Patient information & preparation

What to Expect

Frequently Asked Questions

Pre & Post Surgery

Do I need a referral to see Dr Rice?

Does Dr Rice see public patients?

How do I know how much it will cost?

I have private health insurance, when can I utilise this?

I have varicose veins, what is the process for treatment?

What follow up do I require after my vein procedure?

Can I purchase my stockings from a supplier outside of your clinic?

How long am I required to wear my stockings after treatment?

What can I expect after my vein procedure?

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vein Treatment Patient information

How to prepare & what to expect

Prior to the treatment

Please cease taking the following two weeks prior to your treatment:

  • Iron tablets
  • Fish oil tablets

If you are feeling anxious about the procedure, you may request a relaxant. This needs to be arranged prior to your treatment day and you will need someone to accompany you for your walk post procedure and to drive you home.

On the day

If a relaxant has been arranged, you need to arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment time to meet with our nurse. You will then need to remain in the waiting room.

It is very important that you visit the bathroom immediately prior to your appointment. You will be asked to change into a gown and disposable underwear. Your legs will be scanned by the sonographer and the veins to be treated will be marked with a semi permanent marker.

You will be awake for the entire procedure and lying relatively still. This treatment may take between 1 to 3 hours, depending on the location and number of veins requiring treatment.

Your compression hosiery is fitted at the end of the procedure. Please do not sit up until the stockings are fitted.

After the procedure you need to go for a 30 minute walk. You are encouraged to take your support person with you.

Presuming you feel well, you will then be free to go home. You will be able to drive, however we encourage you to have someone drive you home.

Most occupations may be resumed the next day, please speak with us if your work requires heavy manual or strenuous activity. You will need to avoid strenuous core-engaging exercise for 4 weeks.

Compression stockings

Important tips to remember on the day of the procedure

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Eat as normal
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No caffeine
(Get your caffeine fix after your treatment)
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Wear comfortable shoes
(suitable for walking)

vein Treatment Patient information

Important information you should know

The more you wear your stockings, the better the result and the fewer the complications you may have.
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Compression Hosiery

On completion of the treatment, patients are placed in open toe, thigh high SIGVARIS compression stockings. The stockings must be worn continuously for 4 days, they are not to be removed at all during this period, not even to shower. Following this, they continue to be worn for a further 10 days but can be removed at bedtime and re-applied first thing in the morning.

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Long Haul Travel

There is a risk of developing DVT when patients undertake long distance travel where leg movement is restricted, e.g. air travel or long distance road travel.
You need to refrain from flying:
• Domestic - please ask
• International - 6 weeks
You will need to wear your compression stockings during any flights.

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Pain and Discomfort

There will be some discomfort over 2-4 weeks as the inflammatory reaction occurs in the treated veins.
Walking greatly assists the circulationin the legs and reduces the pressure and discomfort in the treated veins.
Taking regular paracetamol and/or anti-inflammatories will help alleviate these symptoms. For tender areas, use an over the counter topical anti-inflammatory cream.

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Immediately after treatment you must walk for 30 minutes. You will need to walk for at least 30 minutes twice a day for 4 weeks. The more walking, the better. Walking helps with discomfort as well as helping to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and phlebitis (see Side Effects and Complications). Avoid standing or sitting for long periods.

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Surgical Procedures

The risk of DVT is increased if you have any invasive medical intervention. You should not have any surgical procedures performed for 6 weeks prior to or following. Please advise us if you or any member of your family has a history of thrombotic or bleeding disorders. We need to know if you’re on any blood thinners, oral contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy.  

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Laser Safety

Whilst the use of lasers is not regulated in NSW or ACT, Dr Rice uses state of the art laser technology. We follow recommended safety procedures and protocols when performing laser treatment, including closed theatre, single use fibres, protective safety glasses and regular servicing of equipment.

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