Our Consultations With You
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 and with other venous surgeons in the UK and Europe, can improve South Africa’s stance on venous research.
The initial consultation is directed at your present symptoms, your overall health and what your major concerns are.
You will undergo a detailed physical examination.
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.
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.
- Clarivein - Mechano Chemical Ablation (MOCA)
- Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA)
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy
- Foam Sclerotherapy
- Liquid Sclerotherapy
- Wound care
- Lymphoedema management
- In theatre cases: IntraVascular UltraSound, Venogram and Vein stenting
You will be informed of treatment preparation and what to expect on the day of your treatment as well as what happens afterwards.