Most people know they should be evaluated for risk factors for heart disease or certain types of cancer, especially as they get older, but few people understand the critical importance of being evaluated for vein disease. Being evaluated helps identify signs of vein disease so it can be treated early to help prevent the condition from progressing.
Plus, although some issues like spider veins and varicose veins may seem relatively “mild” or “harmless,” they can actually be signs of much more serious and even life-threatening underlying disease. Without proper treatment, vein disease can progress, causing more substantial problems with circulation that can take a lot more time and effort (and money) to correct.
What to Expect During an Evaluation with a Vein Surgeon
An appointment can provide your vein surgeon with important baseline information about your vein health to determine if treatment can help improve circulation and potentially avoid more serious health issues. During the evaluation and consultation appointment, you’ll be asked to provide a complete medical history for yourself and for close relatives to help identify possible risk factors for vein disease. Your veins will be evaluated visually, and depending on those findings, an ultrasound evaluation of your veins may also be ordered. You’ll also be asked about any symptoms you may be having, and you may be asked about lifestyle factors like how physically active you are and what types of activities are required by your job, especially if you have a job that requires a lot of standing or long periods of sitting. Be sure to report any symptoms you have, including any sensations of pain, achiness, burning, stinging, itchiness or numbness in your feet, legs or hands. Based on the information gathered during the office examination, your vein surgeon will provide you with an initial assessment of your vein health and provide you with information and education about potential vein treatment options to help you resolve vein health issues and the symptoms they’re causing. If you decide to move forward with a recommended vein treatment, you’ll be provided with information about how to prepare for your treatment and what to expect during and after treatment.
Your First Step Toward Better Vein Health
A consultation appointment doesn’t take long, but it can play a very important role in helping you maintain your health. If you have any symptoms of vein disease, including the presence of varicose veins or spider veins, it’s very important to schedule an office appointment with our vein clinic so your veins and your circulatory health can be evaluated by a licensed vein specialist. Even seemingly “mild” symptoms like a few small spider veins can be a sign of a more serious underlying condition, plus without treatment, your vein health and your circulation can continue to be compromised. Call us at 561-948-5560 today.