Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions. Here you will find the answers to our most commonly asked questions around the treatment process.
The treatment for your varicose veins is a day procedure, performed in our clinic. Usually, you are able to resume your daily activities shortly after treatment, including getting back to work the next day.
You will be able to resume walking immediately after your procedure. More strenuous exercise such as running or working out at the gym can be reintroduced as soon as you feel up to it.
Wearing compression stockings prevents reopening of the treated veins and ensures long-term success of the treatment. You need to wear the stockings for 10 days after the procedure to get the best result.
The treatment is performed with local anaesthetic, and most patients report little, if any discomfort during the procedure. Light sedation can be used to help reduce anxiety during the treatment.
It is best to arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure. You will not be able to drive after having sedation.
Varicose vein disease is a progressive disease that, if left untreated, will only get worse. In severe cases, varicose veins can cause skin damage, ulcerations and blood clots. When making a decision about your varicose veins, keep in mind that the sooner you get your veins treated, the easier they are to treat and control.
Depending on whether you have one or both legs treated, the procedure can take between 30mins to 1½ hours.
No. Unlike surgery to strip the vein, there is no need to make any cuts or incisions with endovenous treatment or sclerotherapy, meaning there is no scarring. There is some bruising expected, but this should fade after a few weeks.
There is a multitude of international studies showing that endovenous treatment is effective and gives better results compared with surgical stripping. Once the vein has been successfully treated, the risk of the vein reopening is ~1%. Endovenous treatment is also associated with less risk of recurrence compared to surgery.
Contrary to popular belief abnormal veins cause a worsening of the circulation in the legs. Whilst certain veins are required for healthy blood flow in the legs, abnormal veins do not function properly and usually have not been used by the body as part of normal blood circulation. In fact these unhealthy veins contain poorly oxygenated blood and free radicals that can cause tissue damage. When these damaged veins are left within your legs the deeper veins attempt to compensate for this lack of function, placing greater strain on the venous system and in some cases causing them to become abnormal. Once these unhealthy veins have been treated circulation usually improves within the affected limb.
It varies depending on your treatment but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how affordable it is compared with other procedures in the market. We are vascular surgeons who pride ourselves on making our services more accessible. We’ll give you a quote after your consultation.
SVH is an affiliated provider to Southern Cross for varicose vein treatment. Medical necessity criteria apply. Varicose vein treatments are generally covered by other medical insurers such as Sovereign, for NIB (formerly Tower), Unimed and others when meeting ‘medical necessity criteria’.