The Vein Clinic
- Veins are 100% of what we doConsultation 30 minutes average
- Dr Matar double checks sonographer Scans patient to plan treatment
- Expert Radiologist > 20yr experience in venous ultrasound
- Scans done "in house" to maintain standards
- Trained by leading vein experts
- Latest technology (1470nm) laser equipment
- Single use disposable "Radial fibres"
- Perforator veins treated with laser
- Saphenous and non-saphenous EVLA
- Expert in solo ultrasound guided injections
- All care steps performed "in house" by specialist
- Expert in Latest non-thermal technology i.e. Venaseal™
- Veins are 20% of what we do
- Consultation may be 4 - 5 minutes
- Treatment plan from sonographers map
- Doctor with no formal ultrasound training
- Scan may be outsourced
- Trained by laser or RF salesman
- Older generation laser (more painful recovery)
- Cheaper "bare fibres", used on multiple patients
- Perforator veins not treated or surgically treated
- Saphenous EVLA only
- Requires sonographer to guide injections
- Components of care offsite by non-specialists
- Non-thermal techniques not offered
We do not quote prices on the website as it can be misleading.
Treatment is very individualised and depends on the extent of the vein problem, the method of treatment, the number of treatments required, the time taken for each treatment, the expense of the consumables used and your individual healing.
The treatment options and costing can only be determined after we have performed a detailed scan and consultation and determined what your goals and expectations are.
The final total cost to fully treat your legs will also depend on your desired "end point".
If your goal is symptom relief, this can usually be achieved in one treatment.
If you goal is a "cosmetic outcome", costs will depend on how extensive the varicose and spider veins are and how many treatments and types of treatment are required to obtain the desired result.
There are also a number of steps and associated costs other than the main treatment cost that may apply in achieving the final desired result. If comparing costs between clinics you need to compare "apples with apples" and consider the total "out of pocket" expense for ALL of the costs DIRECT & INDIRECT below.
HEALTH FUNDS: Not much help
The newer vein treatments including endovenous laser have been designed and classified as an outpatient procedure, this is to reduce overall costs on the health care system (admission fees, bed fees, theatre fees, anaesthetist fees etc.). Therefore, the cost of these procedures is not covered by private health insurance.
Health funds will often contribute up to 80% of the cost of stockings worn following procedures.
Health funds will however cover old fashioned surgical stripping performed in a private hospital but cost savings may be minimal (if any) when ALL costs are considered (see below).
There is a Medicare rebate for most of the non-surgical procedures however it rarely covers even the costs of consumable items let alone the overheads of providing a state of the art treatment centre with modern laser, ultrasound, safety equipment, premises, insurance, staff etc. This of course means that out of pocket expenses are encountered.
SCLEROTHERAPY CLINICS: Buyer beware
There are some clinics that offer a “one size fits all” approach to varicose vein treatment. They offer “foam sclerotherapy” as a stand-alone treatment for everyone and claim results are “just as good as laser without the expense”. This is not supported by the medical literature, international experts or from our experience in seeing a large number of patients coming to us for second opinion after “failed treatment” at such clinics.
SECOND OPINION: Please let us give you our opinion
We do see patients from time to time that have been to another practitioner and were not happy with how they were treated (usually rushed through a 5 minute consultation) and wish to have a second opinion and quote for treatment.
If you have seen another practitioner and have a written quote for laser treatment we will offer a “free” second opinion and quote subject to conditions below*.
If your assessment and quote are more than six months old, a small out of pocket fee (< $150) will apply.
PRICE MATCHING: We may surprise you
We compete on quality rather than price and feel we offer a level of expertise and service that is unsurpassed. Our fees are designed to be as competitive as possible whilst allowing us to maintain state of the art facilities and care.
Our treatment plans however will often work out to cost less money “out of pocket” than similar treatment with alternative providers once all components of your patient journey are factored in (see direct costs above).