What is a Phlebologist?
A phlebologist is a medically qualified doctor with post-graduate training for expert diagnosis and treatment of many forms of venous disease. This covers varicose and spider veins, clotting disorders, vascular birthmarks, leg ulcers, and related conditions. In Australia, the title of “Phlebologist” is given to Fellows of the Australasian College of Phlebology who have undergone intensive, long-term training and examination.
What can a Phlebologist do for you?
If you have problem varicose and spider veins and any similar troubles, a Phlebologist will use a specialised Vascular Ultrasound to identify the problem and can then take steps to treat or remove the veins.
Ultrasound guided Sclerotherapy is a powerful tool utilized by Phlebologists when treating varicose veins. It involves the injection of a sclerosant (a special solution that causes veins to collapse and eventually harden over) into the problem veins. This was, of course, a wonderful advancement in vein treatment, as it meant there was no need to undertake invasive vein stripping surgery in order to remove the veins. Phlebologists here in Australia and around the world were instrumental in the modern-day advancements in Sclerotherapy, which when used correctly, can help heal venous ulceration and severe varicose vein skin changes.
Phlebologists in Australia were also pivotal in the introduction of the Department of Health Approval of Endovenous Ablation techniques to treat larger internal veins. These techniques are gradually replacing traditional stripping and in many countries such as the U.S. and U.K., are the first-line recommended treatments. These state-of-the-art treatments include Endovenous Laser Ablation and Radiofrequency Ablation.
More recently, Phlebologists have introduced a remarkable new advancement in the treatment of Saphenous Veins, namely Medical Adhesive Vein Closure. This treatment involves the application of Medical Grade “Super-glue” into the damaged vein to safely and permanently seal the vein shut.
Do I need a referral from a GP to see a Phlebologist?
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.
Is a visit to and treatment by a Phlebologist covered by Medicare?
Medicare rebates are available for both your initial visit and ongoing treatment with an accredited Phlebologist.
What will the Phlebologist do during a consultation?
On your first visit to Vein Health in Melbourne, our treating Phlebologist will carry out a comprehensive consultation and ultrasound examination. This will outline all the abnormal veins in the affected leg(s). Once all the information is collected, the doctor will explain the findings and a comprehensive treatment plan and cost schedule will be provided.