Frequently Asked Questions
The Vein Institute is a vein clinic specialising in the surgery-free treatment of painful varicose veins.
Frequently Asked Questions
Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic concern – if untreated, varicose veins can lead to an increase risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and ulcers. If you are experiencing aching, throbbing, leg swelling or pigmentation, consider discussing these symptoms with a doctor.
Does treatment hurt for larger varicose veins?
The procedures are considered to be minimally invasive with most patients only experiencing mild discomfort. The doctors work closely with patients to minimise pain and discomfort by arranging medications or supplements to be taken prior to procedures to help reduce anxiety and produce a calming effect. For patients taking these medications or supplements, a carer or relative is required to transport you home.
Do I need these veins?
No, varicose veins are incompetent veins that are holding back blood instead of pumping it around the body for proper circulation. These veins could potentially pose a risk to your health. Removing them safely improves your blood circulation and allows for the blood to move through functional healthy veins that work properly.
Are the treatments safe?
All treatments carried out at The Vein Institute are performed by doctors specialising in the field. New treatments in general are considered safer than surgery yet there will always be the rare possibility of complications as with any medical procedure.
Shouldn’t I have Surgery for my Varicose Veins?
Modern varicose vein treatments have come a long way since vein stripping and other surgical procedures that required patients to be hospitalised and needing lengthy downtime and recovery. Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) and Foam Sclerotherapy injections are excellent alternative treatment options for most patients.
Can I be treated on the same day as my consultation?
Usually not, however exceptions will be made for particularly pressing circumstances if symptoms arise.
How long do the treatments take?
Most sessions last half an hour to 45 minutes. Laser treatment usually take one hour whilst sclerotherapy treatments last 30 minutes.
What do the injections contain?
The medicines are forms of strong soap which are registered in Australia as Aethoxysclerol and Sodium Tetradecyl Sulfate. Both medicines are effective with millions of patients being treated world wide. Salt solutions are NOT used at The Vein Institute. A full discussion regarding the medications will happen at your first consultation.
Are treatments covered by Medicare?
Treatments are partly covered by Medicare however a gap payment will usually be required. Tiny spider vessels treated for cosmetic purposes are not covered by Medicare. A small deposit is required for laser therapy one week before the procedure.
Do I need to take time off work?
The Vein Institute is a walk-in walk-out clinic, so patients rarely need to take time off of work.
How long do I need to wear compression stockings or bandages for?
We recommend that patients wear compression stockings or bandages for five days after treatment to assist the healing process.
Can I bring my children to the consultation?
We prefer that children not attend during consultation and treatment sessions owing to the medical nature of the procedures.
Is there parking available nearby or a transport?
We are located close to train stations in most of our locations or bus routes. Alternatively there is plenty of onstreet parking next to our clinics.
Will my veins come back after treatment?
We have a 98% success rate. In general, the veins that we treat are treated for good. On the off chance that the branch would reopen during your treatment plan with us, we would re-laser at no additional cost for you. However, if you have a genetic tendency to develop varicose veins, new ones may develop over time.
What is the cost of treatment?
As each person is different so is their recommended treatment plan, because of this we can't give an exact price without thoroughly assessing the leg veins at an initial consultation. At the initial consultation, you will meet with a doctor who will do a visual exam of both of your legs, discuss your areas of concerns and any symptoms that you are experiencing, and do a bedside ultrasound of the legs. The ultrasound will help the doctor understand how the veins are functioning and determine the best treatment plan for your case.
Can I travel throughout treatment?
Long-haul travel (more than five hours) is not recommended for a few weeks following treatments. It is important to discuss your travel plans with the doctor prior to your treatments.