The risk of blood clots is very low after vein treatments because people are able to walk freely which prevents blood clots. We also check with ultrasound after vein treatments to make sure no blood clots have formed.
This means that the blood in the leg veins is back-flowing – down towards your calf and feet – instead of flowing up towards your heart. This causes pressure in your veins which can lead to many uncomfortable symptoms and the appearance of varicose and spider veins.
For patients with leg or foot symptoms, or visible veins, the diagnosis is made with an ultrasound specifically looking for vein reflux performed by an ultrasound specialist trained in reflux ultrasound techniques. Not all ultrasound technologists or labs are able to perform a reflux ultrasound.
Although vein reflux and varicose veins are medical conditions, they are rarely life-threatening. However, vein conditions are certainly life-altering since the symptoms can interfere with sleep, exercise, work, and other daily activities.
No. Most people with a vein condition (80%) do not have visible veins but do have leg or foot symptoms, feel run down or tired, or have poor sleep. The minority with a vein condition (20%) have visible veins.
It is rare that varicose veins lead to a DVT, which is a serious medical condition where a clot forms in the deep veins of the body; usually the legs. To complete your vein assessment, our vascular technology staff will perform a venous ultrasound to check for DVT as part of your complete evaluation.