Development in the medical sect of surgical procedures can help doctors and humans measure the vein and test it for any further surgeries. Vein mapping can be used to check and diagnose the condition and size of the vein. It is done through an ultrasound, which checks how large your veins are. You can think of ultrasound to be a non-invasive and safe procedure using the waves of sound. The procedure used some other equipment like a probe, which is small in size, and a gel for better results. This detects the veins in your various body parts like arms or legs. It is a non-invasive procedure because it doesn’t use any radiation, neither needles nor dyes. You may think, what is ultrasound vein mapping? And when do you need this?
Need for a vein mapping
Your doctor may suggest you have a vein mapping if you will have a lower extremity arterial bypass surgery. So, using a long vein as a bypass graft can provide the patient with long-term and effective results. The vein used for the surgery must be healthy, and for the same, the doctor may prescribe you for an ultrasound vein mapping. It is impossible to use someone else’s vein because it can increase the chances of clotting if the grafts and infections.
About the procedure
There are various purposes for which a person’s vein is being used, and one of such is for the bypass. The vein mapping examination is done to check the vein and whether it can be used for bypass surgeries like open-heart surgery, dialysis (formation of fistula), and bypass grafts. Mainly you may think that in which situation is there a need for vein mapping? The procedure roughly consumes 30-90 minutes. The surgeon will take an ultrasound of the part from where your vein will be used. The patient is expected to wear clothes that can be easily removed. The doctor will view the complete map of your arm, wrist, or legs to measure the depth, length, and blood flow in the veins.
There are no such risks detected with the persons undergoing the ultrasound vein mapping. It is necessary to go for this surgery because if an unhealthy vein is left undetected, it can cause problems in your heart and other surgeries in which it is to be used as a graft.