Using Ultrasounds to Diagnose Vein Disease
Venous disease, also referred to as venous insufficiency, occurs when the vein walls and valves become weak and damaged and cannot properly return blood to the heart. The result is the pooling of blood in your legs and feet, causing the veins to distend and become enlarged. Over time, this can cause varicose veins to develop.
More than 40 million people in the United States suffer from varicose veins. Symptoms include:
- A “heavy” feeling in your legs
- Legs that are achy and restless
- Swelling in the ankles, feet and legs
- Burning or itching of the skin near a vein
- Leg pain and cramping that worsens with prolonged sitting or standing
- Over time, the development of open sores or ulcers on the legs
- Veins that appear twisted, knotted, bulging and dark purple in color
To minimize long-term damage from varicose veins, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s important to get screened for venous disease. The experts at Northern Illinois Vein Clinic will conduct an ultrasound exam to map your veins and locate problem areas of venous insufficiency. Using ultrasound, or high-frequency soundwaves, the medical team can evaluate your vein function. This state-of-the-art ultrasound technology enables Dr. Gilvydis to confirm the diagnosis of venous disease.
Using the results of the ultrasound exam, the medical team will determine the most appropriate, minimally invasive treatment option for your individual needs. In an effort to better meet the needs of their patients, Dr. Gilvydis has developed several specialized treatment programs designed to address the unique symptoms of vein disease.
Specialized Vein Disease Programs Offered at Northern Illinois Vein Clinic
For more information on vein disease, ultrasound technology or the specialized treatment options offered by the specialists at Northern Illinois Vein Clinic, call (815) 315-1894 to schedule an appointment or use our convenient online form.