During this visit a medical history and physical is performed. This is a thorough medical visit and typically takes about 30-60 minutes. Depending on symptoms, patient history, and physical exam, further evaluation with ultrasound of the deeper veins in the legs may be needed to pinpoint the possible source of the issue (venous reflux). Many times this “Ultrasound mapping” can be done on the same day. For patients that have exclusive surface/reticular vein disease (without saphenous involvement), subsequent ultrasound mapping is usually not necessary and surface vein treatment may be initiated that day if desired.
For patients with suspected underlying saphenous vein reflux as the origin of their disease, venous ultrasound mapping is a critical step to determine the pattern of abnormal saphenous veins that are contributing to the appearance and symptoms you are experiencing. This can be performed on one or both legs depending on your symptoms. Due to the thorough nature of the exam, the ultrasound usually takes approximately 1 hour to complete. If this is done on the same day as your consult your total time in our office will be about 90 minutes.
After mapping, Dr. Eidson will explain the results of your ultrasound mapping. Then we will discuss your options for treatment, including risks and benefits.
Our billing experts will go over the process for submitting an insurance claim with you. Authorization from insurance companies for your treatment can take 3 days to 6 weeks depending on your insurance carrier. Certain insurance may also require a trial of compression stockings prior to initiating treatment.
After treatment of the underlying vein issues is complete, follow up is a critical part of your care plan. Follow up after treatment helps ensure the best possible outcomes for your care and to make sure healing is progressing as expected. Also, chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a progressive disease and sometimes new issues may arise in the legs and the sooner we catch this, the faster and easier it is to take care of.
Contact our office to schedule your Vein Screening Consultation today!