What type of non-surgical treatment options are available?
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy – This treatment is non-surgical, no scarring and virtually no downtime. A specialised medication is injected into the diseased veins to collapse the vein and allow the body to absorb the sealed vein. The appearance usually improves over a few weeks and continues to improve for about three months.
Endovenous Therapy – Also known as endovenous laser ablation or radiofrequency ablation, these treatments are performed comfortably in our clinic with local anaesthetic. The treatment is a minimally invasive method of treatment for larger varicose veins and is considered the gold standard treatment requiring no hospitalisation or general anaesthetic.
Venaseal “Medical Super Glue”-Venaseal is a modern, non-surgical treatment that uses a medical adhesive to treat varicose veins. As the medical superglue sets within minutes, there is a faster healing process than is sometimes associated with other treatments.
Compression Therapy – Patients who have small varicose veins may relief from their symptoms by wearing compression stockings.
Do you treat spider veins?
The Vein Institute is a medical practice. If the spider veins are the result of an underlying varicose vein, then we would set up a treatment plan to treat the varicose veins and superficial, surface veins.
If the spider veins are a cosmetic concern only, we will provide a referral to a cosmetic physician.
What about traditional remedies or vitamins?
Supplements on their own will not get rid of, or cure your varicose veins. To actually eliminate varicose veins, doctors today offer a number of highly effective, minimally invasive procedures that require virtually no recovery time.
Do I need to prepare for the procedure?
No preparation is required. If your procedure is scheduled for the morning, be sure to eat breakfast and take any normal medications. You should, however, wear loose-fitting pants or sweats because your legs will be wrapped with elastic bandages after the procedure.
How long will the laser procedure take?
The procedure takes about an hour, after which you can return home or work.
Will the laser procedure be painful?
Most patients experience mild discomfort while the local anaesthetic is administered. Patients who are highly anxious should discuss their concerns with their doctor. The doctor may arrange a medication or supplement to be taken prior to the procedure to reduce anxiety and produce a calming effect. For patients taking this medication, a carer or relative is required to transport you home.
Following the procedure, you will be required to wear compression stockings or bandages on the treated legs to ensure the vein remains sealed and to assist the healing process. You may experience some numbness in the leg area until the local anaesthetic wears off.
What is the recovery plan?
- Minimal to no downtime or time away from work.
- You can drive after the procedure, if you haven’t taken any medications to reduce anxiety.
- No long-distance travel greater than 5 hours is recommended.
- We recommend that all patients wear compression stockings or bandages for a minimum of five days after treatment to assist the healing process.
- If there is any discomfort following the treatment the doctor may recommend pain reliever medications.
Do I need to follow up after treatment?
All patients must have a review scan within four weeks of the laser procedure to ensure that the laser treatment was successful in sealing the diseased veins. Following the laser treatment, a few sessions of sclerotherapy injections may be required to treat the more superficial veins.
Can I continue to train at the gym?
We recommend that for the first 10 days following treatment you avoid rigorous activities such as aerobics, jogging, or long periods of sitting and standing. Mild to moderate exercise such as golf or an easy stationary bike ride is permitted. You can carry on with your normal work or home duties provided they are not strenuous.
Will I have to take time off work or will it affect my duties?
Rarely do patients need to take time off work. You can drive after the procedure, if you haven’t taken any medications to reduce anxiety.
What about flying?
Long distance travel (greater than 5 hours) is not recommended for four weeks following treatment. If air travel or long-distance travel is required shortly after treatment, it is important to discuss that with your doctor to pre-cautions can be arranged. No long-distance travel greater than 5 hours is recommended for 4 weeks. If this is necessary you are required to have an injection of Clexane. Domestic travel is okay usually but please ask your doctor.
Is it best to do it in winter or summer?
This is a personal choice. Some patients like to schedule their treatment prior to an event. Though healing varies between patients, we recommend commencing treatment six months prior to any event for optimal results. The compression stockings are light weight and easily worn in summer or winter. We recommend you wear the stockings for 5 days after treatment.
Will my private health cover the treatment?
This procedure is not covered by private health cover. You may be able to claim for general consumables depending on your health insurance policy and level of cover. As each person and treatment plan is different, we can’t give an exact price prior to an initial consultation. At the initial consultation, the doctor will perform a visual examination of both of your legs, discuss your symptoms and concerns, and perform an ultrasound on both legs. Then, the doctor will design a treatment plan suited to treat your venous disease and address your concerns. Pricing and scheduling will be discussed with one of our Patient Liaison Managers following the initial consultation.