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FAQ

 

Q: How do I know if I need to be treated?
A: A visit to a phlebologist will help answer your questions. He can
evaluate your condition, determine if any testing is necessary, and discuss
the therapeutic options available. Treatment needs to be tailored to your
individual needs, based on your physical examination and medical history.

Q: Is treatment always required?
A: No. The majority of small varicose and spider veins are treated for
cosmetic purposes. However, deeper varicose veins can cause medical
problems if left untreated. This can be also a common reason of failures in
treatment of spider and superficial veins.

Q: How long is a primary visit?
A: Usually physician is able to fulfill a consult in 15-20 minutes.

Q: How long does the ultrasound examination take?
A: On average 20-25 minutes, however can take longer in more complicated
cases.

Q: Can ultrasound and treatment be done at the same visit?
A: Yes, ultrasound and, if indicated, surface laser treatment can be done at
the same visit, if time was pre-booked accordingly. For the sclerotherapy
(injections) you will need to have pressure stocking fitted for you before.

Q: Does sclerotherapy hurt?
A: The sensation you receive is similar or less to the blood test. We use very
sharp and very tiny needles. Mild burning sensation along the vein rarely,
but may occur. Most of the patients do not experience any discomfort.

Q: Does laser hurt?
A: Surface laser will give you a feel of rubber band striking your skin.
This, however, totally depends on individual's pain tolerance and the
laser power set. Laser power is tailored individually depending on the
area and the lesion size. You will see skin redness and possibly feel mild
burning sensation immediately after treatment, - this is normal. Ice can be
applied during and after the procedure and a moisturizing lotion afterwards.
You will not experience any pain during EVLA procedure since the laser
pass will be infiltrated with the local anesthetic.

Q: What are the side effects of sclerotherapy?
A: You may develop bruising and rarely some blistering at the injection
site. This is normal and usually resolves within 7-14 days. Mild hyper
pigmentation (staining) of the skin or venous matting (tiny new veins) can
occur but is usually temporary. Allergic reactions are extremely rare but may
happen. Sclerotherapy is contraindicated in nursing moms.

Q: How many sclerotherapy/laser treatments do I need?
A: This depends on a severity of your condition and on goals you would like
to achieve. Although many patients will notice some improvements after the
first treatment, most cases require 3-5 visits per year.