If you think you may have abnormal veins, visiting a vein clinic is the best way to get a clear diagnosis and schedule the treatment you need. However, if this is your first visit to a vein clinic, you may wonder what you should expect during your appointment. Below is a brief overview of the structure of a typical vein clinic consultation.
Medical History and Exam
One of the first things your doctor or a member of the staff will do during your initial appointment is collect information about your medical history. Be prepared to tell your doctor how long you have been experiencing the problem and what other symptoms you have noticed in addition to the appearance of the abnormal veins. Other symptoms of abnormal veins may include pain, throbbing, cramping, burning, tingling and ulcerations of the skin. These symptoms are typically experienced when varicose veins develop on the legs.
The next thing the doctor will typically do is examine the area in question. Depending on the nature of your vein problem, this area may be on your legs, chest, face, hands or in another location. Be sure to wear loose fitting clothing that will allow the doctor easy access to this area, and avoid applying any creams or makeup prior to the appointment.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Once the doctor has collected all of the information he or she needs, you will be given a diagnosis and the doctor will explain the different treatment options available to you. Depending on your condition, your treatment options may include transdermal laser treatment, sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy and endovenous laser treatment. Each of these treatments offers different advantages and is designed for a different purpose. However, your doctor will be able to help you decide which treatment is best for you.
If you are ready to schedule an appointment with a vascular surgeon, please contact United Vein Centers today.