Milford Vascular Institute uses venograms to diagnose vascular disease of the veins, like non-thrombotic iliac vein lesions (NIVL).
What is a venogram?
A Venogram is a procedure in which an x-ray of the veins is taken after a special dye is injected into the veins.
Why do I need a venogram?
A venogram is commonly used to assess the status of a vein or system of veins, find blood clots within the veins, assess varicose veins before surgery, find a vein in good condition to use for a bypass procedure or dialysis access, help a physician place an IV or a medical device, such as a stent, in a vein, or guide treatment of diseased veins.
What can I expect when having a venogram?
Venograms are outpatient procedures, meaning they do not require an overnight stay in the hospital. When you come in for the procedure, you will be greeted by one of our friendly nurses. She will help you dress and prepare you for the procedure. Then, the CRNA will come in and meet with you to go over the medications you will be receiving and their side effects. Finally, the doctor will come in and discuss the procedure with you one last time. You will then be brought into the operating room. Our medical assistant will begin to prepare you for the procedure and simultaneously, our CRNA will begin to administer the anesthesia. Venograms are performed under twilight sedation. You should expect to have amnesia after the procedure; you will have no memory of it even happening. After the procedure, we will move you to a recovery room. You will stay in the recovery room for at least 2 hours to allow for the anesthesia to fully wear off. Once our nurse has determined you are fully recovered, you will be able to walk out of the building with minimal limitations.
What to expect after a venogram?
You may experience some soreness after the procedure. If the provider had to place a stent, you may experience some tingling. Women should expect to experience extreme cramping, similar to your worst period cramps. The cramping is a sensation caused by the return of blood flow to your tissues. The sensation should not last more than a few days, but could linger for up to a week. If you experience any bleeding at the insertion site, tingling or swelling call the office immediately.
Things to watch for after a venogram:
If you develop a fever of 100.4°F or higher, chills, pain, redness, or swelling at the site of the incision, bleeding or other drainage from the incision site, call the office immediately.