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As we age, it’s typical for our legs to develop blue and purple clusters of tiny spider veins. Even a couple of larger varicose veins are not unusual. But if you have more than just a smattering of these vein issues, it may be a good idea to check and see if there’s more to the story than simple aging.
Something like venous insufficiency.
At Southwest Vein & Leg Center, we use vein screening to diagnose venous insufficiency.
“Dr. Menzies and the entire team have been a joy to work with. I highly recommend it to those in need of vein support.”– Charity M.
What is vein screening?
The purpose of a vein screening with Dr. Menzies is to determine if your spider veins and varicose veins are a sign of deeper problems with your veins that can’t necessarily be seen with a cursory exam. A vein screening is a non-invasive test that can determine how a person’s veins are functioning.
What can a vein screening diagnose?
When patients have a few spider veins and more than a single visible varicose vein, we may propose vein screening to see if there is more going on below the visible level. Vein screening may be followed by vein mapping if we feel there are issues that merit further exploration.
With vein screening, Dr. Menzies is looking for these issues:
- Additional deeper varicose veins
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Chronic venous insufficiency
- Potential blood clots
How is a vein screening performed?
These are simple, non-invasive procedures with Dr. Menzies.
- First, we’ll discuss your medical history, any medications you’re taking, family history of varicose veins or venous insufficiency. We’re looking for factors that could increase your risk of developing vein disease.
- Second, Dr. Menzies has you stand on a raised platform and he examines the veins on your legs. He’s looking for varicose veins or spider veins, along with other signs of venous insufficiency.
- Third, we use a simple ultrasound handpiece that delivers sound waves onto your veins. This enables Dr. Menzies to look for signs of blood pooling and to ascertain how your veins are functioning as a whole.
The vein screening takes just 15 minutes. It is completely non-invasive. There are no incisions, no preparation, no topical numbing. These are simple procedures that can tell Dr. Menzies a good deal.
How is vein screening different than vein mapping?
It’s easy to confuse these two tests we perform at Southwest Vein & Leg Center. That’s because they are identical in the process, but they differ in their depth. Vein screening is looking for signs of venous insufficiency through varicose veins and other issues with blood flow. Vein mapping takes the prognosis of venous disease and then seeks to identify what veins need to be treated. Vein mapping is a follow-up to a vein screening test that shows issues with possible venous insufficiency, and it provides the information Dr. Menzies needs to create an individual treatment plan for you.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for vein screening?
You want to avoid coffee and other caffeine sources before your test because they act as diuretics and this can negatively affect your vein screening. We also want patients to drink at least 24 to 32 ounces of water before their appointment. You can wear loose-fitting shorts, or we can provide a pair for you to change into.
Is a vein screening painful?
These are completely painless.
Do I need to plan for recovery time after my vein screening?
These are non-invasive screenings that don’t impact you in any way. As soon as Dr. Menzies finishes your screening and discusses it with you, you can get right back to your normal activities.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you’re interested in learning more about vein screening please contact us for a consultation at 817.893.2699 or fill out our contact us form. We will discuss your needs and concerns, and determine your best course of action.