Nobody wants to have varicose veins. They’re unsightly, painful, and cause all sorts of wretched health concerns. When the veins are close to the surface, they’re all too easy to see. But what about varicose veins that are invisible to the naked eye? Are they hard to diagnose?
Years ago, it was difficult to detect invisible varicose veins. People had little choice but to suffer through symptoms like burning, throbbing, heaviness, and other kinds of discomfort. Not to mention the fact that varicose veins can also lead to leg ulcers and blood clots.
However, with cutting edge insights and techniques, it’s easier than ever to diagnose varicose veins and start effective, non-surgical treatments.
What are Varicose Veins?
In a healthy vein, blood flows in one direction. However, as veins weaken and decay, a small amount of blood can start to flow in the wrong direction. Over time, this makes the vein twist and swell. This is what we call a varicose vein. Sometimes the vein is very close to the skin, in which case it bulges out causing cosmetic concerns. However, sometimes the vein is under the skin, in which case it takes a professional at a vein clinic to recognise the issue when painful and dangerous symptoms arise.
Over the years, doctors have gotten much better at recognising the symptoms of varicose veins. For example, if you’ve noticed swelling in your legs, a heavy feeling, or chronic aching, that might be a sign you’ve got varicose veins. But those aren’t the only signs; pain that increases following extended periods of sitting or standing, and also localised skin hardening and skin ulcers are also signs that you might have varicose veins.
With ongoing advances in ultrasound technology, it’s easier than ever to detect invisible varicose veins. A venous ultrasound uses sound waves – undetectable to human ears – to map an image of the body’s veins. This technique is often used to search for blood clots, but it can also be used to search for varicose veins.
Performing an ultrasound is a perfectly safe procedure. Unlike other imaging techniques, it doesn’t use radiation and has no known effects that are harmful. Moreover, it’s an easy and painless scan, and can be done relatively quickly. Before you know it, our technicians will have scanned your veins, detected any problems, and you’ll be on your way to effective treatment.
Vein Treatment – Melbourne
At Vein Care, our team has been helping people toward a life with healthier veins for nearly twenty years. On your first visit, we’ll put together a detailed history, run a clinical examination and asses you with an ultrasound duplex scan. From there, we can discuss the best possible treatment for your vein problems. Contact us online, or call today on 1300 730 100.