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Your initial consultation and assessments can be bulk-billed through Medicare, incurring no out-of-pocket expense.
Micro-sclerotherapy treatment of spider veins uses a medical solution (sclerosant), which is injected into the veins using a very fine needle. The treated segment of vein undergoes fibrosis, then the fibrosed vein is broken down and removed by the body over a few weeks. The time taken for this process to occur varies from patient to patient.
If treatment is needed to multiple areas, the treatments are usually scheduled a number of weeks apart.
All patients will require an initial consultation with the treating doctor so that a comprehensive medical history can be obtained and a detailed clinical evaluation of the venous system can be performed.
A Duplex ultrasound examination may be requested by the doctor. If required, the scan is performed by a certified vascular sonographer. This assessment uses state of the art technology to assess the type and extent of your venous disease. This ultrasound examination is risk-free, has no side effects and causes no discomfort.
The treating doctor will then discuss all findings, possible treatment options and costs with you. A personalised treatment plan will be recommended. All costs up to this point will be bulk-billed through Medicare, so there will be no out-of-pocket expense prior to commencing treatment.
If you decide to proceed with Micro-sclerotherapy treatment, the procedure will involve a series of injections using very fine needles, followed by a brisk walk. Some patients report mild discomfort during treatment. The entire treatment generally requires an hour out of your work day.
You will be required to wear compression stockings for 1-2 weeks after treatment, but you can return to normal daily activities immediately.
There will be a personalised follow-up plan for each patient depending on the treatment and your response to treatment will be assessed at this time.