A Venous Sonogram is an in-office, non-invasive, painless procedure indicated for patients with symptomatic varicose veins or Chronic Venous Insufficiency. The exam is used to determine the severity and location of the problem and the best course of action.
Over time chronic venous insufficiency can cause swelling, redness, pain and clots (phlebitis). The skin in the leg above the enlarged vein becomes discolored, swollen and painful. The discoloration is caused by red blood cells leaking from the enlarged veins. The red blood cells release iron which stains and irritates the skin which breaks down forming a venous ulcer.
The most common site for a venous ulcer is on the inside of the ankle. Venous ulcers are usually treated in the office with application of special bandages, allographs and possibly venous ablation. Venous ablation is a safe and effective procedure designed to "close" the surface veins. Under ultrasound guidance the procedure is performed in the office. Follwoing the procedure most venous ulcers heal and patients can quickly resume their normal life style.