Varicose Vein Treatment Adelaide and Mount Gambier

Odyssey Vein Clinic

Adelaide’s leading specialist vein
treatment clinic

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Why Odyssey Vein Clinic?

Odyssey Vein Clinic has been established to provide specialised non-surgical treatment for varicose, and spider veins of the legs. We also offer a number of cosmetic injectables and laser treatment for various skin conditions. 

Our team takes pride in providing a warm and friendly environment, for all our valued patients.
Adelaide’s Most Experienced Varicose Vein Injector
Same Day Consult, Scan and Treatment available
Initial Consult Bulk Billed
No GP Referral Required
Monday to Friday Appointments Available
Walk in, walk out procedure with no down time.
Set Pricing for Vein Procedures

Causes And Symptoms Of Varicose Leg Veins

Varicose veins are large, swollen veins that often appear on the legs and feet. They happen when the valves in the veins do not work properly, so the blood does not flow effectively back up to the heart.

The veins have one-way valves so that the blood can travel in only one direction. If the walls of the vein become stretched and less flexible (elastic), the valves will weaken. A weakened valve can allow blood to leak backward and eventually flow in the opposite direction. When this occurs, blood can accumulate in the vein(s), which then become enlarged and swollen.
A number of factors seem to increase the likelihood of developing varicose veins
Genetics – there is a tendency for veins to run in families
Gender – women are more likely to develop veins than men, probably for hormonal reasons
Age – probably because of wear and tear on valves with time obesity
Some occupations – prolonged standing at work appears to be a risk factor
Pregnancy – women are more likely to develop varicose veins during pregnancy than any other time in their life. This is due to hormonal factors, increased blood volume and pressure on pelvic veins.

Symptoms from varicose veins vary widely. The majority of individuals that seek treatment for their veins (especially women) report that they dislike the unattractive appearance of the veins. Varicose veins can also cause
Aching & heaviness – this is often worse during the heat and when standing for prolonged periods.
Swollen ankles
Leg cramps and restless legs syndrome – although the cause of these symptoms is not understood they appear to be more common in individuals with varicose veins.
Spider veins – these smaller veins often tend to originate around larger varicose veins.
Skin changes – the skin can become shiny or discoloured when veins have been present for many years.

Complications of varicose veins, particularly when they are long standing can include
Thrombophlebitis – clotting of the veins which causes them to become painful and reddened.
Bleeding – If the veins are traumatised.
Varicose eczema – a dry itchy rash usually occurring in the lower leg. This is a sign that the blood circulation to the skin has been affected by the veins,
Varicose ulcer – a sore in the lower leg that is often caused by minor trauma. These are painful and can take many months to heal. The cause is related to impaired blood circulation and inadequate skin healing.

It is advisable to seek some sort of treatment to the veins if the last two conditions are present.
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Treatment Of Varicose Veins And Ugs

Treatment options for removal of varicose veins has advanced significantly in the last twenty years. Prior to this the only option available was surgery – this involves a general anaesthetic, a hospital stay and significant downtime.
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy (UGS) was first developed for the treatment of varicose veins about 25 years ago. Dr Emma Nolan was one of the first doctors in Australia to be trained in the use of this technique in 2000. This technique involves an initial ultrasound scan to evaluate the varicose veins in the leg that need to be treated – veins that are not visible externally may also need to be treated as part of the varicose vein system. Dr Nolan performs the scan on the same day just prior to treatment (this is often time saving as it requires no outside referrals, costs or follow up appointments). The varicose veins are then injected, accurately, with a small amount of a substance called a sclerosant under ultrasound guidance. The sclerosant destroys the cells that line the vein wall, and the vein shrinks and, subsequently, the body converts the vein to scar tissue. After the veins have been injected a compression stocking is applied to the treated leg and the patient is instructed to walk for 30 mins immediately afterwards.

There are a number of advantages to treating veins with UGS. There is no need for hospitalisation or any anaesthetic – the treatment is associated with minimal discomfort, there are no surgical wounds, and the patient can drive, go back to work and resume normal activities immediately after treatment.

The compression stocking is worn for two weeks, and the patient is encouraged to walk every day. There is generally minimal discomfort afterwards. A check up appointment is usually organised for about three weeks post treatment to ensure that the treated veins have closed down. The veins gradually shrink and disappear as the body automatically resorbs the veins and converts them to scar tissue.
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Initial Consultation

Bulk Billed

Varicose vein treatment

Adelaide Clinic
Mount Gambier Clinic
*Possible medicare rebate between $95 and $200 per leg

Spider Vein Treatment

Adelaide Clinic
Mount Gambier Clinic
*Possible medicare rebate between $95 and $200 per leg

Other Treatments

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Varicose Vein Treatment With And Without Private Health Cover

There have been some changes to the way varicose vein treatment is covered by Medicare in the last few years. The rebates for surgery have decreased meaning that there is a preference for non-surgical techniques to treat varicose veins.

