When we need to see exactly what is going on within your veins, we take what is called a venogram. This minor procedure involves injecting a harmless dye into your veins and taking an x-ray. This allows us to see your veins more clearly and identify any blockages or damage. If we find a blocked or damaged vein, we will likely discuss angioplasty and stenting.
Angioplasty is basically a surgical correction or unblocking of an artery or vein. We can repair the vein using what is called a stent, which is basically a tube we insert to restore normal blood flow to the area. Angioplasty and stenting are often performed when the traditional treatment of compression results in leg swelling or after ablation therapy.