Venous reflux, also known as chronic venous insufficiency, is a condition where blood flow in the leg veins is impaired, causing blood to pool in the lower extremities. This occurs when the one-way valves within the veins become damaged or weakened, preventing blood from flowing efficiently back to the heart.
There are several factors that can contribute to the development of venous reflux, including:
Venous reflux may present with a variety of symptoms, including:
If left untreated, venous reflux can lead to more severe complications, such as deep vein thrombosis, severe skin damage, and venous ulcers. It is important to seek a proper diagnosis and treatment plan to manage this condition effectively.
Individuals with certain risk factors or experiencing symptoms related to venous reflux should consider undergoing a venous reflux study. These risk factors and indications may include:
Early diagnosis and treatment of venous reflux can help prevent the development of more serious complications and improve overall quality of life. Timely intervention can alleviate symptoms, reduce the risk of blood clots, and promote better vascular health.
Before the study, you may be asked to avoid applying lotions or creams to your legs and wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Your sonographer will provide you with any additional instructions necessary to prepare for your examination.
During the venous reflux study, a sonographer will use an ultrasound machine to assess the blood flow and function of the valves in your leg veins. You will be asked to lie down or stand during the examination, depending on the specific areas being assessed. The sonographer will apply a water-based gel to your skin and use a small probe called a transducer to obtain images of your veins.
The sonographer will evaluate the direction and speed of blood flow within your veins, as well as the functionality of the one-way valves. By observing these factors, the sonographer can identify any abnormalities or signs of venous reflux.
The venous reflux study typically takes about 5–10 minutes to complete. After the examination, your sonographer will review the results with you and discuss any findings. If necessary, they may recommend further consultation with a vascular specialist or other healthcare professional to discuss treatment options.
Once the venous reflux study is completed, our sonographers will carefully analyse the ultrasound images and provide a detailed report on their findings. They will explain the results to you and answer any questions you may have about your diagnosis.
Depending on the severity of your venous reflux, there are various treatment options available, ranging from lifestyle modifications and compression therapy to minimally invasive procedures or surgery. Our sonographers will help guide you through these options and, if necessary, refer you to a vascular specialist or other healthcare professional for further evaluation and treatment.
At Sonoworld, we understand the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare. Our team works closely with other specialists, such as vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, and general practitioners, to ensure you receive comprehensive and coordinated care for your venous reflux.
To book your venous reflux study at our Harley Street clinic, please contact us or use our online booking system. We offer flexible appointment times to accommodate your schedule, and our staff is always available to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.