From the moment you first make contact with NSVC, you’ve embarked on a treatment plan that personally addresses you and your concerns. Undergoing any kind of medical treatment can be a disconcerting experience – thankfully our doctors and healthcare staff are here to offer you genuine support every step of the way. Read on for a step-by-step explanation of how we develop your personalised treatment plan.
Your questions answered
If you’ve made contact with us and have decided to visit the clinic for an initial consultation, bear in mind the specific concerns you’d like addressed. For example, are you suffering from pain? Are you worried about the appearance of your legs? Are you concerned that you might not be able to meet the cost of treatment?
These are common questions and are perfectly relevant to the development of your personalised treatment plan. After all, your treatment plan develops directly from your concerns – the problems you want sorted out. Some patients like to write a checklist before they come into the clinic so they make sure everything they’re worried about is on the table. Whatever you decide, our doctors are here to listen carefully to your healthcare issues and have your confidence at heart.
Consultation and diagnosis
After taking into account the specific problems you would like addressed, your doctor will conduct an examination in order to ascertain the extent of the disease you are suffering from. Generally speaking, your vein disease can be classified according to depth and degree (see the venous disease matrix below).
In terms of venous disease, depth refers literally to the depth of the veins affected. Your vein system is a tripartite structure: moving from without down into your body, you find surface veins, truncal veins, and deep veins.
Venous disease can also be classified according to three degrees of severity: mild, moderate, and severe. This way, your doctor can quickly establish a general diagnosis according to a matrix that classifies your disease in terms of depth and degree.
Medical imaging and diagnosis
Following this basic assessment, your doctor will conduct a more detailed physical examination and move to the imaging phase of the treatment cycle. NSVC has several forms of medical imaging available in-house, but the predominant tool is the latest in diagnostic ultrasound and colour Doppler scanning.
From consultation and imaging, your doctor can build a detailed diagnosis. This measured assessment informs the next phase in your treatment plan, the procedural stage. ‘Procedural’ is what the medical community collectively calls the actual treatment of a disease or disorder. ‘Proceduralists’ is the collective term for those that carry out medical procedures: surgeons, doctors etc.
Deciding on the best course of treatment
The course of procedural treatment is chosen to precisely coincide with diagnosis and is preceded by a careful explanation of the risks and expectations associated with a given procedure. In almost all cases, there is a range of treatment options available and your doctor will discuss each and every one of them with you.
At this stage, it is up to the patient to evaluate each treatment option and decide on the best course. Your doctor may advise that a particular procedure is the best option, but ultimately it is the patient’s prerogative.
You should choose the treatment that answers to your consideration of the associated risks (all procedures carry some degree of risk), the kind of procedure (invasive, minimally invasive, or non-invasive?), the cost of treatment, and the expected outcome (some treatments are more effective in the long-term than others, for example).
The procedures used by NSVC to treat venous disease are remarkably easy on the patient. They are essentially pain-free and usually effect immediately positive results. There is no need to take time out of work or play – in fact, you are up and walking (for at least 30 minutes, and every day thereafter for a few weeks) as soon as the procedure is completed.
As you are back on your feet straight after your vein treatment procedure, it is important to remember that post-procedural care is vital in ensuring a positive outcome in the long-term. Our doctors emphasise the importance of daily walking exercise, the use of compression stockings, and can advise you on healthy lifestyle choices to keep your veins properly pumping for years to come.
Some patients require several visits to the clinic in order to complete a course of treatment. Often this is because they suffer from complex venous disease or because their doctor has advised that a procedure be carried out on one leg at a time, for example.
Yet another portion of patients will inevitably return because their veins become, once again, diseased. Unfortunately, this is because venous disease is a chronic condition. However, most patients remain disease free for years after the completion of a successful treatment plan.