Varicose Vein Treatment in South Africa

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About the Varicose Vein Treatment

Varicose veins are the veins that are enlarged and twisted. Because of its appearance, varicose veins are also known as spider veins. The term varicose vein is generally used for the enlarged and swollen veins in the leg, though the condition can possibly affect any part of the body. Varicose veins are not a problem unless there is an extensive pain and swelling, discomfort, and wound opening at the affected site.

The vein valves that prevent the backflow of blood lose their integrity, thus leading to backflow of the blood. This causes swelling and inflammation of the leg, requiring varicose vein treatment or vein removal. Varicose veins are common in superficial veins that are prone to increased pressure when standing.

The following therapies may be used for varicose vein treatment:

  • Sclerotherapy
  • Foam sclerotherapy
  • Laser surgery (endovenous laser treatment)
  • High ligation and vein stripping
  • Ambulatory vein phlebectomy
  • Endoscopic vein surgery

How is Varicose Vein Treatment performed?

The sequential steps of the endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) are:

  • The patient will be instructed to wear the surgical gown. Special eyeglasses are provided to prevent damage from the laser light.
  • The primary healthcare provider will anaesthetize the area where the catheter is to be inserted. Local anaesthesia is provided to the vein which has to be operated.
  • A Doppler ultrasound device is used to check the vein before and after the treatment.
  • This process involves the use of sound waves across the vein by which the image of the vein is displayed on the computer.
  • The provider will make a small incision in the skin of the affected leg, and a catheter is inserted. A beam of laser light is then passed through the catheter.
  • The catheter is then pulled out, and the skin is dressed.
  • The vein will close and eventually absorbed by the body.

Recovery from Varicose Vein Treatment

  • The physician may ask you to walk immediately after the surgery for about 30-60 minutes.
  • The bruises of the surgery would fade in about 2 weeks. The physician may advise you to do certain things at home.
  • Put ice-pack over the swelling for at least 15 minutes.
  • You should check the incision area every day. Light pink fluid over the bandage is a common observation.
  • Avoid exposing the incisions to moisture or water for at least 48 hours. Better take a sponge bath till the bandages are removed.
  • Avoid sitting or standing for a longer duration, raise the legs while in rest.
  • Make a practice of wearing compression stockings for few weeks. This helps to prevent the pooling of the blood in the leg and prevents the swelling of the leg.
  • Walk for 10 to 20 minutes each day for at least 10 days.
  • Take proper precautionary measures while using over-the-counter drugs. Clarify with the physician before the use of the drugs.

The physician should be consulted when there is redness, warmth, and fluid drainage from the incisions after spider vein treatment. Increasing pain and swelling should also be reported.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of South Africa / Why should opt for South Africa as a destination for your medical treatment?
Like most countries, hospitals in South Africa are based upon public and private healthcare systems. There are three main levels of healthcare based upon the payment method of the patient.
  • The full paying patients are those who usually prefer to be treated by a doctor working in the private sector. They can also be funded by an external source. Many non-South African citizens also prefer this treatment service.
  • Fully subsidized patients are those who have been referred from a Primary Healthcare Service Hospital.
  • Partially subsidized patients are patients whose costs are subsidized based on the amount of their income.
The public healthcare system has three main centers for health under its wing:
  • Clinics - These are run by trained professionals and nurses. They can serve as the first point of contact for a patient.
  • Community Healthcare Centre - This is a bigger setup, complete with full-fledged services and doctors and nurses.
  • Hospital - A patient usually gets here after a referral from a clinic or community health center. One can also go in for emergencies. A hospital provides various services like performing surgery and treating chronic illnesses.
Hospitals in South Africa are gearing up to tackle major illnesses and to provide better treatment options. The South African government is also working to introduce policies and towards accommodating more patients from all across the world. It is a great country to find affordable treatment options.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Africa? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals
The Joint Commission International (JCI) accredits and certifies most health care organizations and programs all around the world. Joint Commission International Accreditation and Certification is recognized as the global leader for health care quality of care and patient safety.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Africa of the best quality?
Doctors associated with Medigence are of the best quality. We hope to give our patients a pleasant experience and the best doctors we can find. Since South Africa has a lot of requirements in the field of healthcare, the country attracts doctors from all over the world to contribute their services. This can help to ensure that even you receive the best quality of doctors.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Africa?
One can apply for a visa to South Africa for a period of 90 days. The High Commission of India can then help one decide for how long a visa can be extended. This usually differs from person to person. The Medical Visa allows a person to stay for a maximum of six months with a valid visa. After this, one can go to the FRO office ( Foreigner’s Registration Office ) or FRRO (Foreigner's Regional Registration Office) and request for an extension. Do note that the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the High Commission of India and not on the date of departure. Applications for visas will not be accepted more than 30 days prior to departure.
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Which are the best cities in South Africa for medical treatment?
While many cities are striving to create some of the best hospitals in South Africa, Durban, Lenasia, and Cape Town already have some very good hospitals for treatment in South Africa. Located in Durban, Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre is a reasonable and affordable hospital in South Africa. Life Kingsbury Hospital in Capetown provides a holistic healing environment for patients. One can also opt for the Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital in Lenasia. This hospital has been running for nearly 30 years now and various medical facilities can be availed from here.

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