Private Health cover and vein treatment

Treatment for varicose veins in the private sector is moving away from traditional surgery. Non- surgical techniques have a number of advantages including less complications, no down time or time off work. Medicare funding for non-surgical methods of treating veins is minimal and does not cover the realistic costs of treatment. This usually means the patient will have increased out of pocket costs for their treatment. There is also an argument that the majority (not all) have treatment for cosmetic reasons and, as with most cosmetic procedures, this should not be covered by Medicare.
Public hospital waiting lists

Because of decreased funding to treat varicose veins surgically, the major public hospitals in Adelaide and throughout Australia are usually only accepting patients for treatment if there are significant medical complications from their veins (such as varicose ulcers). At the present time, cosmetic treatment for varicose veins is not considered a reason to go on a public hospital waiting list for surgery in Adelaide.

Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy

The cost for ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is mostly out of pocket as there is only a small Medicare rebate available ($95 -$210 depending on the individual Medicare safety net).

Private health cover will often cover the cost of the stockings ($60 each) as part of their funds ‘extras’ cover.

Spider Vein treatment

The majority of the cost of spider vein treatment is out of pocket. This is considered a cosmetic procedure, only, and is usually not covered by Medicare. When larger blue veins are treated a Medicare rebate of about $95 may be applicable.

Our Practice Manager will advise you of all costs prior to treatment.
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Before And After Varicose Vein Treatment

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What To Expect After Vein Treatment

Immediately after your ultrasound guided sclerotherapy treatment a compression stocking will be applied to the treated leg, follow up appointments will be organised, and you will be asked to walk for 30 minutes. After your walk you are free to drive and go back to work or usual activities. The only activities that are discouraged are long (overseas) flights and very heavy gym workouts (can be resumed at 2 weeks). Low impact exercise such as walking, swimming, yoga, pilates, etc. are all fine.
The compression stocking needs to be worn for 2 weeks. Keep it on in the shower and wash with body wash or shampoo. Towel dry the stocking – it usually dries quite quickly in the warmer months, but a hairdryer can help if necessary. The stocking can be taken off at night, whilst in bed, in the second week. You can remove the stocking, yourself, at 2 weeks.

Walking every day is encouraged post treatment. This helps circulate blood through the deep veins in the leg and is also helpful in managing mild discomfort from the treatment, if present. If discomfort is not relieved by walking a mild painkiller such as an anti-inflammatory (Voltaren, Nurofen, Naprosyn, Brufen, etc.) or Paracetamol can be taken. Most patients do not require any medication post treatment. If her are any concerns post treatment, please contact Kerryn on 7225 7808/0403 965 548 for further advice. When the stocking is removed the treated veins will be much flatter, but they will be lumpy and have a light brown appearance, initially. This is a perfectly normal part of the healing process and will fade, completely, over time.

Possible complications are, generally, minor and can include migraine – immediately after treatment, usually managed with paracetamol or usual anti migraine meds, tenderness of the treated vein, phlebitis – an inflammatory condition that causes redness and tenderness of the treated vein. This is not dangerous and can be managed by applying the stocking, walking and anti inflammatories as needed and, some swelling of the ankle – this will usually settle spontaneously.

More serious complications are exceedingly rare and can include allergic reaction to the sclerosant – this is immediate and treated with adrenaline or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – a clot in the deeper veins of the legs. DVT is extremely rare in healthy, mobile patients having UGS. It is characterised by a swollen painful calf with the pain not being relieved by an anti-inflammatory tablet and a 30 min walk. If unsure of your symptoms please contact our practice Manager, Kerryn.
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Why Odyssey Vein Clinic?

Dr. Emma Nolan

Over 20 years experience treating leg veins with over 8,000 procedures successfully completed.

Dr. Nolan graduated with a degree in Medicine from Adelaide University in 1989. She spent a number of years in General Practice before developing an interest in Phlebology (non – surgical vein treatment) and Cosmetic Medicine.

Dr. Nolan underwent training in Phlebology and Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy in 1999. She has performed several thousand procedures on both varicose and spider veins of the legs, and is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Phlebology.

Dr. Nolan also has many years experience with anti-wrinkle injections, and dermal fillers.
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Adelaide Address
16 Stuart Road, Dulwich SA 5065
Mount Gambier Address
The Convent, 20 Penola Road, Mount Gambier SA 5290
08 7225 7808 or 0403 965 548
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