What do the residents of Winston-Salem need to know about venous reflux exams?
The first thing to know is that these exams are quick and easy – they can be completed in about an hour. Even more important, however, is the information they can provide about the health of your venous system. If you are over age 50, have a family history of venous disease, or are overweight or obese, you are at increased risk of vein disease. And if you already have varicose veins, you probably have venous reflux, or vein disease. A venous reflux exam will not only reveal your risk of vein disease or its extent, it can also reveal critical risk factors such as deep vein thrombosis or blood clots – and this information could prevent an embolism and save your life.
What’s involved in a venous reflux exam?
A venous reflux exam starts with a medical history, in which we’ll ask you questions about your own and your family’s history related to vein disease and general health. Then we’ll conduct a visual examination of your legs, and perhaps also a painless ultrasound exam, which lets us “see” beneath the surface of the skin to the deeper veins below. Your NC vein doctor, Dr. Ray Workman, will also ask you about your health and aesthetics goals: what symptoms are you feeling? How do you feel about the look of your legs? How can we help you to both look and feel better? Finally, we’ll get to know you and your schedule and work life a bit better, so we can choose the most appropriate treatment options.
Once the exam is finished, we’ll be able to work with you to come up with a treatment plan that meets your health and aesthetics objectives, and that fits with your busy schedule. All of our procedures are outpatient, meaning they are performed at our Winston-Salem vein clinic, and you’ll be up and on your way in just a couple of hours.