FAQs About the Clinic
Where is the clinic based?
The Dawali Clinic is part of the DermaOne Medical Centre based in Capital Medical Centre, 7th floor . Click here for map.
What are the opening hours?
The Dawali Clinic is open Sunday-Thursday from 9.00-20.00.
How can I make an appointment?
You can make an appointment by calling the Reception between 10.00-21.00 Saturday-Thursday on (+973) 172 40042. Reception is closed on Friday.
FAQs About Varicose Veins
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are swollen, twisted, often unsightly blue veins in the legs, close to the surface of the skin. Because their valves are damaged, varicose veins hold more blood at higher pressure than normal veins, forcing fluid into the surrounding tissue, causing swelling and often pain. They generally occur in the legs.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are small clusters of red, blue or purple veins that lay closer to
the surface of the skin than varicose veins. They can look like tree branches or
spider webs and most commonly appear on the thighs, calves and ankles. Spider
veins cause no pain or discomfort and so are considered a cosmetic problem. They are easily treated by a technique known as ‘sclerotherapy’. With this
treatment, a solution is injected into an incompetent (leaky) vein, causing it
to ‘spasm’ or close up.
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
Varicose veins may ache and itch, and legs can become tired, heavy and painful. The feet and ankles may swell because of poor blood flow. Left untreated, varicose veins can eventually rupture or cause leg ulcers.
Who is at risk for varicose veins?
Those over the age of 50 represent the major at-risk demographic for varicose veins, with women being more vulnerable than men. Genetics are a risk factor for varicose veins, as are obesity and pregnancy. People whose jobs require long periods of standing are particularly vulnerable.
What is the conservative treatment for varicose veins?
Walking, running, wearing compression hose, elevating and resting the legs may relieve some of the symptoms of varicose veins (in the case of obesity, weight reduction is also helpful), and may prevent the condition from worsening. Should the veins continue to deteriorate, however, more aggressive procedures may be required.
What is sclerotherapy?
With this treatment, a solution is injected into an incompetent (leaky) vein, causing it to “spasm” or close up. Sclerotherapy is most effective on smaller surface veins, such as spider veins.
What is vein stripping?
Vein stripping is the surgical removal of a diseased saphenous vein. Under general anesthesia, incisions are made in the groin and lower leg, and all or part of the vein is tied off and removed. As medically advanced procedures have evolved, vein stripping has become a rarely used technique.
What is an ablation procedure?
Ablation procedures are minimally invasive surgical treatments for the venous disease underlying the appearance of varicose veins. A combination of laser or radiofrequency (RF) energy is used to close the saphenous vein. A catheter delivers heat to the vein wall, causing the collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, generally in a doctor’s office. While these procedures take approximately 20 minutes, patients may spend 2-3 hours at the medical facility due to routine pre- and post-treatment procedures. Patients can then leave with virtually no pain, and ablation provides rapid and mild patient recovery. The post-operative regimen consists of walking and wearing compression hose on the treated area for a few days.
Does an ablation procedure eliminate all varicose veins?
In most cases, while the procedure treats venous disease, the underlying cause of varicose veins, the damage done to the veins by years of reflux may be irreversible. In such cases, physicians typically perform a different procedure, known as phlebectomy, to remove the remaining varicose veins at the time the ablation procedure is performed.
Will medical insurance cover these procedures?
In most cases, these procedures are covered by medical insurance if the physician’s diagnosis indicates a medical necessity. Procedures performed for purely cosmetic reasons are usually not covered by insurance.
What potential risks and complications are associated with these procedures?
As with all venous procedures, risks are present and potential complications can include thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, hematoma, infection, skin burns and paresthesia (a tingling, tickling, prickling or burning sensation). Complications are rare – however, all patients should consult their physicians to determine their risk for complications.