Vein Management

Post Procedure Care Plan

Sclerotherapy Post-op

There is often no need for a recovery period for Post-Sclerotherapy.

Follow-up Ultrasound Scans are used to confirm closure of the Treated Veins, and any residual Varicose Veins can be identified and treated.

The Target Veins are compressed by bandage and a Surgical Stocking is placed over this bandage.

Following a treatment of either Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy or Microsclerotherapy, you will be advised to wear compression stockings for at least 2 weeks following the procedure and avoid strenuous activities for at least a week.

Ablation Therapy Post-op

Compression applied to the affected areas is needed to reduce tenderness and bruising. This is also needed to reduce the risk of Thromboembolism.

Phlebectomy Post-op

Small pressure bandage is applied over the incisions for 3-5 days.

Recurring Abnormal Veins

Generally, Varicose Veins are not likely to reappear if they respond to Sclerotherapy Treatment.

It is more important, however, to understand that the underlying weakness in the vein walls is not corrected by Sclerotherapy and therefore new vessels will be expected to appear with time.

It is important to maintain normal body weight, exercise regularly and avoid wearing high-heeled shoes to minimise the development of dilated veins.

An annual check-up is recommended to detect the development of new veins earlier which can then be treated more readily. Future Sclerotherapy treatments should be expected in almost all cases.

Patients do not require hospitalisation and recovery time is minimal. Patients are required to walk daily to promote blood flow and prevent Thrombosis and Pigmentation.

Future Appointments

Often required at 2-5 yearly intervals after successful treatment.

Your Other Doctors 

All other Doctors are supplied with full procedure reports.

Hospitals

Availability

Referrals

Do I need a Current Referral from a General Practitioner?

Yes. Medicare requests that patients seeing a specialist of any type need a referral in order to claim their full a Medicare benefit

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT YOUR CURRENT REFERRAL FROM YOUR GENERAL PRACTITIONER MAY NOT COVER YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR TREATMENT.

IN ORDER TO MINIMISE YOUR OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES, IT IS IMPORTANT TO PROVIDE A REFERRAL TO COVER YOUR ENTIRE TREATMENT PLAN.

Travel

How soon after treatment can I fly?

4 weeks.

On-call Arrangements

Because of the nature of the practice, there will be times when the doctors are unavailable.

Should this occur, a consultant of equal standing will be appointed to act as a locum.

Mobile phone numbers of doctors are provided.

Minor Problems

Minor problems may occur during the treatment process which may concern you.

If any excess swelling bleeding or pain occurs, we should be notified immediately and it will be usual to arrange an Ultrasound Scan to ensure that all is well.

Coughs and colds, which can occur, can usually be treated with symptomatic measures such as Panadol, Panamax, Aspirin, Durotuss cough mixture and Sinutab. These medications are quite safe and can be obtained without necessarily contacting your doctor. Headaches can similarly be treated with Panadol, up to six tablets per day.

We should be notified of any Vein Problems that may occur. We shall arrange the necessary treatment according to the symptoms.