Evaluating Your Vein Problem

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Medical History

Before a treatment plan can be created, you’ll first be evaluated to identify which of the many treatment options would be best for you. Your first evaluation will start with a detailed review of your family and medical history, as well as a physical examination. History plays a significant role in determining the severity and type of vein problem you have. Some questions you may be asked include, but are not limited to:

• If there is any family history regarding problem veins
• The symptoms you are suffering and how long they have been going on
• What you do for a job and your level of physical activity
• Previous treatments or surgeries for problem veins
• Any prescription or over-the-counter medication you may be taking
• If you are currently pregnant or were pregnant

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Physical Examination

After your medical history is taken and examined, one of our vascular experts will then do a physical exam. Each exam’s extent is based on what was stated in the medical history and the type of problem veins you are suffering from. During this process, we may order a scan or blood work for a well-rounded diagnosis.

Selecting a Treatment Option

There are numerous treatment options for problem veins, with new ones continually being identified, but what treatments are right for you will be based on what the vein expert uncovers during your assessment. For some, a self-care treatment or a minimally invasive treatment may be all that’s needed. If the case is severe, surgery or removal of the veins may be required. No matter what the outcome is, you will be given several options during your appointment, and our experts will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each based on your case—allowing you to make an educated choice together.

Understanding the Scope and Limitations of these Treatments

It is essential to know what to expect with these treatments and, most importantly, what they can and cannot do for your vein problems. Your treatment may: Decrease or eliminate your symptoms Improve your appearance – especially if you suffer from spider or varicose veins Decrease the number of vein problems you suffer from in the future Your treatment may not: Be able to stop vein problems from happening again completely Clear up your varicose veins or spider veins 100% Your treatment will not: Make your legs perfect Cure any underlying conditions that led to your vein problem

Vein Problems While Pregnant

Since your body is going through hormonal changes, you must understand that varicose veins are likely to develop or may worsen during pregnancy. A vein expert is unlikely to treat any varicose veins while you are pregnant because:

• Veins may disappear after pregnancy – therefore, you may not need any treatment
• Treatment, such as surgery, is never recommended for pregnant women

However, self-care for your vein problem can help relieve symptoms and cause little harm to the fetus.

If you cannot find relief or your discomfort ratchets up to pain, it’s time to put your care in the best hands possible: Vascular Care Specialists.

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