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Frequently asked Questions
What happens in the Initial consultation and how much time does it take?
The initial consultation will take 45 mins to 1 hour. During this time a screening duplex ultrasound will be conducted to show the internal condition of your veins. Dr Param will review your medical history and physically examine the affected area/s. He will devise a bespoke treatment plan based on your condition. You will also receive a breakdown of all treatment costs, including all available Medicare rebates. You will know what to expect from the treatment and have all your questions answered during this consult.
How much does the Initial consultation with Dr Param cost?
The initial consultation costs $300, in which you will receive $158 back from Medicare. This means you will be out of pocket $142 for the initial consultation.
How much do the treatments cost?
This depends on the type of treatment you need and how many treatments are needed based on your vein condition. Varicose vein treatment start from $790, however we are unable to quote a price until you have had an initial consultation with Dr Param. Every patient will have individual requirements.
Are your treatments covered by my Private Health insurance?
Our vein treatments can not be claimed on private health insurance as they are performed in our clinic and not at a private hospital. Dr Param’s methods do not require general anaesthetic and seek to keep healthy people out of the hospital.
Can I have a support person with me during the treatment?
Of course, your significant other is welcome to sit in with you during all our treatments, however the pain is generally minimal and will not be as scary as you imagine.
Are the treatments painful?
Patients report some discomfort during treatments but not normally pain. General anaesthetic is not required at all.
How much Medicare rebate will I receive for my treatment?
This depends on the different treatments and on the individuals current Medicare threshold. Once you receive your treatment plan you will be informed of the Medicare rebates that you are eligible for.
Will I need to wear compression stockings after my treatment?
Dr Param will thoroughly explain the post treatment process to you, which yes will likely include wearing fitted compression stocking to support blood circulation for a period of time.
I had stripping surgery for my varicose veins and they have returned, can I still get one of the newer treatments you offer?
Yes, we can treat you, Dr Param often sees patients who may have been treated years ago in hospital and have seen their vein condition return. Our treatments do not require general anaesthetic or hospital stays but provide long term excellent results.
Why do I have varicose veins?
Varicose veins can be caused by a number of factors:
- Genetics – vein disease often runs in families. There is a high chance if your parents suffered from varicose veins you will develop the condition.
- Hormonal changes – such as a rise in progesterone can impact on your body causing valve changes in your veins. This is why women often develop varicose veins during pregnancy.
- Ageing – as we age our veins age with us. Over time the valves and walls weaken and varicose veins are more likely to develop after the age of 40.
- Your occupation – jobs that involve sitting or standing all day can increase pressure in the legs which can lead to varicose veins.
- Weight – being overweight or obese is a risk factor for developing varicose veins. Increased body weight can compress the veins, which increases the pressure and strains the walls and valves.
- Trauma – significant impact to the legs can damage veins causing varicose veins.
Do varicose veins only occur on the legs?
Varicose veins are commonly found on the legs but you can get them on other parts of the body including arms and groin area.
I am pregnant can I have treatment for varicose veins?
Pregnancy often exacerbates current varicose veins or can be the cause of new varicose veins. You can not undergo treatment when you are pregnant, however there are things you can do to help you manage the condition such as wearing medical grade compression stockings (fitted by a professional). This video explains all about varicose veins during pregnancy and recommends the best time to have your treatment.
Is there follow up after the treatment?
Yes, Dr Param will ask you to return for a review after your treatment. He will seek to review you annually to ensure the ongoing success of your treatment.
How long do the treatments take?
Treatments take between 30mins to 2 hours depending on the treatment type. Check out our treatments pages for more detailed information.