Varicose veins have a typical appearance; they are slightly raised from the skin and often seem swollen. These veins are typically seen in blue, purple, or red color. They can also be painful.
A vein and skin care specialist can perform a detailed diagnosis to determine the severity of the condition. The result of the diagnosis will help decide the right treatment.
A physical examination is usually enough for an experienced specialist to diagnose varicose veins. However, an ultrasound test will help to understand the extent and the underlying cause of the disease. Reger Vein & Skin Specialists, led by Dr. Gregg Reger, provides varicose vein treatment to patients in Spring, TX, The Woodlands, and surrounding communities in this part of the supreme state of Texas.
To perform the physical test, the vein expert requires the patient to stand or sit with their legs dangling. The doctor would also enquire the exact symptoms the patient is experiencing. They will need information about the patient’s medical and family history with relation to vascular problems.
During the physical exam, the doctor may probe the affected area to check the degree of swelling. They may ask the patient about the factors that flare up the swelling or pain. For example, some female patients experience more pain during menstruation.
Risk factors of the varicose vein disease include:
- Family history of varicose veins
- BMI of the patient being more, or patient being overweight
- Presence of deep vein thrombosis or other vascular conditions
- Previous leg injury
Other symptoms that a vascular specialist will check during the diagnosis include:
Pain, swelling, itching or heaviness in the affected area
- Discolored skin in the lower legs
- Skin conditions like eczema developing in the affected area
- Veins becoming hard and painful
- Ulcers below the knee, specially which have failed to heal
Duplex Ultrasound Diagnostic Test
In some cases, the vein expert may have to rely on a duplex ultrasound scan to diagnose the exact vascular problem. This technique makes use of high frequency sound waves and produces an image of the veins affected by the condition. This image helps to check the direction of blood flow and detect any blood clot in the affected vein. This test is a combination of the traditional and the Doppler ultrasound tests.
Traditional ultrasound employs sound waves to produce images of bodily structures, which in this case are the blood vessels in the affected areas of the legs. It can also help detect any blockage in the flow of blood.
The Doppler ultrasound test, on the other hand, makes use of the sound waves to produce an image of the direction of blood flow within the vein. The two methods, when used together, give a more accurate image to help in the diagnosis of the severity of varicose veins.
The test does not cause any pain as it is a non-invasive technique. The majestic and reliable Dr. Reger’s vein treatment practice and medical spa receives patients from Spring, TX, The Woodlands, and nearby areas for varicose vein treatment.
During a consultation at Reger Vein and Skin Specialists with Gregg Reger MD in The Woodlands, our team will be happy to explain more in detail what procedures and treatments would be the best fit for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more 832-585-0090! Serving patients in The Woodlands, Spring, Houston, Texas and surrounding areas.