Expert clinical advice and guidance is an essential part of any vascular procedure. Here are answers to some of the most common questions.
A vascular specialist is trained in treating varicose veins and artery diseases. It is imperative that your veins and arteries carry blood freely within your body. Blockages sometimes occur for a number of reasons and it’s important these are monitored or treated. Maintaining a healthy weight, doing regular exercise, not smoking and eating a healthy diet may be factors you can control.
No. While many people are referred to us by their doctors, we don’t need a referral. However, the vascular specialist will keep your doctor up to date with your treatment and progress.
We can usually get you in within the month. If your vascular problem is serious, we have urgent appointments available, especially for arterial conditions.
Your vascular consultation by phone, Zoom or in person takes approximately 20 minutes, depending on what you are seeing Richard Evans for. Your varicose veins procedure takes around an hour, depending on whether you need one or two legs treated.
You will be given an appointment just as if you were coming in person. The vascular specialist will call or Zoom you at the allotted time.
If you have aching legs at the end of the day, sore veins that may look ropey (not all varicose veins are easily visible) or your parents have or had varicose veins, chances are you have them, too. Send us a photo of your veins and we’ll let you know what our vascular specialist thinks.
First you will have an ultrasound scan of your legs by one of our sonographers. Once the vascular specialist verifies the scan, we will give you a treatment booking. The specialist uses a sealant to seal off the problem vein. A thin tube is inserted in the vein, then tiny pinhead amounts of sealant are dispensed at intervals along the vein while being monitored by ultrasound. Next you’ll be fitted with compression stockings to wear for 10 days. Our nurse will contact you a couple of days after your procedure to answer any questions and the specialist will follow up around six weeks later. The vein is eventually absorbed after several months.
For varicose vein treatment, the time it takes depends on whether you need both legs treated and the condition of your veins. It can be as little as 15 minutes. We say allow a good hour to cover a chat with the vascular specialist and your consent, the actual procedure and a short recovery period.
Our treatment is quick, with low-level discomfort. You will be given a small, local injection, which feels like a scratch. During the procedure most patients feel pressure when the vascular specialist seals off the vein. Some may feel a little discomfort when the tube is taken out but there is not so much as a plaster needed after. It’s normal to have some lumps and/or bruises over the treated veins. These subside over the next 3-6 months. Any mild aches can be treated with Paracetamol or anti-inflammatories.
We recommend taking it easy for several days afterwards. You can resume fairly normal daily activity pretty much straight away – but nothing too strenuous and no heavy lifting. Avoid swimming or hot tubs for 10 days to help avoid the small risk of infection. One of our nurses will call you soon after your procedure – be guided by their advice.
This depends on what vascular treatment you need, most insurers cover varicose vein treatment for medical reasons. After your consultation we’ll give you a quote.
Most insurers cover varicose vein treatment for medical reasons. It’s best to check with your insurer.
Like varicose veins your spider veins won’t go away on their own – and you can’t prevent spider veins – they’re often hereditary. If they’re unsightly or troubling you go to: laseraesthetics.co.nz – laser clinic in Wellington.
Right here! We sell medical-grade compression stockings/compression socks in our online shop. The pressure at the ankle is greater than at the knee to encourage blood or fluid to flow from your legs to your heart. We often recommend class 1 grade for most because they’re strong, yet easy to put on.
Once you have had your vascular consultation we will give you a quote for ongoing scans. The cost of an ultrasound depends on how long the scan takes.
We call this a varicose vein myth. Yes, you can continue putting up with varicose veins but often they can start to impede your life, ache and may lead to skin deterioration and venous leg ulcers. Like most things, we recommend the sooner you get treatment the better the outcome.