Whether you were referred to a vein specialist by your primary care provider or you sought out vein care on your own, you may be wondering what to expect at your first appointment and how you can prepare.
Before your appointment, it is helpful to note important information and questions you might want to ask your doctor. Suggestions include:
- Write down all symptoms, including those that may not seem directly related to your vein issues.
- Write down any key personal information that might be relevant, including a family history of varicose veins or spider veins.
- Make a list of all your medications, supplements or vitamins you currently take.
- Write down any and all questions to ask your doctor.
Time with your doctor is limited, and having questions in mind ahead of time can help make the most of your time while you’re in the exam room. You may want to ask questions such as:
- What might be causing my symptoms?
- Will I need any tests?
- How are varicose veins treated, and what treatment do you recommend for me?
- Will my insurance cover the recommended treatment?
- How can I manage varicose veins along with any other medical conditions at home?
- Are there printed materials or websites you can recommend for me to get more information about my condition and treatment?
What You Can Expect From Your Doctor
Your doctor will also ask you several questions, and you should be ready to answer them—having answers at the ready may mean you’ll have more time to ask questions of your own. Questions your doctor may ask you can include:
- When did you first notice varicose or spider veins?
- Do you have pain? If so, how severe is it?
- What improves your symptoms, if anything?
- What worsens your symptoms, if anything?
There are a few things you can do for your own self-care in before your appointment. A few suggestions include:
- Try not to stand or sit in one position for a long time, as this limits blood flow in the legs.
- Elevate the legs when seated to increase circulation.
- Avoid uncomfortable footwear and tight socks or hosiery.
After your first appointment, your doctor will help you determine a treatment plan that will work best for you.
“Varicose veins (Preparing for your appointment).” The Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/varicose-veins/diagnosis-treatment/preparing-for-appointment/ptc-20178429
“Sclerotherapy (How you prepare).” The Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/sclerotherapy/details/how-you-prepare/ppc-20167818