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How can I tell if I have inner varicose veins in my legs?

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Dr. Gary Cunningham
Phlebology
9 doctors agree

In brief: Ultrasound

Significant failures of veins inside legs usually have some kind of evidence on the surface, such as visible varicose veins, skin changes, swelling, etc.
And symptoms such as aching, throbbing when standing or sitting for a long period. An experienced phlebologist can usually determine this by history and exam. If necessary, an ultrasound can be performed to examine the inside veins.

In brief: Ultrasound

Significant failures of veins inside legs usually have some kind of evidence on the surface, such as visible varicose veins, skin changes, swelling, etc.
And symptoms such as aching, throbbing when standing or sitting for a long period. An experienced phlebologist can usually determine this by history and exam. If necessary, an ultrasound can be performed to examine the inside veins.
Dr. Gary Cunningham
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Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Yes, the specialized ultrasound of the legs, with much of the exam done while you are standing, will provide the vein specialist a vein mapping for your treatment of the " superficial vein system" under your skin as you asked. After those veins are treated, then the visual veins can be treated.
Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
2 doctors agree

In brief: Ultrasound

Venous insufficiency ultrasound will look for superficial and deep venous reflux.

In brief: Ultrasound

Venous insufficiency ultrasound will look for superficial and deep venous reflux.
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Probably can't tell

You probably aren't going to be able to tell by looking.
Even with a trained eye, specialists often can't tell. As the others have mentioned, the only way to know for sure is with ultrasound.

In brief: Probably can't tell

You probably aren't going to be able to tell by looking.
Even with a trained eye, specialists often can't tell. As the others have mentioned, the only way to know for sure is with ultrasound.
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: You could

You could have varicose veins beneath the skin that are not visible on the surface.
If you have pain you should a vascular surgeon.

In brief: You could

You could have varicose veins beneath the skin that are not visible on the surface.
If you have pain you should a vascular surgeon.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology

In brief: Thigh Varicose Veins

Varicose veins of the thigh are very common and usually would appear as bulging, grape-like veins in the upper inner thigh.
If you have any concerns about having varicose veins then you should see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation including a venous ultrasound.

In brief: Thigh Varicose Veins

Varicose veins of the thigh are very common and usually would appear as bulging, grape-like veins in the upper inner thigh.
If you have any concerns about having varicose veins then you should see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation including a venous ultrasound.
Dr. John Landi
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