What to expect during your consultation

The success and safety of your procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the procedure, your expectations and desired outcome
  • Any problems you may have had in the area to be treated, such as pain or previous injuries
  • Any surgical procedures that have been performed near the area to be treated, including any previous vein treatments
  • Medical conditions, family history, drug allergies, and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs

Your surgeon may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine your veins in detail
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of spider vein treatment and any risks or potential complications

If leg veins are the problem, your surgeon may examine you for signs of more serious “deep vein” problems, as well as for larger, varicose veins. These conditions are often identified by swelling, sores, or skin changes at the ankle. A hand-held ultrasound device is sometimes used to detect any backflow within the venous system. If problems are identified, your surgeon may refer you to a different specialist for further evaluation and possible treatment.