Venous Insufficiency– Unilateral


Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a common condition that affects the veins in the legs. It occurs when the one-way valves in the veins become weakened or damaged, disrupting the efficient flow of blood back to the heart. Several factors can contribute to the development of CVI, including age, family history, obesity, pregnancy, and prolonged periods of sitting or standing. Other risk factors for venous insufficiency include a history of blood clots, injury to the legs, smoking, and lack of exercise. If you are experiencing any symptoms of venous insufficiency, it is important to talk to your doctor to determine the underlying cause and develop a treatment plan. Proper diagnosis and treatment are crucial for the effective management of CVI. Our ultrasound clinic in London offers venous insufficiency ultrasound scans to help diagnose and monitor this condition.

The symptoms of CVI can vary widely from person to person but commonly include swelling in the lower legs and ankles, leg pain, varicose veins, changes in skin texture or color, and skin ulcers or open sores. If left untreated, CVI can lead to more severe complications, including deep vein thrombosis, severe skin damage, and venous ulcers.

The best non-invasive test to diagnose venous insufficiency is a Doppler (duplex) ultrasound scan. This test uses sound waves to create images of your veins and measure blood flow. During the scan, a vascular scientist applies gel to your skin and uses a handheld device (probe) to take images of your veins. The scan is painless and usually takes around 30 to 40 minutes to complete.

The venous insufficiency scan includes an evaluation of the blood flow in your veins, including any areas of reflux or blockages. It can also measure the diameter of your veins and assess the function of your valves. This information can help your doctor determine the severity of your condition and develop a treatment plan.

You may need to have a venous insufficiency Doppler ultrasound scan if you have symptoms such as swelling, pain, or skin changes in your legs. It can also be used to monitor the disease's progression and the treatment's effectiveness.

There is no special preparation required for a venous insufficiency ultrasound scan. You can eat and drink as normal and take any medication you have been prescribed. After the scan, you can resume your normal activities.

If you are experiencing symptoms of venous insufficiency and your ultrasound scan confirms that you have venous insufficiency, it is important to talk to your GP and ask your GP to refer you to a venous insufficiency clinic or vascular surgeon. They can recommend the best course of treatment for you, which may include lifestyle changes, compression stockings, or in more severe cases, surgery.

Venous insufficiency ultrasound scan is a non-invasive and low-risk procedure. There are no known significant risks associated with the procedure. The ultrasound technology used in the scan does not involve radiation exposure, so there is no risk of radiation exposure or side effects. Some patients may experience minor discomfort or sensitivity during the scan due to the pressure applied by the ultrasound probe, but this discomfort is typically mild and temporary. Overall, the venous insufficiency ultrasound scan is considered a safe and reliable diagnostic tool for evaluating venous insufficiency in the legs.