Frequently Asked Questions

How does IV therapy work?

IV therapy works by infusing essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids directly into the body. Bypassing the digestive tract allows for 100% absorption of all nutrients, which makes them immediately available for cellular use.

Will I feel the effects immediately?

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Who is administering my IV?

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Can anyone receive an IV?

We recommend that individuals over the age of 18 receive IV Therapy & Booster Shots. If you have a specific need, please reach out to us directly.

What’s the Difference Between an IV Drip & A Booster Shot?

IV is an abbreviation for “intravenous”. To administer an IV Drip, a small plastic tube (catheter) is inserted into a vein using a needle that is quickly removed once the plastic tube is advanced into the vein. IV Drips consist of 250-1000 ml of fluid with a mixture of vitamins and antioxidants. The intravenous route is the fastest way to deliver fluids and vitamins throughout the body with 100 % absorption into the bloodstream. IV Drips usually take 30-45 min to infuse.

A Vitamin Booster Shot is a quick 10-second injection that delivers a few vitamins intramuscularly, directly into the gluteal or deltoid muscle. There is no IV access required with vitamin boosters. The dosages of vitamins also differ due to smaller volumes being injected into the muscle. The booster shot muscle absorption is surprisingly nearly equal to that of IV going directly into the bloodstream.

What is the risk of infection?

While IV Vitamin Therapy and vitamin injections are not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle, they can supplement what’s missing from your diet and provide your body with the essential nutrients it needs to boost immunity, increase energy levels, and encourage the healing process. And research is growing by the day. Please refer to this article

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Does Medical Aid pay?

Generally medical aid does not cover IV supplements. However, if one has iron deficiency anemia, most medical aids will cover the cost of the iron infusion under certain conditions.

How often can I use IV therapy?

We recommend a maximum of 2 drips per week or at least once per month, however it does also depend on what is being administered. And during that period, we recommend you listen to your own body.

Is IV therapy safe?

IV Therapy is generally safe under the supervision of your physician. All of our IV Therapy procedures are performed by Doctors licensed for IV Therapy. Our Doctors will always work with you to develop safe and appropriate treatment. IV Vitamin Therapy is a safe, effective, and minimally invasive method that is well tolerated by most people and has a low risk of serious adverse side effects. Before any treatment begins, the expert team at Optivein will test your vital signs, monitor your blood pressure, and carefully examine your health history. Doses will be adjusted to your individual needs, and every therapy session is conducted under strict medical supervision.

Should I stop taking supplements?

No. IV treatments do not replace healthy lifestyle and dietary practices which also include your high-quality supplements. You should stay on the recommended supplements. IV drip therapy is designed to support your health towards a more optimal level of well being.

Is there any evidence of IV therapy?

While IV Vitamin Therapy and vitamin injections are not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle, they can supplement what’s missing from your diet and provide your body with the essential nutrients it needs to boost immunity, increase energy levels, and encourage the healing process. And research is growing by the day. Please refer to this article

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Are there side-effects I should worry about?

With IV Vitamin Therapy, side effects are infrequent and minimal. The most common side effect is irritation at the IV insertion site. Some people may experience a sensation of warmth and flushing during treatment or have the taste of vitamins in their mouth shortly after the infusion. Though high doses of vitamins are more easily tolerated through IV Vitamin Therapy than oral vitamin supplements, it is a good idea to start with lower doses and work your way up to minimize discomfort or sensitivity. There is a very low risk of serious adverse side effects.

How does IV vitamin therapy improve your health?

IV Vitamin Therapy helps deliver antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients directly into your bloodstream, giving your immune system the building blocks, it needs to repair and protect your body. You may experience a surge in energy, a lift in mood, or an increased feeling of alertness.

What Results can I expect?

Everyone is different and therefore will experience varied results. Some feel more energised and detoxified after their infusion whereas others may not notice a physical difference but will have more vitamins in their system which are bioavailable for the body to absorb. It is also important to note that after an infusion one may feel more tired or flu-like initally, before one feels better, This is thought to be related to the detoxification process and the blast of vitamins you have presented to your cells which they may not be used to from your lifestyle.

