Risks Involved

As no two patients are ever exactly the same, it is vital that the doctor has thorough knowledge of your medical history as well as the medication used prior to treatment (including recreational drug use). This will assist in accurate treatment planning and making the necessary changes, modifications and precautions where applicable.

Risks include:

1. Blood clots

Blood clots in the deep circulation (DVT) are extremely rare, occurring in patients who have thrombophilia. Blood tests can be conducted to detect this problem.

2. Ulceration

Ulceration is a possible complication of Varicose Vein treatment. The complication can be treated and managed by the practice, and is most likely caused by:

      • Inadvertant intra-dermal injection of sclerosant
      • Closure of an arteriole in an AV malformation during sclerotherapy
      • Following an infection
      • Recurrence of an old ulcer shortly after treatment during the healing phase

3. Skin discoloration (hyper or hypo pigmentation)

Skin discoloration is a result of the skin type of the patient, as opposed to the actual treatment itself. It is more common in olive Mediterranean skin and park skin pigmentation. Adequate care in the post-op phase has almost eliminated this complication.

4. Not Permanent Result -Recurrence

As varicose veins are genetically determined, the regrowth of new Varicose and spider veins is inevitable. Each case is individual and impossible to predict and, for this reason, ongoing maintenance and a follow-up treatment is essential.

    1. Infection is a possibility, but is not common.
    2. Allergies

We require you inform us prior to treatment of any known or suspected allergies or diseases that are present within your family.