What Happens at Your First Vascular Appointment?
It is important to understand what will happen and how the Plano board-certified vein and vascular specialist can help as you prepare for your first vascular appointment. This blog post provides an overview of what happens at a first visit to prepare for your upcoming appointment!
1. What is a vascular appointment, and what happens at one?
Your vascular appointment is the first step in diagnosing and treating any issues with your veins and blood vessels. At a first visit, the vein specialist will identify why you are having symptoms such as pain or swelling.
The physician may perform an ultrasound (or other tests) to help diagnose what is going on. Treatment options are then discussed to help with your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
2. What are the different types of vascular appointments?
The types of vascular appointments vary based on your symptoms and what tests the doctor needs to perform. For example, if you are experiencing leg pain or swelling, a duplex ultrasound will be performed using an injection that contains contrast dye. The vein specialist will then use this test to diagnose any blockage in the veins due to deep vein thrombosis.
The vascular specialist may also perform a venous ultrasound to help diagnose what is going on with your veins.
What happens at the appointment will depend on how your GP referred you and why they think you need treatment for an issue in your vein or blood vessels.
3. What Happens During a Vascular Consultation?
When you come in for your vascular appointment, the doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. They may perform a venous ultrasound or duplex ultrasound to diagnose what is going on with your veins. If needed, they will also discuss treatment options such as sclerotherapy or varicose vein surgery.
The vascular specialist will talk with you about what is happening and how they can help. They may also need to refer you for more advanced testing or treatment by another specialist, depending on the findings from your ultrasound test.
4. Who should get a vascular appointment?
Anyone with leg pain or swelling should see a vein specialist for an ultrasound. The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, perform the tests, and discuss treatment options to help you feel better.
You may need to come in as soon as possible if:
- You have been diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- You have been diagnosed with blood clots in your veins
- You are experiencing leg or calf pain, swelling, or aching
If you need treatment for symptoms such as needle phobia, the doctor may be able to refer you to a vascular surgeon who can perform the procedure.
5. What to bring with you on your first visit.
You’ll want to bring your referral letter with you. A referral letter is the piece of paper from your GP that tells the vein specialist why they think you need treatment for an issue in your veins or blood vessels.
It’s also good to bring any symptoms information like pain levels and copies of tests or medical reports. That way, the specialist can have everything in one place to discuss.
The doctor will also want you to wear loose clothing and remove any jewelry or metal from your body before the appointment. There may be a need for an injection, so please let the specialist know about allergies beforehand!