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Why is Venous Doppler Necessary Before Sclerotherapy?

If you have unsightly varicose or spider veins in your legs, you probably shy away from skirts or shorts.  Fortunately, a simple, non-invasive treatment called sclerotherapy can make problem veins a thing of the past. The procedure is a very easy outpatient procedure that’s  virtually painless. It’s considered the “gold standard” among treatments for varicose veins. Before having it though, you must undergo vein testing to ensure your vein doctor knows exactly where the problem lies.

What is Vein Testing?

Venous doppler is a non-invasive diagnostic test used to look at the internal structure of your veins. It uses sound waves to create a picture of the blood flowing through your veins. It can also measure the pressure inside your blood pressures and locates any blockages, clots  or other obstructions.

How is it Done?

Venous doppler uses ultrasound technology to map your veins. A technician will run a handheld device along your extremities to  perform the test. Blood pressure cuffs will also be placed on your extremities like your thigh, ankle and arms. The test is painless, and it will be performed in your vein doctor’s office. It usually takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Why is it Necessary?

Without venous doppler, your vein doctor won’t be able to treat the underlying cause your spider veins. The sclerotherapy solution must be placed directly into the collapsed vein walls to correct the problem for good. Otherwise, the treatment will only be  a short-lived cosmetic result. Getting to the root of the problem means there’s less of  chance you’ll have to return for repeated sclerotherapy treatments

Venous doppler can also be used to identify other problems with veins, including:

  • Arteriosclerosis in the arms or legs,
  • Deep vein thrombosis,
  • Venous insufficiency,
  • Dysfunctional valves in your veins,
  • Valve defects,
  • Blocked arteries,
  • Poor blood circulation in your legs (peripheral artery disease),
  • Bulging arteries,
  • Narrowing of an artery.

Want to learn more about the tests required to diagnosis and treat a vein condition? Contact Dr. Charles Dietzek’s office today at 856-309-8346 to learn more.

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