Is IV drip therapy legal for athletes?

Whilst many of our clientele are athletes, and all infusions are certainly legal, if you are sponsored or have concerns, we advise you to check first with your sponsor or coach.

What happens after the Procedure?

Following the Procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the insertion point, and additional compression may be provided to aid your healing. We will encourage you to walk and to refrain from extended standing and strenuous actives for a short period of time. Most patients who undergo the closure procedure typically resume normal activities within 1 to 2 days.

How is the RFA Procedure done?

The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound, we will position the catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter powered by radio frequency energy delivers heat to the vein wall. As the thermal energy is delivered, the vein wall shrinks and the vein is sealed closed. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other health veins.

How soon after treatment will my symptoms improve?

Most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms within 1 to 2 weeks following the procedure.

Is the Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) Procedure painful?

Patients generally report feeling little, if any, pain during and after the procedure

Is there any scarring, bruising, or swelling after the procedure?

Most patients report minimal to no scarring, bruising, or swelling following the RFA procedure.

How quickly can I resume normal activity?

Patients are encouraged to walk immediately following the procedure, and most patients resume normal activities within 1 to 2 days.

How is the RFA different from vein stripping?

During vein stripping, incisions are made in the groin and calf, and a stripper tool is threaded through the diseased vein, to pull the vein out of the leg. With the RFA procedure, only one small incision is made at the insertion site and the vein is then closed and left in place. This minimally invasive approach virtually eliminates pain and bruising associated with vein stripping surgery.

Is the RFA Procedure covered by Medical Aid?

The RFA Procedure is covered by most Medical Aids for patients diagnosed with venous reflux.

Are all varicose veins the same?

Varicose veins generally refer to veins on the legs. There are different types, mainly depending on size. Spider or thread veins are known as telangiectasia’s or reticular veins being defined by size (<0.5mm and 0.5-3mm respectively), arise from the microcirculation and are predominantly a cosmetic problem. Actual varicose veins are those protruding out, generally more than 3 mm, but more importantly, are branches from deeper veins and are not just a cosmetic problem but also a health concern. Varicose veins may also occur in the pelvis causing “Pelvic Congestion Syndrome’ - a common condition in young women causing pelvis heaviness and pain. In this condition, the ovarian veins are actually varicose although they cannot be seen and there may or may not be concomitant groin or thigh veins present.

What are the main causes of varicose veins?

Varicose veins are genetic and run in families. There is a change in the ratio of collagen to muscle in a vein wall which weakens the wall and it dilates. Veins carry blood out of the leg and back to the heart against gravity. They therefore have valves within in them to prevent backflow of blood. When a vein dilates, these valves become incompetent and blood refluxes or ‘backflows’ into the leg. Less commonly, deep vein thrombosis may damage valves rendering them incompetent. Rarely veins are from congenital problems; where a patient is born without valves in the veins, or born with a vein malformation.

What is the biggest misconception about varicose veins?

The biggest misconception is that varicose veins are a cosmetic issue only. Varicose veins can cause many symptoms that affect quality of life, and the same process that causes unsightly veins in some, causes swelling, skin pigmentation, skin damage and ulceration (wounds) in others. It is all part of the same process and can be severe. Once skin pigmentation and damage have occurred, it is largely irreversible. The other misconception is that varicose veins should be not be treated. However, studies have shown that people with symptoms have decreased quality of life and treating venous disease properly is definitely worthwhile. Patients with vein problems are generally young and healthy and have long life expectancies. Thus treating them is certainly valuable. Another lack of understanding in the medical field, is that most leg wounds are actually from an underlying vein problem, however, patients are often not fully assessed and treated and only managed with dressings. Treating a venous cause surgically, makes a big difference to the rate of wound healing and reduces the rate of recurrence of wounds. All patients with leg wounds should have their vascular system properly evaluated. As venous disease is growing areas of intervention are becoming more and more recognized. A third of patients with pelvic congestion syndrome have a venous issue as the cause. Patients who have suffered from deep vein thrombosis, also often get leg problems and more effective ways of investigating and treating them are becoming available.

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