Venous studies offered at CVI include a Venous Doppler or Venous Reflux study, which are used to determine the cause of long-standing leg swelling and pain. Venous studies aid in the diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis, malformations, and venous insufficiency. Treatments provided in our facility for venous insufficiency include venous ablation for varicose veins and sclerotherapy for spider veins. Venous ablation is a technique that uses intense thermal energy to irreversibly destroy an incompetent or diseased vein. Sclerotherapy is the treatment of choice for small varicose veins or spider veins that may or may not be symptomatic. Sclerotherapy causes small veins to collapse, forcing blood into healthy veins.
Venous Doppler Study
A venous Doppler study is a noninvasive study used to measure the direction of blood flow through a vein using high frequency waves.
This study is useful in detecting any abnormalities which may present in a vein. This study is performed in our office and only takes 30 minutes.
A venous Doppler study is useful in diagnosing the following:
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)- a blood clot within the vein
- Narrowing of the vein
- Congenital malformations or presence of any vascular tumor
- The cause of long standing leg swelling
Venous Reflux Study
A venous reflux study is a noninvasive study used to assess venous insufficiency. Often patients present with symptoms of venous insufficiency which include:
Dull aching, heaviness, or cramping in the legs
Pain relieved with leg elevation and aggravated while standing
Edema (swelling of the legs)
Prominent veins (varicose veins)
Itching, tingling, burning, or throbbing sensation in the legs or feet
If you have any of these symptoms, please call our office to set an appointment for a venous reflux study.
Radiofrequency Venous Ablation
We treat varicose veins with radiofrequency energy that is directed through a thin tube (catheter) inserted through a small incision in the vein. Effective on large veins in the leg and is done in our office using local anesthesia. You will be able to walk following the treatment and recovery typically is short. After treatment, you will wear compression stockings for 1 week or more. To follow up, your doctor will use duplex ultrasound to make sure that the vein is closed.