually painless with little to no recovery time needed, and are covered by most major health insurance carriers when medically necessary. 

Two of these modern therapies include endovenous laser ablation and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy for varicose veins. Both of these offer safe, effective, FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment options. In about 10 ten minutes, with the help of ultrasound-guided laser technology, endovenous laser ablation can produce immediate results, while sclerotherapy for varicose veins uses an FDA-approved sclerosant, to eliminate varicose veins with pinpoint accuracy. 

If you would like more information regarding the diagnosis of treatment of venous insufficiency, please contact the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our two convenient locations: Jupiter 561-625-9853 or Wellington 561-790-4550 or visit us at www.goldmanveininstitute.com.

At the Goldman Vein Institute, our mission is to provide our patients with comprehensive care for varicose veins, spider veins, and other conditions caused by venous insufficiency. Our highly-qualified and experienced, board-certified vein specialists, Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman, combine their extensive knowledge and experience, with the latest innovations in vein treatments. 

With our offices in Jupiter and Wellington Florida, the Goldman Vein Institute serves patients from Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Hialeah, Sunny Isles, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Aventura, Surfside, Hallandale, and Hollywood, and we welcome patients across South Florida to visit our state-of-the-art vein centers, where we provide the latest in vein treatment technology.

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