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Affordable varicose vein treatment

around 1/2 the normal cost

Performed by vascular surgeon at Wellington, the Hutt, Wairarapa, Kāpiti, Palmerston North, Hastings, Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown private hospitals and specialist centres.

Affordable varicose vein treatment around half the normal cost

1. Complete the online consultation form
2. Take photos
3. Submit

WELCOME TO SIMPLY VEINS

Affordable vein treatment around half the normal cost

Troublesome varicose veins? Are your legs puffy and ache at the end of the day? Our modern varicose vein treatment is quick and easy – there’s no operation, low-level discomfort and little down time – you walk in and walk out again.

Refer yourself or your GP can refer you. Our treatments are affordable – they’re close to half what you would normally expect to pay for private treatments.

Our registered vascular surgeon performs the procedure and oversees all of your care. Your consultation is with a specialist vein nurse.

OUR 5-STEP PROCESS

Here’s how it works…

step 1

STEP 1: START YOUR ONLINE CONSULTATION

This form gives us all the information we need before your varicose vein treatment.

step 2

STEP 2: TAKE PHOTOS OF YOUR LEGS

We’ll need to see both of your legs, standing, front and back, thighs and calves, even if you think one leg is okay. Use a smartphone to send us your photos. Once you’ve submitted the online consultation, and your photos, our specialist vein nurse will be in touch to discuss your varicose vein problem with you and to book you in if you’re happy to have treatment.

step 3

STEP 3: PRE-TREATMENT DAY

A nurse will call you the week before your procedure. They will answer any questions or concerns you may have, as well as give advice on what to do on your treatment day. We’ll send you a text reminder before treatment day.  

step 4

STEP 4: YOUR TREATMENT DAY

You can eat and drink prior to your procedure. Allow around an hour and a half (plenty of free parking) to cover: a consultation with our vascular surgeon, giving your consent for treatment, having an ultrasound scan, your treatment, performed by our vascular surgeon, and a short recovery period afterwards.

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STEP 5: AFTER YOUR TREATMENT

You will be fitted with compression stockings, which you’ll need to wear for 10 days straight – even in the shower (we can give you a waterproof cover). Most people  can resume activity pretty much straight away. 

Pricing

VARICOSE VEINS

ONE LEG

$4,000

TWO LEGS

$5,500

Includes sclerotherapy injections. If you need a second round of sclerotherapy injections this costs an additional $500. See over for more information on sclerotherapy injections.

SCLEROTHERAPY ONLY

ONE LEG

$1,250

TWO LEGS

$1,750

Sclerotherapy injections are suitable for smaller veins. They are most often used after varicose vein treatment when smaller veins become more visible after the bigger veins fade. We’ll let you know if sclerotherapy only is recommended for you.

All prices include:

GST, consultation with our nurse, consultation on the day with our vascular surgeon compression stockings (you wear these for 10 days straight after), ultrasound scan, sclerotherapy injections with your varicose vein treatment (if you need a second round of sclerotherapy injections the cost is an additional $500).

Please note: we do not require a deposit on booking. Payment is on the day.

SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

FAQs

With our modern treatment you can resume activity pretty much straight away.

Please complete our online consultation, including photos of your varicose veins, and submit. Our specialist vein nurse will be in touch to discuss your varicose vein problem and to book your treatment day.

We say there will be some low-level discomfort. We use a small amount of local anaesthetic to insert a tube into the main surface vein. This tube lets the surgeon send pinhead amounts of sealant into the vein at regular intervals, allowing the vein to seal. Mostly you just feel pressure on your legs when the surgeon seals the vein and when they take this tube out again. After this, there will be some small injections as the sclerotherapy is administered. It’s a quick procedure so any discomfort is only for a moment.

Full treatment on one leg costs $4,000; two legs are $5,500. Just sclerotherapy injections costs $1,250 for one leg and $1,750 for two legs.

If you’ve submitted our online consultation, with photos of your legs, our specialist vein nurse will be in touch soon to answer any questions and book you in for your treatment, if you’re happy to proceed.

The most common symptoms are aching, throbbing, itching, burning, swelling and cramps. Varicose veins often run in families.

 

Simply Veins is a nurse-led, online service, which allows us to reduce our running costs. We can get most of the information we need from our online health form, which means we don’t need to contact patients as often, this helps to keep costs down.  All of your treatment is done by a Royal Australasian College of Surgeons registered vascular surgeon, while your consultation and follow ups will be with our specialist vein nurses.                                                                            

Varicose veins bulge out from under the skin surface and are easy to see. Spider veins are smaller veins that are visible just under the skin surface. They may bulge out a little bit, especially if it’s hot, and are mostly just unsightly. There can be lines of spider veins or clusters of them, sometimes they look like star bursts. They usually don’t cause a lot of pain or throbbing, unlike varicose veins.

After treatment, patients get dressed, have a walk around and, if they are feeling well, and there are no concerns, can head home. Most people will return to non-physical work the next day and can do reduced activities, such as light exercise straight away. We do say to take it easy, though, with no strenuous gym workouts, heavy lifting or dancing. You do need to keep moving and this means walking around every half an hour or so and not sitting or standing for too long.

