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Practice Hours

Monday to Friday: 7.30am – 4.30pm

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Appointments

Consultation is by appointment only.
Appointments can be made by phoning the rooms on + 612 9550 4733.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

  • Your referral letter
  • All x-rays, scans and tests relevant to your visit
  • Your Medicare card and health fund details
  • Your insurance or workers compensation information if relevant
  • List of medication if appropriate.

How do I get a referral?
Please consult your General Practitioner before arranging an appointment with any Specialist. Patients wishing to claim from an insurance company (Medicare, Private Health Fund, Worker’s Compensation Insurer) must be referred to by a General Practitioner.

Can the Doctor advise me on the telephone?
Specific medical problems need to be discussed with a surgeon in person so that medical advice is tailored for the specific needs of the individual. For this reason medical advice cannot be given over the phone or via email.

I need a medical certificate. How do I get one?
If you require a medical certificate please inform staff on your arrival.

Injection Treatment Aftercare Questions

Do I need to wear compression stockings?
YES. It is an essential part of treatment of veins whether they are small or large. Typically you will need to wear a bandage for 2-4 days followed by Class 2 stockings for 3-4 weeks.

When do I wear my stockings?
We suggest you put them on in the morning and take them off in the evening after dinner. It may be better to have a shower in the evening rather than the morning. Stockings can be hand-washed and will dry overnight. If you want another pair, please contact the rooms. We do not usually recommend wearing the stockings in bed.

When do I finish wearing my stockings?
This depends on how quickly the inflammation settles. Keep them in reserve for ongoing support or for future treatment. Always bring your stockings with you at any future visits to the clinic. Many patients then find benefit from non-medical support stockings such as Kolotex Sheer relief obtained at supermarkets.

What if I notice red hard lumps under the skin?
These are very common and are not a reason for concern. They will gradually settle although this may take a few weeks. An earlier review may be appropriate if this is severe as this may indicate that the vein has relaxed and some blood has been “trapped” inside, and this may require a needle prick to let the blood out.

What activities should I do?
You should resume all normal activities, particularly regular walking and normal work activities. Light gym work can be performed with support stockings.

What activities shouldn’t I do?
Avoid taking a long hot bath, spa or sauna, and avoid strenuous activities such as running. This causes relaxation and expansion of the surface veins and increase blood flow in the legs, and these are liable to work against the mechanism being used to remove varicose veins. Try to avoid prolonged immobile standing. If sitting, elevate your feet. Avoid contact sports for the first couple of weeks.

Can I travel interstate or overseas?
Any travel involves prolonged sitting in one spot and is a known risk factor for deep vein thrombosis. We will not perform treatment within 2 weeks of an interstate flight or 6 weeks for overseas planned travel. If it becomes essential then inform us so that we can arrange prophylaxis during travel with Heparin injections.

Follow-up Arrangements?
We will arrange further visits after you have walked for a time after the treatment. A follow-up ultrasound will need to be performed usually one week after the procedure to exclude any DVT’s. Providing that Aethoxysklerol is used properly it is very safe, possibly safer than other sclerosants in use in Australia. Nevertheless, as with any solution injected, there can be possible side effects and you must be aware of these.

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