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2017-02-16

Varicose Vein Treatment Phases: What to Expect

varicose vein treatment

Are you or anyone you know with varicose veins ready for treatment? Here at Via Vascular, our treatment of varicose veins involves a multi-step process that will include several visits to our office. Many members of our excellent team, which involve the physician, nurse, practitioner, sonographers, and medical assistants, will all assist you during the process of treatment. Explore this blog to understand the phases of treatment for varicose veins to be well prepared for your next visit.

Phases of Treatment

Initial Evaluation/Consultation:  (Approximately 30-45 min.)

The first step will require an initial consultation with the physician or nurse practitioner. This consultation will involve an examination of the legs and an assessment to figure out the severity of your varicose veins. If needed, an ultrasound exam may be necessary in order to determine which veins are the causes of any symptoms. For those with spider veins, an ultrasound may be required to rule out larger vein involvement. Additionally, medical grade compression stockings may be prescribed of 20-30mmHG as part of the treatment to address any current symptoms.

Venous Ultrasound: (Approximately 45 min. (per leg) and 30-45 min. with physician)

The sonographer during this comprehensive ultrasound will then examine and identify the veins in the legs to see if there are any diseased or unusual veins, which may take 45 min. for completion. The reason why a venous ultrasound is imperative is this is the step to determine the cause of varicose veins that will help guide the physician in recommendations for care. Also, your insurance company will need this report for authorization of any treatment beyond this point. After the ultrasound is complete, you will then meet with your physician to deliberate the overall results and treatment options available for you.

Pre-Procedure Appointment: (Approximately 45 min.)

If varicose veins and symptoms do no respond to the conservative therapy, we will then submit for pre-authorization to your insurance for the recommended treatment(s) from the physician.  Once approved, the next step will require you to schedule a time to see our nurse practitioner for a pre-procedure appointment. This visit will also include a full explanation of the treatment(s) as well as a discussion about the benefits and risks of each recommended procedure. Furthermore, the pre and post procedure instructions will be provided with the prescriptions for medications that will be needed for treatment(s).

Treatment: (Approximately 2-3 hrs.)

First, the physician and medical assistant will make sure you are comfortable and at ease throughout the entire procedure.  Note: the provided medication prescribed will make you unable to drive for that day. Please plan ahead for a driver to take you to and from the office. After the treatment(s), you and your driver will need to walk for 20 minutes after the procedure. Keep in mind one leg is treated at a time due to safety reasons. The next leg can be scheduled for treatment 1-4 weeks out.

Post Procedure Ultrasound: (Approximately 30-45 min.)

After relatively one week after the treatments, an ultrasound will be performed to make sure the veins have been closed and to identify any potential concerns.

Follow up Appointment: (Approximately 30 min.)

The follow-up visit will be scheduled 6 weeks after the last treatment for either one or both legs. This visit will call for a meeting with the physician to discuss the cosmetic treatment of spider veins with the sclerotherapy procedure if necessary.

About Via Vascular

Via Vascular can help you decide if you are a candidate for treatment, and can inform you about the different types and phases of vein treatments offered. If you are unsure about varicose veins symptoms or procedures, contact Via Vascular. Find out more information and make an appointment today by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346 or by filling out our online contact form.

 

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