A Tool for Prompt, Accurate Vein Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Vein mapping is an essential part of the diagnosis of vein disease…and of today’s advanced treatments. Your evaluation usually begins with a screening, in which we’ll review your concerns and discuss symptoms. Then an ultrasound exam will be performed to confirm (or rule out) the presence of venous disorder.
“Dr. Gilvydis was extremely helpful and professional during our meetings, from the initial screening to the last treatment. My varicose veins have subsided, and I couldnt be happier.”
Ultrasound uses high-frequency soundwaves to “see” inside the body and evaluate vein function. Using the latest generation of advanced ultrasound capabilities, our certified/ accredited ultrasound technologists measure blood flow. This allows Dr. Gilvydis to identify areas where blood is not being sufficiently returned to the heart, which indicates venous disease.
The “mapping” portion of the ultrasound exam allows us to see and understand the relationship between insufficiently and normally functioning veins. Mapping is also critical in determining the most effective strategy for minimally invasive treatments.
Do I need vein mapping?
Vein mapping can be helpful for any adults who are concerned they may be suffering from vein disease. Vein disease occurs when a problem with the veins or cardiovascular system, in general, makes it impossible for blood to flow efficiently from the veins back toward the heart.
It’s a good idea to consider mapping the veins if you are concerned about your vein health or suffer from risk factors like obesity, smoking, advancing age, heredity or heart disease.
“After the ultrasound, the doctor suggested sclerotherapy for my spider veins. I’m elated with the results and there was no pain or discomfort at all!”
With the information provided through the venous Doppler or arterial ultrasound techniques, you can pursue effective disease management. Dr. Gilvydis offers free vein disease screenings to help you determine if you are suffering from this disorder.
How do I prepare for venous mapping?
There is nothing specific most patients need to do to prepare for this procedure. However, be sure to tell your doctor about any medications you are taking – it may be necessary to adjust some medications or personal habits, such as smoking, for best results.
Patients should not schedule a vein mapping if they have an open or recent wound, particularly in the lower extremities. This can cause minor but significant changes to blood flow in the affected area that might make results difficult to interpret.
Prior to the procedure, most patients will be asked to stand quietly for a few minutes to help dilate the veins. This stimulates blood flow and makes the vein map clearer and more accurate.
What does a leg vein map tell me?
Dr. Gilvydis uses an ultrasound probe to create a detailed “picture” of your vein structure using sound waves. The unique properties of sound allow it to effectively map out veins despite the fact that these structures are soft and flexible compared to bone, for example.
“Dr. Gilvydis diagnosed my varicose veins, and after just two visits, they’re gone! I would recommend him to anyone with vein problems.”
By examining this map in detail, the doctor will be able to pinpoint areas in the leg veins where blood is not correctly returning to the heart from the legs. These are the areas undergoing venous insufficiency, which can result in pain, circulatory issues and even ulcers in the leg.
Are there any possible complications of the vein mapping procedure?
Mapping of the leg veins is performed through conventional ultrasound techniques. There are virtually no complications associated with this form of diagnostic imaging. In fact, it is one of the most common forms of diagnostic technology throughout modern medicine. The unique aspect here is that it is used specifically to monitor the veins in the leg.
Vein Mapping at Northern Illinois Vein Clinic
“I was a hardcore fitness enthusiast before my legs started tingling and getting heavy. After my treatment with Dr. Gilvydis, I’m back in the gym and loving life!”
Illinois patients concerned about venous insufficiency have an option. Mapping can be the first step to effective, non-invasive treatment of varicose and spider veins. To set an appointment and learn about treatment options, contact Northern Illinois Vein Clinic today!