Cape Town:  021 201 1119  

What to expect at your first consultation

The Vascular Centre has a venous Protocol and Plan. It has been thoughtfully developed using international guidelines and research evaluations in order to completely manage each individual patient and also contribute to research in South Africa. Venous research in South Africa is very far behind as opposed to First World countries, and these protocols, along with frequent communication with the vein clinic in New York, can improve South Africa’s stance on venous research.

Personal Interview 

The initial consultation is directed at your present symptoms, your overall health and what your major concerns are.

Examination

You will undergo a detailed physical examination.

Ultrasound

Should your interview and examination suggest venous disease, you will have a detailed ultrasound. This is a full superficial vein and deep vein ultrasound. It will involve you standing up and lying down. To fully diagnose venous disease this full exam needs to be undertaken which will take 30-45 minutes. (See more on the examination).  If you have cosmetic spider veins only, a less detailed ultrasound examination may or may not be performed.

Patient Education

Your condition and ultrasound findings will be discussed with you as well as treatment options.  A treatment plan will be developed that is tailor-made to your symptoms and lifestyle.

Treatment Options

You will be informed of treatment preparation and what to expect on the day of your treatment as well as what happens afterwards.

Contacts

Room 1512 Christiaan Barnard Hospital, Cape Town, 8001.

  Cape Town Switchboard:  021 201 1119