Are you not coming for treatment of your spider veins because you are afraid of needles or pain? The Leg Vein Doctor in Brisbane and Toowoomba can help reassure you that treatment may not be as scary as you think.
I just have surface veins do I need a scan?
Horse chestnut, grape seed, Ginko biloba, coumarins and flavonoids. Pills, lotions and even skin wraps for those unsightly vascular marks and promises to make your legs healthy again ot give you your best legs ever!
There seems to be any number of herbal and home remedies which are available for the treatment and removal of spider veins and varicose veins they can be found online and in the chemist. Some of these products are cheap and others not so cheap but all seem to guarantee pain free removal of your veins with quick results.
These products are termed Veno-active drugs (VAD) or Phlebotonic drugs. They are mostly derived from plant extracts.
Such groups include:
· Benzopyrones (Coumarine, Flavonoids, Oxerutin, Rutin, Rutosides, Diosmine)
· Saponins (Horse chestnut and Butcher’s extract)
· Other plant extracts (Gingko Biloba, Maritime Pine extract, grape seed)
· Synthetic products or the Quinons ( naftazone and calcium dobesilate)
· Xanthine derivatives (Pentoxifylline )
There seem to be various modes of action depending on the individual drug. Beneficial effects include reduction in capillary leakage and anti-inflammatory effects by scavenging free radicals. Improvements in venous tone and on the lymphatic system have been proposed.
But what is the level of scientific evidence?
At a recent International Phlebology conference that I attended, Veno-Active Drugs (VAD) were one of the topics of discussion.
Pentoxifylline, Sulodoxine and micronized purified flavonoid fraction (Daflon®) have demonstrated some benefit to patients with Chronic Venous Disease in a few trials.
However “strong recommendations with Level 1 evidence” cannot be made about the use of any of the wide range of Veno-active drugs available in the treatment of Chronic Venous Disease at the moment.
Until more evidence is gathered sclerotherapy and Endothermal ablation remain the most successful and proven methods of removing varicose veins and spider veins.
If you are at all worried about your leg health or are in pain, winter is a great time to book in at our leg vein clinic for a initial consultation. You will receive a complete medical examination and ultrasound investigation on your legs, I will discuss the findings with you and the best course of action. From there you will have a treatment plan is put together outlining all costs and any Medicare and health fund rebates.
Most patients require multiple sessions, usually over a few months in order to achieve optimal results. From start to finish you will be taken care of by me (Dr Nicholas Kemp) and we also offer complementary post treatment reviews for a year in order to ensure procedures are fully successful and that you are happy with the results.
Booking in advance offers you the freedom to choose treatment days and accommodate work and family commitments. At The Leg Vein Doctor after-hours sessions are particularly popular as the nature of our treatments means there is NO downtime and you can go straight back to work or home to cook dinner for your family!
Modern varicose vein treatments are designed to be walk-in walk-out and this is the model that has practiced in Europe and the United States for many years. General anesthetics are discouraged because they prevent a patient from being mobile following a procedure, therefore putting them at greater risk of DVTs. Not to mention the inconvenience of not being able to drive and requiring someone to collect you from the hospital.
Early booking also allows you to complete your treatment before it gets hot, which is most patients preference as the compression stockings can be hidden under trousers or worn as tights (black available). Perhaps most importantly it means your legs will be ready for the beach before the next heatwave.
Call our friendly receptionists at our varicose vein clinic on 37209912 to book an appointment for Brisbane or Toowoomba.
Long periods of standing in the one position in certain occupations such has hairdressing, nursing or machinery work can often lead to discomfort in the legs and feet. Symptoms such as a vague aching sensation, itchy, restless legs or burning and sweating feet can be due to poor clearance of venous blood out of the legs.
People affected with venous disease that causes venous incompetence are particularly prone to these symptoms if they are standing for prolonged periods and not walking around. Walking helps clear the blood out of the lower limbs because contraction of the calf muscles compresses the deep veins and this is the mechanism by which venous blood gets pumped up and out of the legs. It’s known as the “Calf muscle pump”.
If you are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms such as just described and your work involves extended periods of standing on your feet without the opportunity of moving about too much, you might be suffering from venous incompetence and poor clearance of venous blood out of your legs due to venous disease. This can often occur without the presence of visible varicose veins.
A duplex venous ultrasound of the saphenous veins and deep veins in your legs is the appropriate investigation for this problem. For many people immediate treatment may not be an option due to pregnancy, work and family commitments or because they do not have direct access to funds for procedures.
Compression therapy in the form of socks or stockings maybe beneficial in relieving some of the symptoms mentioned above through boosting a persons circulation when worn throughout the day. The Leg Vein Doctor now carries a wide range of compression therapy in various grades and forms to fit all sizes. Banish the thought of those white TED surgical / hospital stockings from your mind. The non surgical compression therapy we have is breathable for the Queensland heat and comes in a choice of colours. It is not just for women either, we have men's 'dress' socks suitable to be worn with a suit and a core spun range which can be comfortably worn with work or safety boots. Both the options for men and women are unidentifiable to others so know one need know about your issue.
Please call the clinic to book an initial consultation should you require more information and advise regarding if these medical accessories could be as suitable option for you pre-treatment.
Dr Nick spent many years managing a General Practice Medical Centre in outback Mount Isa, before that he had worked at the hospital institute in both Townsville and Tully. Being a rural GP he undertook further training in obstetrics and anaesthetics and did a large selection of procedures. He became a Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine in 2000.
He continues to remain committed to helping country patients and has been running a satellite clinic in Toowoomba every month since 2013. Dr Nick very much enjoys keeping his connection with this area and visiting his family who live in the Lockyer Valley.
Dr Kemp sees patients from Toowoomba, the Darling Downs, Crows Nest, Esk, Kilcoy, Kingaroy, Gympie, Dalby, St George, Chinchilla, Goondiwindi, Millmerran, Withcott, Gatton, the Lockyer Valley, Laidley, Ipswich, Warwick, Stanthorpe, Miles, Roma, Chinchilla and further afield.
We also receive patients from further afield in Queensland at our Brisbane Clinic from Gladstone, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Emerald, Longreach, Buderim, Mackay, Cairns and Port Douglas.
We are very happy to work with patients travelling to see us to create a treatment schedule which is realistic and can work around their commitments such as taking children to boarding school and avoiding them being away during critical farming times.
The Toowoomba clinic operates out of Cosmetic Elegance on Scott Street. To make a booking please call 07 3720 9912.