FAQ’s Do you only treat privately insured patients? Dr Brendan Stanley consults and operates on patients in both the private and public hospital system. Dr Stanley believes that access to quality care and the best clinicians should not come at the expense of financial hardship. Brendan strives to maintain minimum waiting times for all patients to receive comprehensive consultation in which patient history, skilled diagnosis and the best treatment plan can be provided. What hours are you rooms open? Dr Stanley’s consulting rooms are open from 8:30am - 4:30pm. Sometimes the patient may require more time to discuss their condition during the appointment time and of course Dr Stanley will be available to provide the required information to the patient and their family. Dr Stanley may be contacted in the rooms, by email and in emergencies by mobile phone outside these hours. What does interventional vascular surgery mean? Interventional vascular surgical procedures are carried out using radiological images to diagnose and treat blockages and aneurysms within blood vessels. These techniques are minimally invasive procedures performed through small incisions in the groin which allow access to the artery. Dr Stanley has a visual image of the artery on a monitor which guides treatment of the disease process via balloons and stents. Similarly, the more recently developed interventional techniques of atherectomy and lithotripsy have helped in the treatment of the problematic condition of heavily calcified arteries. These interventional procedures are mainly performed under local anaesthetic and sedation with a single overnight stay. Dr Stanley treats 90% of his vascular patients with these minimally invasive interventional techniques. What is the difference between open surgery and interventional surgery? Traditional open surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic through large incisions which carries a greater risk of infection, higher morbidity and mortality rates and requires longer hospital stays and recovery times than the more recent interventional procedures. In contrast, interventional procedures are minimally invasive as they usually performed under local anaesthetic as a day case and are performed through small incisions using catheters, balloons and stents. This benefits the patient because of the reduced risk of infection, lower pain from surgery, quicker healing and recovery time and reduced morbidity and mortality. At Dr Stanleys practice, interventional procedures are used in 90% of cases. What are the out of pocket costs of my operation? Dr Brendan Stanley is a NO GAP PROVIDER and therefore your private health insurer will cover all costs of procedures carried out by him in the hospital. What is a vascular ultrasound? Ultrasound is a noninvasive test that is used to examine the arteries and veins. Vascular ultrasound imaging directs sound waves to the part of the vascular system that the Dr Stanley wants to examine and this creates an image of the blood vessels of interest. He commonly uses this as an initial investigation to determine the status of the arteries or veins as it is non invasive and painless to the patient and allows accurate planning of treatment. Will the treatment of varicose veins hurt? The treatment of varicose veins can lead to some discomfort however most patients will only require Panadol as pain relief on leaving hospital. What is the best treatment of varicose veins and will my health fund cover the cost? Varicose veins can be treated by an operation or laser treatment. Each patient needs individual assessment as some patients maybe only suitable for one or the other procedure. It is important to discuss all treatment options for each patient. Laser treatment involves inserting a tube or catheter into the affected vein and heat at the end of the catheter causes the vein to collapse and seal shut. Varicose veins may also be treated by “stripping” or tying off the vein and removing them through small incisions. Open surgery in hospital will be covered by your private insurance. Laser surgery often incurs out of pocket costs. Dr Stanley will discuss all options and costs with you and will tailor treatment to your needs and requirements. Sclerotherapy is often used to treat smaller to medium varicose veins. This procedure can be performed in the rooms and nvolves the injection of foam or solution directly into the small or spider veins that collapses the vein and seals it.