is an effective, safe, and easy way to eliminate visible surface veins. It
consists of a series of injections, performed by either the physician or
the nurse. Medication is introduced into a vein to fibrose and eventually
SHOULD I EXPECT AT MY FIRST VISIT?
your first visit, you will be given a form to complete, outlining your
medical history. Our nurse will bring you into the examination-treatment
area where she will transcribe the information and take your vital signs.
The doctor will perform a thorough examination of your problem, and if
needed, will initiate a diagnostic investigation. You will then be
informed of the treatment required to improve your condition. Please do
not hesitate to ask questions of any of our staff members.
- we are here to help you.
MANY SESSIONS DO I NEED?
involves a series of injection treatments scheduled in two-week intervals.
your first visit, the doctor will indicate the number of sessions you will
need. Each treatment requires only 10 to 15 minutes of the patient's time.
receptionist will give you an appointment at a convenient time for your
subsequent visits. After completion of your treatment, we recommend a
six-month check-up. If you cannot make your appointment, we understand,
but we would appreciate 24 hours notice
SIDE EFFECTS ARE THERE?
may occur following injections. This is normal. This should totally
disappear within one to two weeks. Tiny red spots may also occur at the
injection site. Do not be alarmed, they will also disappear within three
to four weeks.
a tender cord may be felt along the area of a treated vein. Do not worry.
This is not phlebitis. It is simply the vein closing. It will disappear,
and so will the varicose vein. To relieve discomfort, exercise abundantly
and apply warm wet compresses.
rare instances, the skin remains darker along a treated vein, although in
most cases, it will slowly regain its normal pigmentation. Some spots may
become permanent. Ask our doctors about it.
our detailed history and examination, there is always the possibility of
an allergic reaction. This rare complication may range from a slight
tingling sensation with red blotches on the skin to an anaphylactic
reaction. Exceptionally rare cases of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary
embolus have been reported in medical literature. Also there are two other
RARE accidental complication that may arise from the sclerosing agent
spilling into the subcutaneous tissues, or introduced into an arteriole.
Both will result in an ulcer that will eventually leave a scar. At the
slightest sign of irregularity, do not hesitate to call the clinic. The
receptionist will relay your message to a doctor or nurse who will return
your call as soon as possible.
OTHER TREATMENTS MAY BE REQUIRED FOR LEG PAINS,
VARICOSE VEINS, AND SPIDER
Support stockings, which are now available in a variety of styles and
fashion colors, are recommended. They compress the lower leg and thus
lessen the swelling and the formation of new varicose veins. At your first
visit, the doctor will indicate the strength you need.
On occasion, surgery may be needed prior to starting sclerotherapy. Our
doctor will explain and make arrangements for it if it is indicated in
ARE THE PAYMENT OPTIONS?
number of visits needed for your treatment can only be determined by the
doctor after your initial examination. At this time, it will also be
determined if your treatments will be medical or cosmetic.
If you have a cosmetic problem, the cost is covered
entirely by each individual.* In many cases, your private insurance
company will cover all or part of the cost of the medications. Any portion
not covered by AHC or your private insurance company can be claimed on
your personal income tax form.
bandages or Elastoplast wrapping may be required during the course of your
treatment. These are available and may be purchased at this office.*
Compression hose are recommended after treatment to enhance the
effectiveness of sclerotherapy.
may pay by cash, cheque, Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Interac. Patients on welfare
and senior citizens (aged 65 or more) are given special consideration.*
refer to our fee schedule.