 

We recommend all patients take it easy the next day. Nothing too strenuous, like lifting weights or power walking though. But you can go back to work, as long as you can move around every half hour or so while you’re there. Then you can start with some long, gentle walks. And keep moving.

It’s important that you wear your compression stockings for 10 days, 24/7, even in the shower (we can give you a cover to wear in the shower). Wearing the compression stockings helps ensure the best outcome from your varicose veins treatment.

There are usually two parts to varicose vein treatment. The first part seals off the underlying feeding veins, which are deep and you can’t see them on the surface. The second part seals the visible ones that branch off this vein. This part is called sclerotherapy. Sometimes, varicose veins can be treated with sclerotherapy only.

You can but you might prefer to take the bus or get someone to drive you. This is because you shouldn’t sit still for too long.

Sclerotherapy, or vein injections, uses an irritant that’s injected into your veins to make them collapse. To keep them collapsed, patients need to wear a compression stocking for 7-10 days. After treatment, the varicose veins become lumpy and often look like they’re bruised. Over time, usually several months, the treated veins are reabsorbed by the body.

Once varicose veins have been completely sealed shut, those veins are unlikely to return. However, other veins may develop into varicose veins over time, especially if patients have other family members with varicose veins.

We offer q-Card.

This will depend on the number and size of your varicose veins at the start. In some patients who have a lot of varicose veins, we cannot treat all of them in the initial treatment because there is a limit to the amount of ‘vein irritant’  we can use for the vein injection part of the treatment (sclerotherapy). If you need further treatment, a small charge will apply to this as outlined in the ‘Pricing section’. Approximately 20% of our patients require further treatments. Our nurses and medical specialist will give you an indication whether this applies to you.

 

Once varicose veins have been treated,  they typically take about 3-6 months to settle. In general, the bigger the veins at the start, the longer the healing process.

After treatment, your varicose veins will be tender and lumpy. The tenderness lasts for about 3-6 weeks and the lumpiness takes about 3-6 months to resolve.

Venaseal uses a sealant that mixes with the water component of your blood to stick the walls of the treated vein together. It is in effect a type of ‘glue’. To achieve this, a small ‘dot’ of sealant is placed at about 3cm intervals along the vein via a very fine tube, while being monitored with ultrasound. Over time, the treated vein is slowly reabsorbed.

There is a very small chance (less than 1%) that your body can react to the sealant and develop a type of allergic reaction called a hypersensitivity reaction. When this occurs, there may be redness and tenderness over the treated vein/s for longer than usual. Treatment is with Panadol or Ibuprofen as needed until it settles, usually over several weeks.

Other allergic or sensitivity reaction may occur to the surgical drapes we use, the local anaesthetic, the skin cleaner and the silicone rubber band at the top of the thigh-length stockings. Our medical specialists will discuss these risks with you when they take you through the consent form.

Like many other medical treatments, there are risks associated with varicose vein treatment. Some of the more common include infection and skin discolouration over the treated varicose veins. Other less common complications include DVT (deep vein thrombosis), allergic and hypersensitivity reactions. Our medical specialists will discuss these risks with you and when they take you through the consent form.

If the Venaseal treatment of the leaking main surface veins is not successful, and as long as you have followed our instructions about what to do after you procedure, Simply Veins will re-treat the relevant main surface veins at no additional cost.

Note – this is different to additional varicose vein injections (sclerotherapy) for varicose veins that remain after your first treatment. As there is a limit to the volume of ‘vein irritant’ that can safely be used while performing sclerotherapy, there are some patients who require additional injection treatments, usually about 3-6 months later. If you require these additional varicose vein injections, there is a small additional cost. Our specialist nurse will explain this to you during your phone consultations and you will be reminded on the day of your treatment while your specialist is doing your treatment consent and again by our specialist nurses befofe going home.

Our medical specialists will answer any questions and take you through the consent before your procedure. After treatment it’s normal for hard lumps to appear along the treated veins, these take 3-6 months to resolve. Our medical specialists will advise if any additional treatments, like sclerotherapy are needed. In rare cases if the Venaseal treatment of the leaking main surface veins is not successful, and as long as you have followed our instructions about what to do after your procedure, Simply Veins will re-treat the relevant main surface vein at no additional cost. There is a small risk of hypersensitivity reaction to the sealant, sclerosants, local anaesthetic, skin cleaners, surgical drapes or silicone stocking bands. It’s important to walk every hour for a few minutes to help reduce the small risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and to follow the instructions of our surgeon.

YOUR VASCULAR SPECIALIST TEAM

The team

OUR SURGEON

Our varicose vein surgeon is an expert in all aspects of vein treatment. He is registered with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, with many years of experience.

OUR NURSES

Our specialist varicose vein nurses are all New Zealand registered nurses with many years of experience in vein treatments and vein care.

Simply Veins adheres to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and endeavours to work in partnership with iwi, Māori and Pacific peoples in developing its service.

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