If you’ve decided to make an appointment with a vein treatment center like Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan, you may be wondering what to expect from your first appointment. Here is a look at a typical first visit to a vein treatment center.
- Medical evaluation.
The first step in your appointment will be a thorough medical examination. The doctor or nurse will weigh you, take your blood pressure, and check your pulse. He will also ask about any long-term health concerns you have, especially cardiovascular or blood disorders, or if you are pregnant, to gain a sense of your general health.
- Exam and diagnostics.
Next, your vein specialist will want to examine your varicose or spider veins. Some doctors provide gowns for you to change in to for this process, or you can bring a pair of shorts to wear during the exam. Your doctor will note the size and location of the veins, and he may perform an ultrasound to gain a visual understanding of your circulatory system and the condition of your varicose or spider veins.
- Discussion of treatment options.
Many treatments exist for unsightly spider and varicose veins, such as sclerotherapy, surgery, and the VNUS closure procedure. Because not all of these are right for everyone, your doctor will explain which ones he recommends, based on your symptoms and your medical history.
Before scheduling surgery or other medical procedures, your doctor may encourage you to try less invasive treatments like losing weight, elevating the affected leg, and wearing compression stockings. For some patients, these tactics are enough to fade or eliminate the appearance of varicose veins.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lev at Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan, call (212) 204-6501 today. Dr. Lev is certified by the American Board of Phlebology and can provide a variety of treatments for varicose and spider veins.