A question that I am often asked is “Are vein treatments painful?”. Like anything to do with pain the response of patients is entirely subjective. There are however some observations that may be helpful. It certainly depends on the procedure as to the amount of discomfort that the “average” person will feel. For Endovenous Ablation
1. Inadequate evaluation of the underlying veins: This can only be adequately done with a Duplex Ultrasound that enables very precise measuring of blood flow in the deeper veins and clearly shows connections of any underlying problem with what is seen on the surface. If these underlying problems are not initially identified and treated any
1. Surgery is the only solution for varicose veins. The concept of surgery has been rapidly outdated by non surgical procedures such as Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy and Endovenous Laser Ablation. Whilst there may be some role for the minor surgical procedure of phlebectomy, the long practiced procedure of vein “stripping” should be reserved for the history books.
I often get asked this question by patients and my answer depends on how long ago they were seen. For treatment of varicose veins, Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy has been around for about 18 years whereas Endovenous Laser Ablation is a more recent treatment with the first case being performed at Vein Doctors Group, Gold Coast, over 7 years ago.
As those who have had varicose or spider vein treatment will understand there is a schedule of follow up depending on what type of veins you have had treated. For deep varicose vein treatment (Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy or Endovenous Laser Ablation) the schedule is 1 week, 6 weeks and 1 year after your initial vein treatment and then annually thereafter if I feel
For a long time, surgery was the only alternative for patients seeking varicose and spider vein treatment. Approximately 20 years ago ultrasound was used to investigate patients who had experienced new varicose veins growing after they had had their legs stripped. Interestingly, these new veins were often found to be arising from the stump of the
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 by Darren Jones
I often get asked by patients if they can travel after their spider or varicose vein treatment. The answer depends on what sort of treatment has been done and what sort of travel. Also to be considered is the specific risk factors that relate to a particular patient. Generally speaking, in the absence of other risk
Sclerotherapy there is one side effect that cannot be avoided and that is allergy. Fortunately, this is a very rare side effect of vein treatment with the occurrence quoted at 1 case per 5 -10,000 treatments. If it does occur it is invariably very soon after treatment when the patient is still at Vein Doctors
Saturday, 01 September 2012 by Darren Jones
Patients often present with painful legs and these are almost never due to Sclerotherapy, which has been around for many years but sadly many patients who have had this procedure in the past were unhappy with their initial result or with how quickly the veins came back again. Both these problems are usually due to the same
Patients often present with painful legs and these are almost never due to varicose veins or underlying venous problems. Although pain is a very subjective sensation and what is painful for one person may be an ache for someone else, patients almost never have pain as the presenting problem. This is because the discomfort due to vein problems