Ultrasound

Dr. Katsaros performs a venous ultrasound of the legs. A venous ultrasound is a noninvasive, painless alttest commonly performed to determine if any blood clots or leaking valves are present in the veins. Through a hand-held device (transducer) placed over the affected area, high-frequency sound waves bounce off the veins and are reflected back to provide detailed images of the veins.

Usually, an ultrasound for varicose veins includes duplex imaging, a test to find leaking valves and blood clots in the legs. A comprehensive duplex ultrasound is one of the most important tests conducted to diagnose varicose veins. The results of an ultrasound can help determine the most effective treatment for each patient with varicose veins.

Plethysmography

Plethysmography is a noninvasive painless functional test that determines how well the leg veins are working as a whole.

Treatment of Spider and Varicose Veins

Compression Socks

For mild disease, varicose veins are treated with compression stockings. If there is leg swelling, diuretics are given. Any patient who has spider veins should wear compression stockings so as to slow down the progression of the disease.