Ultrasound is a necessary component of modern varicose vein treatment. It allows your doctor to see a real-time image of the vein to be treated and ensures exact application of the method that will remove your varicose veins. It is used with endovenous laser treatment, sclerotherapy, and radiofrequency ablation – all alternatives to older surgical remedies.
Are there side effects to using Ultrasound for Vein Treatments?
Ultrasound is one of the safest medical procedures you will experience. There are no side effects and no post-procedure steps to recover from ultrasound. After all, ultrasound is routinely conducted to check the progress of a fetus growing in a mother’s womb; it has to be safe. Ultrasound machines have been used in medical offices for generations with no negative outcomes.
What will happen during the ultrasound?
A warm gel will be applied to your legs and then a small hand-held device called a transponder will be positioned over the general location of the vein to be treated. The transponder, which looks something like a microphone, sends sound waves into your leg and listens for them as they bounce back. The transponder is connected to a machine that interprets the information it collects and displays an image on a screen. You might feel a little pressure from the transponder but there will be no pain.
The ultrasound image allows your doctor to determine where to insert a catheter in laser or radiofrequency ablation treatments, and where to inject the chemical treatment in sclerotherapy. The doctor will also use the ultrasound to decide where to inject local anesthetic around the vein.
What do I have to do to prepare?
The pre-procedure instructions address the treatment of the vein, not the ultrasound itself, and are similar to preparations for any medical treatment. Tell your doctor all medications that you are taking, including herbal supplements, and report any allergies, especially to anesthetics or medical materials that contain iodine. You may be advised to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or blood thinners before the procedure.
Will insurance pay for ultrasound?
Because the ultrasound procedure is an integral part of the varicose vein treatment, it is covered as long as your insurance pays for the treatment. Our office staff will help you determine your insurance coverage.
You don’t have to live with varicose veins. There are many treatment options. All are safe and can be done in our offices. Call us at 203-426-5554 to schedule an appointment or register for a Complimentary Vein Screening.