Patients with an aching, throbbing, leg swelling or pigmentation are generally advised to see a vein specialist for assessment and possible treatment. There are some instances that treatment is not recommended including severe venous disease affecting the deep venous system.
The procedures involves a level of pain considered to be mild by most patients. Patients who are highly anxious can request medication (usually low dose valium) or a nerve block to numb the leg. For patients requesting these treatments a carer or relative is required to transport you home.
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.
Endovenous Laser therapy, Radiofrequency Ablation and Foam Sclerotherapy are excellent alternative treatment options for most patients. There is a move in Australia towards non hospital treatment of varicose veins but individual treatment options will vary which will be discussed at your initial consultation.
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.
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.