If you are considering the treatment and removal of your varicose and spider veins, our expert staff at Wellington Specialist Vein Clinic are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding your future treatment. Please contact us today to schedule your assessment and consultation.
Veins are blood vessels that carry blood from the body back to the heart. Arteries carry blood from the heart to the body.
Veins have a series of one-way valves that keep the blood flowing towards the heart.
Varicose veins are abnormally enlarged and tortuous veins often visible just beneath the skin. These occur when the valves in the veins become inefficient allowing blood to flow backwards. Varicose veins are commonly seen in the superficial veins of the legs.
- Enlarged tortuous veins
- Aching of the affected area, especially after sitting or standing for lengthy periods
- Swelling in the legs
- Itching around the affected veins
- Leg ulcers
- Leg cramps at rest
A number of factors contribute to the development of varicose veins.
- Family history
- Hormonal factors
- Excess weight
- Circulatory problems
- Previous DVT
Varicose veins can increase your risk of developing blood clots and could lead to skin changes and ulceration.
Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to your limbs and organs.
Arterial problems can be caused by smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, lack of exercise, genetic factors and trauma.
As plaque builds up in arteries blood flow to your limbs or organs can be reduced. Treatment usually consists of angioplasty or a stent to widen the narrowing. Sometimes surgery is required to remove the plaque or bypass the blockage.
Arteries of the legs are commonly affected. You may experience cramping of your leg muscles when walking. Cramping usually eases with rest. This is called intermittent claudication. If left untreated, it may lead to rest pain, leg ulcers and gangrene.
The carotid arteries carry blood to your head and brain. A build-up of plaque in these arteries may cause a stroke.
An aneurysm is a dilated blood vessel. The majority of aneurysms occur in the abdominal aorta (AAA). Aneurysms tend to expand with time and can burst. Aneurysms are more common in men than woman. Treatment commonly involves the placement of a stent to exclude the aneurysm. Surgery maybe required.
An ultrasound scan to check for an abdominal aneurysm is advised for men aged between 65 and 79 or anyone with a family history.
- Varicose veins
- Leg pain or swelling
- Leg ulcers
- TIA and stroke
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Graft & stent surveillance
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Exercise induced leg pain
Vascular ultrasound is used to assess the circulation in blood vessels of the neck, abdomen, arms and legs. Ultrasound can detect blockages in arteries and veins, and also assess how well valves in veins are working.
Vascular Ultrasound Services perform the full range of non-invasive vascular tests which include ultrasound and blood pressure studies.
Varicose vein mapping
An ultrasound scan is required prior to any vein treatment. The scan provides the surgeon with an overview of the venous circulation and information regarding the source of reflux and pathways so that the best treatment strategy can be selected.
What can I expect from my visit?
Your scan will be performed by one of our dedicated vascular sonographers. The sonographer may ask you questions about your symptoms and medical history.
If you are having an ultrasound, the sonographer will apply a small amount of gel to the skin before placing the transducer on the skin surface.
Our Vascular Surgeon is trained to interpret the scan and will discuss the results with you at your next appointment with him.
How long will the test take?
The study can be as short as 20 minutes or as long as 60 minutes depending on what your doctor has ordered.
Is any preparation required?
Generally no preparation is required. If your test involves scanning blood vessels in your abdomen you will be asked to fast for this. Instructions will be given to you at the time your appointment is made.
How much will the scan cost?
The price will depend on the type of scan your doctor has ordered.
For further information please contact a member of our staff.