Vein Clinic Assessment
At The Vein Clinic, your first visit with us is a consultation with our physician and vein care team. During the consultation, we will review your past medical history, review your current medications, discuss any symptoms, review your goals, and examine your legs.
You will find the consultations quite informative and you will have time to ask any questions that you might have about suggested treatments or about varicose veins and their management.
Please bring a pair of shorts or perhaps a skort so that we can properly assess your leg veins. In the event that you don’t own shorts, we usually have some shorts available.
After examining your legs, we may identify the need to do a vein mapping ultrasound to further assess your vein disease.
Following our vein clinic assessment, we will discuss treatment options with you and together we will determine the best treatment for your vein issues.
We see our care of your veins as a long term relationship. We aim to get your legs feeling and looking better so that you can enjoy your legs and life to the fullest. Vein treatments are not a cure. If you have vein problems today, even with our excellent care and management of your veins, you may develop new vein issues or recurrence in previously treated veins. If that happens, we are here for you as your partner in managing your veins.
We are strongly committed to preventing varicose veins. For that reason, we will have our staff who are all trained as Certified Fitters for compression stockings, measure your legs during your visit and review any options you might have for post-care compression therapy and for preventative compression therapy. Compression stockings are normally covered through most insurance plans. Our doctor will provide you with a prescription for the proper size and compression of stockings so that you may get your insurance coverage.
At the end of your appointment, we will likely book your vein mapping ultrasound (if required), plan for your first treatment date, and we can order any stockings required. We do not usually book your vein mapping ultrasound on the same day as the consultation but if you are from out of town, talk to our staff to see if we can do these on the same day.
Consultations are free. You can ask your family doctor or nurse practitioner to refer you to Dr Pinette at The Vein Clinic or you can make your own appointment without a referral. We can send a consultation report to your practitioner if you wish.
Vein mapping ultrasound. Most commonly we might suggest a vein mapping exam. This is an ultrasound assessment where we map out any problematic areas including areas of reflux, damaged valves, perforating vessels and exclude any complications. This exam is usually done standing up and a colour Doppler ultrasound is used as we evaluate the flow within the veins. We will use this assessment to guide our treatment plan. This exam is not covered by Manitoba Health. We charge a one-time fee of $100 (plus taxes) for this exam.