Venous insufficiency testing is a specialized venous ultrasound of the lower extremity veins in patients who present with signs of venous insufficiency such as varicose veins, skin discoloration, swelling, and painful or aching legs. Valves are present in the veins which help the blood flow empty out of the legs and back towards the heart. If the valves do not work properly, venous blood flow “leaks” back down into the legs causing pain, swelling, varicose veins, and in more severe cases, skin breakdown and ulceration.
In addition to making sure the veins are clear of blood clots, venous insufficiency testing identifies veins in which blood flow is “leaking” down into the legs, which is called venous reflux. This test helps our providers determine the ideal treatment plan for patients who would benefit from our in-office procedures that relieve symptoms of venous insufficiency/reflux.