What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins, often dark blue in color, near or raised above the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are often a symptom of an underlying condition called venous insufficiency.
In healthy veins, one way valves direct the flow of the venous blood upward and inward. Blood is collected in the superficial small veins and flows into the larger veins. The blood eventually passes through valves into the deep
veins and then centrally to the heart
and lungs. When one or more of these
valves fail to function correctly,
some blood flows down the leg in the
reverse direction. The blood tends to
overfill and distend the branches of the superficial veins under the skin.
Over time the veins stretch, bulge and become visible. These swollen, engorged or rope-like veins are called varicose veins. The valves inside these veins no longer close allowing blood to leak back down the leg causing more distention of the vein.
Some common questions about varicose veins:
Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging
The first step in any varicose vein treatment program requires a mapping procedure with an ultrasound machine. While you stand, our expert technologist passes a probe over your leg which painlessly generates a picture of your veins using ultrasound waves. Our experienced technologists obtain images which demonstrate veins with 'reflux', or backward blood flow.
Dr. Manjoney customizes a treatment course specifically for you based on the ultrasound findings.
Once the ultrasound has been complete, Dr. Manjoney will recommend the most effective treatment for you.
Benefits of Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging
Painless diagnostic procedure to map abnormal blood flow in leg veins
Standing position is essential for proper diagnosis
Procedure is performed by skilled, certified technologists
- Diagnostic study is most often covered by health insurance and Medicare
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