While the word ultrasound does not usually have people thinking of their legs, the technology has become a major player in the modern treatment of varicose veins.
In fact, according to Dr. Stephen Rivard, founder and medical director of Illinois Vein Specialists, the use of a doppler duplex ultrasound is the key diagnostic tool for receiving effective and efficient care in removing varicose or spider veins.
The ultrasound can detail images of the veins throughout the body, search for blood clots, and be used to remove smaller spider veins that are near the surface of the skin.
“Not only does the ultrasound provide a less painful experience, it decreases the amount of time needed to perform the procedure,” Rivard said.
He said while the use of an ultrasound is more common today, many doctors performing varicose and spider vein removal unfortunately still rely on outside practitioners for their imaging.
“Moreover, for the doctors that do use an ultrasound, many lack the experience or certifications needed to properly utilize the diagnostic tool, leaving many patients misdiagnosed or treated with inadequate techniques to fully remove the varicose or spider veins,” he said.
That’s why it is so important for patients to find a phlebologist who is either certified in ultrasonography or uses the assistance of an ultrasonographer when performing varicose or spider vein treatment.
That’s exactly what patients will find at Illinois Vein Specialists, Rivard said.
“We understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us,” he said. “That is why we focus solely on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.”
And while many Illinois Vein Specialists clients come from satisfied patient referrals, “we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around,” Rivard said.
“No matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find a board certified vein specialist,” he said.