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Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Are all sclerotherapy treatments the same?

No, there are many different approaches to sclerotherapy treatments.

2. Why should I choose Vein Care SA?

For a professional, medical approach by a team that care about results.

Vein Care SA will always thoroughly investigate the cause and extent of your vascular disease before recommending any treatment. This involves a consultation, assessment and an independent, certified ultrasound examination for every patient. A personally tailored treatment plan will be devised specifically for you, considering your medical history, the type and extent of your vascular disease and your own personal expectations for the treatment. Follow up appointments are also built into the treatment plan to ensure the treatment has been effective and that you are happy with the results.

This approach ensures the cause of the problem is treated, drastically reducing the need for subsequent treatments and avoiding the recurrence of veins in the short term.

3. How much does treatment cost?

Your initial consultation, assessment and ultrasound examination will incur no out-of-pocket expenses.

If you choose to proceed with treatment, a portion will be covered by Medicare and most private health funds will provide further rebates, depending on the type of treatment needed. All costs will be discussed prior to commencing treatment.

Vein Care SA believe the safe, effective treatment of medically diagnosed varicose veins should be available to everyone. Please let reception staff know if you have a concession card.

 

4. Are my veins too big for sclerotherapy treatment?

No. No veins are too big or too small for sclerotherapy treatment. In many cases, sclerotherapy is the most effective form of treatment for larger, bulging varicose veins.

 

5. I am not in pain, should I still have my veins treated?

Pain is only one symptom of abnormal veins. Your doctor at Vein Care SA will do a full assessment of your veins and discuss any associated medical conditions with you. Once the level of disease has been assessed and all the risks and benefits have been considered, a treatment plan and/or management strategy will be recommended.

 

6. Can I have my veins treated for cosmetic reasons only?

Yes. Cosmetic treatment of unsightly veins improves confidence for many patients.

Early treatment also stops the veins from worsening over time, which can eventually lead to the development of secondary medical conditions and complications.

 

7. Will my vein treatment be covered by Medicare if cosmetic?

Depending on your ultrasound assessment results, Medicare rebates will apply for some cosmetic treatments.

 

8. Will the treatment be painful?

Some patients experience mild discomfort during the procedure. This can include a feeling of heaviness, aching and/or a burning sensation in the legs. Panadol and/or Ibuprofen can be taken following the procedure if discomfort continues. This is generally only needed by a small amount of patients for the first day or two following treatment.

 

9. How many treatments will I need?

Approximately 95 percent of patients will only require a single treatment. A small number of patients will require additional treatment, but usually only to a very small segment of the original vein.

 

10. Is surgery more effective than sclerotherapy?

No. Different types of veins respond better to different types of treatment. There are three main types of treatment for large varicose veins: Surgical stripping, Endovenous Laser Therapy and Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy treatment. Long term recurrence rates for all three options are comparable.

Your doctor will discuss which treatment or combination of treatments is most suitable for you once an assessment has been made.

 

11. Will my veins come back after treatment?

There is no permanent cure for varicose veins.

At Vein Care SA we work hard to achieve the best possible results for the longest possible time. This is achieved through comprehensive pre-treatment assessments, thorough ultrasound examinations of every patient, personalised treatment plans and strict follow up protocols to make sure the treatment has worked.

Patients with large varicose veins will sometimes find they need follow up treatment in 5-10 years time.

 

12. I have had vein surgery previously, can I now have sclerotherapy treatment?

Yes. Often sclerotherapy treatment is the best option for patients that have had previous vein surgery.

 

13. Can I have treatment while I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

No. Please wait and book your initial assessment once you have ceased breastfeeding for three months. Hormonal and other changes in the body will effect your veins and we prefer to conduct assessments when you are back to ‘normal’.

There is insufficient data available to show safety and efficacy of treatment during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

 

14. Should I wait until after my final pregnancy to have my veins treated?

This is a very personal question and the answer is different for every patient. We recommend booking an initial consultation with the treating doctor to discuss your individual situation.

 

15. Are men treated for varicose veins?

Yes. We treat many men with varying degrees of vascular disease.

 

16. At what age should I treat my varicose veins?

Varicose veins can occur in anyone from as young as teenagers. They do not discriminate based on age, neither do we. At Vein Care SA we believe everybody deserves healthy, pain free, varicose vein free legs.