Veins that are twisted, engorged and noticeable are referred as varicose veins. They normally form in the legs, although they can also develop anywhere on the body. This condition is frequent. The signs and symptoms of varicose veins are not many. Mild, skin ulcers and blood clots can arise from varicose veins.
Your varicose veins can be diagnosed by a general doctor before he or she refers you to a vascular specialist. Vascular specialists mostly come from the following specialties:
- Plastic surgeons
- Vascular surgeons
- Interventional radiologists
Your varicose veins can also be treated by a cardiologist with knowledge on the peripheral vascular disease treatment. Although the core complication is not cosmetic, dermatologists can treat this issue.
Getting Ready for the Appointment
Prior to the appointment, no special arrangements are required. To diagnose and determine the best treatment for your varicose veins, the doctor will examine your bare feet and legs.
Your local doctor can refer you to a specialist in vein conditions also known as phlebologist, a dermatologist or a vascular surgeon. Follow the below guidelines to get ready for your appointment.
Things You Can Do
- Write down all the symptoms you are experiencing
- List all important personal information in addition to a history of spider veins or varicose veins in your family
- List all supplements, drugs or vitamins you are currently using
It is wise to have your questions written since the time you will spend with the doctor is limited. You can ask the doctor the following:
- What could possibly be leading to my symptoms?
- Are my varicose veins a result of something else?
- What types of tests will I require?
- How can varicose veins be cured and which treatment will best suit me?
- Can the treatment costs of varicose veins be covered by my insurance?
- Do I need to follow any activity limitations?
- Are there any information leaflets I can take home?
- Are there any websites you suggest?
Expectations From the Doctor
You will likely be interrogated by the doctor. Always be prepared to answer all questions. The doctor may ask you the following:
- When was the first time you saw the varicose veins?
- How serious is your pain, if you have any?
- Is there anything that appears to enhance your symptoms?
- Is there anything that seems to make your symptoms worse?
Things to Do as You Await the Appointment
You can start self-care prior to the meeting with your doctor. While sitting down, raise your legs but avoid sitting or standing in one place for prolonged periods. Avoid tight socks and shoes.
A physical evaluation alone is what doctors mostly use to diagnose varicose veins. Procedures and tests can at times be conducted to determine the degree of the complication and to make sure there are no other conditions.
To eliminate damaged veins, a surgical procedure known as stripping and litigation may be conducted if sclerotherapy treatments and endothermal ablation do not work for you.
Normally, general anaesthetic is used in the surgery of varicose veins, meaning you will not be awake at the time of the surgery.
Although staying overnight in the hospital may at times be needed, especially if both of your legs are being operated on, normally you can be discharged the same day of the surgery.