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.
Common symptoms include aching legs at the end of the day, sore veins that may look ropey (not all varicose veins are easily visible) itching or burning. Varicose veins often run in families. Send us a photo of your varicose veins and we’ll let you know what our vascular specialist thinks.
After an ultrasound scan of your legs by one of our sonographers, our specialist can determine you have varicose veins. There are usually two parts to the treatment. First a sealant is used to seal off the feeding veins, which are deep and do not show on the skin. 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. Secondly, the visible veins off this vein are sealed. This is called sclerotherapy. Sometimes, the only treatment needed is sclerotherapy.
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 for varicose veins treatment, the actual procedure and then a short recovery period.
Our treatment for varicose veins is quick, with low-level discomfort. You will be given a small, local injection, which feels like a scratch. This is so a tube can be inserted into the vein. 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. Next, there are small injections to seal off smaller veins. The procedure is quick and discomfort is minimised. Any mild aches afterward can be treated with Paracetamol or anti-inflammatories.
We recommend taking it easy for several days afterwards. You can go back to normal daily activity pretty much straight away, including work as long as you can move around during the day. But nothing too strenuous and no heavy lifting. One of our nurses will call you soon after your procedure so you can be guided by their advice.
This depends on what 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.
Varicose veins are ropey looking and will normally bulge out from under the skin. Spider veins, on the other hand, are much smaller and there might be patches of them or clusters. Sometimes spider veins look like star bursts. Spider veins, unlike varicose veins, won’t usually cause pain or aching. If they’re unsightly or troubling they can be successfully treated with skin laser. Go to: laseraesthetics.co.nz skin 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.
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 varicose vein treatment the better the outcome.
Vascular Ultrasound Scan FAQs
We will give you clear instructions on what to do for before a vascular ultrasound scan. Wearing loose clothing that is easy to take off and put on is best. For some scans on the stomach an empty stomach will be needed. So we will advise when you need to stop eating beforehand.
Once you are in a comfortable position, the sonographer puts gel on your skin and then finds the arteries and veins with an ultrasound probe. The pictures can then be looked at for diagnosis of the problem.
Usually about 30 – 60 minutes depending on the areas being scanned.
Not typically but there can be some mild discomfort, which feels like pressure, when deep arteries and veins in the stomach are being assessed.
After your consultation our specialist will determine if you need treatment and a scan will be booked. The specialist needs this before any of our treatments. The cost depends on the condition being scanned. Our Ultrasound Coordinator will discuss this with you. Most scans are covered by health insurance.
You are welcome to refer yourself for a scan. We will give you advice about the need for a scan and also communicate with your family doctor once the scan has been done.