What will my treatment cost?
This depends on whether varicose or spider veins need to be treated. Costing starts at $450. In some cases you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate of approx $90. Our Practice Manager, Kerryn, may be able to help you with costing, but this will be covered, in depth, at your appointment with the Doctor.
What type of veins do I have?
Spider veins are fine, pink, thread like veins. They are often seen in association with larger blue or ‘reticular’ veins.
Reticular veins are usually several mms in diameter and may bulge very slightly on standing. Varicose veins tend to bulge out from the skin, more so when standing. These are more likely if there is a family history of varicose veins or there has been previous vein surgery.
The photographs on this website may help you with identification.
What can I do afterwards?
Normal home and work duties can be resumed straight away. For UGS patients, heavy lifting and rigorous gym workouts, running, etc., should be avoided for the first 2 weeks whilst the stocking is on. Longer airplane flights are also discouraged in this 2 week period.
Are there any medical conditions that affect treatment?
Very few. Treatment is not suitable for pregnant women. If you are breast feeding you will need to discuss this with the Doctor.
Any previous history of blood clots in the legs or lungs (for which blood thinning injections would have been required) needs to be mentioned on booking and with the Doctor.
How much discomfort will I have?
It is common to expect some stinging or aching at the time of injection this may last a couple of minutes. The needle itself causes little pain as it is very fine. The vast majority of people complain of mild discomfort only with both procedures.
Varicose veins treated with UGS may sometimes ache following treatment. This is usually relived by walking. Mild analgesics such as Paracetamol, Naprosyn, or Nurofen may be taken if this is problematic
What will my veins look like after treatment?
Varicose veins tend to be smaller and bulge less after treatment, but they will be brown and lumpy in appearance and may be tender. This is totally normal and indicates that healing is taking place. This will improve and disappear over time. This may also be true of larger reticular veins
My treated vein has become tender and red. What is this?
Phlebitis is a condition that can occur in any treated varicose or large reticular veins. It is an inflammation of the vein wall (not an infection) that may present some time after treatment.
The management of phlebitis is to try reapplying the compression stocking and also to take several days of anti-inflammatory medication (provided that you do not have any problems with this medication). Advil, Naprosyn, and Nurofen are available over the counter. Contact our Practice Manager or Doctor if you have any concerns about this condition.
My stocking is uncomfortable, what do I do?
Class 2 compression stockings are usually not very comfortable, but a vital part of your treatment. Try to keep the stocking up high in the groin – if it tends to rub, some padding can be used. Also try to keep the foot down over the toes so that it does not cause a tourniquet effect around the ankle. If you are still having difficulty contact our Practice Manager, Kerryn, for advice.