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Veinflow, an associated practice, provides patients with non-surgical varicose vein and spider vein treatments.  These treatments are carried out by Dr Lionel Chiew, who is a certified sclerotherapist with the Australasian College of Phlebology.

What is sclerotherapy?

It is a non surgical varicose vein and spider vein treatment.  Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a substance through a tiny needle into an unwanted vein. The substance causes the vein to contract, and over time, the vein is gradually absorbed by the body and fades from view.

This method is a cost effective and simple procedure compared to other alternatives.

How does it work?

Injection of the sclerosant irritates the lining of the vein wall which causes it to contract.   The vein then turns into scar tissue over time and eventually fades from view as the body absorbs it.  The substances most commonly used in Australia for sclerotherapy are sodium tetradecyl sulfate and polidocanol.

After treatment, a compression stocking is worn for 1-2 weeks.  This helps with the effectiveness of the treatment and also prevents the development of blood clots.

In some cases, more than one treatment session will be required to achieve best results.

Unlike surgery, there is no need for hospitalisation or an anaesthetic.   There is virtually no downtime and no surgical scarring.

Our process

Prior to treatment, an assessment including a duplex ultrasound scan will help determine an individual patient’s treatment plan.   The assessment takes approximately 45 minutes, and is conducted at Medical on Church.   Please let our receptionist know when booking an appointment that you wish to have a “Vein Assessment” . You will be asked to complete a questionnaire before the assessment. Download the Questionnaire here.

All assessments are bulk billed.

If sclerotherapy is deemed an appropriate treatment for your condition, you will need to return for the treatment which takes between 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the extent of the condition.  An initial review of the treatment is carried out two weeks after this treatment, with subsequent treatment and/or reviews scheduled as required.  The reviews ensure that we continue to actively monitor and manage your condition.

As the extent of varicose and spider veins vary, the cost of treatment will be dependent on your individual situation.   Prior to commencement of treatment, we will inform you of the likely number of treatments and costs involved.  Typically, each treatment cost between $200 and $600, plus the one off cost of medical grade compression stockings (around $150).  Medicare rebate may apply.