Vein Screening

What to Expect

Vein screening in Los Angeles, California
If you have varicose veins or suspect that you have vein disease, vein screening is the first step on the path to getting your legs back. Vein screening consists of a thorough medical history, a physical exam and, if needed, an ultrasound exam to determine whether or not you have venous insufficiency.

We break down each step in the diagnosis of vein disease so you know what to expect when you come see us at ProVascularMD. Contact us today to schedule your first visit.

Vein Specialist Dr. Michael Lalezarian in Los Angeles, California

Vein Specialist

Dr. Michael Lalezarian

Vein problems? We can help you get your legs back.

Dr. Michael Lalezarian is a double-board certified Vascular Interventional Radiologist specializing in minimally invasive vein treatments. He is a committed partner in the battle against the devastating consequences of venous insufficiency.

5-Star Varithena treatment in Los Angeles

“I was referred to Dr. Lalezarian from my orthopedic surgeon for varicose vein treatment options. From the second I walked into the office, I was at ease and felt very welcomed from Kimberly and the staff. Upon meeting the doctor, he was so kind and fully explained my options after the initial ultrasound on both legs. I decided to go with the sclerotherapy and am so happy that I did. The procedures were quick and virtually painless but the results are life changing for me. The pain suffered for so many years and countless sleepless nights are a thing of the past.”

Vickie W, March 2022

Medical History

Your visit to ProVascularMD will begin with a brief review of your medical history. Before your visit, we recommend reviewing the vein symptom list below and making note of what symptoms you’ve experienced.

  • Leg pain
  • Leg cramps, especially at night
  • Itching or burning
  • Throbbing or aching
  • Restless legs
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Leg fatigue or heaviness
  • Claudication (cramping pain after walking or exercising)
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Vein specialist examining a patient's foot during vein screening

Physical Exam

A quick physical exam will follow your medical history. Your vein specialist will inspect your legs for overt signs of venous insufficiency. Spider veins, reticular veins, and especially varicose veins are cause for concern. Your doctor will also look for swelling, skin color changes, and other telling signs of venous insufficiency.

Leg Ultrasound

If your symptoms are consistent with varicose veins or other manifestations of venous insufficiency, we will use ultrasound imaging to examine the veins in your leg. In the hands of an experienced Sonographer, ultrasound is used to visualize and measure blood flow. The main things we’re looking for at this step are reflux (backwards flow) or blockages. A comprehensive exam can take up to 60 minutes, and enables our vein specialists to determine the severity, location, and extent of vein disease.

If you have vein disease, typically an ultrasound exam is sufficient on its own for your vein specialist to understand the cause of your symptoms and to plan your treatment. However, more advanced imaging may be required if our vein specialists suspect that you have deep vein obstruction. If needed, more advanced imaging will typically require a follow-up visit.

Vein screening ultrasound exam

Consultation

After your leg ultrasound, a vein specialist at ProVascularMD will determine your diagnosis and share their findings with you. From there, they will discuss your treatment options with you and schedule treatment as needed.
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