Information for New Patients
If you have not been to our clinic before, an initial consultation is needed so Dr Peter Paraskevas can thoroughly assess your veins, and create a tailored treatment plan according to your specific needs.
Once you get in touch with us, our helpful reception staff will discuss all the important aspects of your initial consultation and will send out an information pack which contains the following:
- An information brochure
- A patient questionnaire, which must be completed at home and brought in with you at the initial consultation;
- An outline of the fee structure for the initial consultation;
- Car parking Instructions
What happens at the first consultation?
Consultation & Clinical Examination
Your doctor will assess your medical history and perform a clinical examination of your areas of concern. Clinical photographs of these areas of concern will also need to be obtained for your medical file.
However, clinical examination alone is insufficient, to accurately ‘map out the problem veins’ so patients will also require a duplex ultrasound scan on the legs.
Duplex Ultrasound Scan
This very detailed duplex ultrasound scan will be performed by our experienced Vascular Sonographer. It usually takes 30-45 minutes and will outline all the abnormal veins in the affected legs. The scan will be bulk billed and will form the basis for your treatment plan.
Duplex ultrasound is widely used in various medical fields such as in obstetrics and breast cancer screening. It utilises sound waves to indicate the presence of any underlying venous abnormalities.
Your Tailored Treatment Plan
Once all the information is collected Dr Paraskevas will explain the findings and create a custom treatment plan. Dr Paraskevas will detail the type of procedures you are a candidate for, and how many treatments will be required. You will also have time to ask questions about your symptoms, your treatment plan, and your recovery.
Treatment costs and Medicare Rebates
Finally, you will be provided with an itemised costing for your treatment plan – including all applicable Medicare rebates.
Up to 90-minute consultation including clinical examination, duplex ultrasound scan, treatment plan, and costings for treatment.
Medicare reimburses $73.
Frequently Asked Questions about Your First Visit
Do I need a referral from a GP?
No, but we prefer it. A referral from a general practitioner provides all the necessary, essential information about your medical history which may need to be considered in the treatment of a vein condition and it gives us access to report back to your family doctor.
Does the injection procedure hurt?
The amount of discomfort felt will vary with the individual. The needles used are extremely fine (similar to acupuncture needles) and many are hardly felt at all. The injected solution can sting slightly for short periods of time. If EVLA is used, then minimal discomfort is experienced as it is performed under local anaesthetic.
Will vein treatment interfere with my work or home duties?
This is a walk-in, walk-out procedure. Most treatments take about 30 minutes to perform. Following treatment, your daily routine should not be disrupted, normal duties can be resumed.
How many treatments will I require?
Your treatment protocol, which includes the number of treatments required, will be determined at your first consultation.
What are the costs of treatment?
The expected cost for treatment varies between individuals and will be provided in writing following your assessment.
Rebate is claimable through Medicare except for the smallest spider veins. In Australia, the Medicare Safety Net reimburses eligible patients 80% of out of pocket for medical expenses once a threshold has been reached. Please ensure that you are registered as a family or couple for the Medicare Safety Net.Forms can be provided at your initial consultation or are available online at Medicare Australia.
All payments are to be made on the day of review/treatment, by cash, eftpos, credit card or cheque. Amex and Diners cards are currently not accepted.
Do you offer a payment plan?
Medicare Rebate & Costs
The cost of treating varicose veins depends on severity of the veins as well as which treatment is used. We discuss these costs in detail at your initial consultation.