Diagnosis of Vein Disease
Free Vein Screening/Initial Consult
Because each patient’s symptoms and condition are unique, we offer an initial complimentary* vein screening, or initial consult, where we will review:
- Medical history
- Visual examination of your legs
- Recommendation for Duplex Ultrasound* (if needed)
- Treatment options
If Dr. Schwartz determines your condition is symptomatic of underlying vein disease, he will recommend a Duplex Ultrasound be performed right in the convenience of his Leawood vein practice, which is billed to your insurance.
Please note that Venous Duplex Ultrasound Testing is considered a separate diagnostic test, and if it’s required, will be billed to your insurance.
Venous Duplex Ultrasound
Venous Duplex Ultrasound is the test of choice to evaluate underlying venous issues. This non-invasive test is performed in the comfort and convenience of our Leawood vein center, and provides Dr. Schwartz with the ability to evaluate the structures below the skin’s surface. A board-certified vascular and general surgeon, Dr. Schwartz is also a board certified RVT (Registered Vascular Technologist) and RPVI (Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation), possessing the additional skills and knowledge to both perform and evaluate the results of your ultrasound.
With the patient standing upright, while wearing shorts, Dr. Schwartz moves the ultrasound probe up and down over the skin, examining both the deep and superficial veins. Images are taken to map out the anatomy of the venous system, evaluate the blood flow and rule out blood clots before a treatment protocol is recommended. The ultrasound images are created by sound waves, and no radiation or discomfort is involved in this exam. Once the anatomy has been evaluated, he then checks the function of the veins by squeezing the legs to force the blood forward through the veins to see if the venous valves properly close. When the valves are properly working, the blood flows upwards in a normal fashion after the squeeze is released. When the valves are incompetent, the blood flows backwards down towards the feet, refilling the veins and pooling in the legs. This condition is known as venous reflux.
* Please note that the Venous Duplex Ultrasound test is considered a separate diagnostic test apart from your free vein screening and, if required, will be billed to your insurance.