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New Year, New Legs

Hello and welcome to our first blog post for 2017!

For most of us January is proving to be an absolute scorcher and it is way too hot to be letting your varicose veins hold you back from wearing shorts!

Many sufferers from varicose veins prefer not to wear shorts or clothes that expose their legs, embarrassed by the appearance of their varicose veins.  And all too often we hear from patients who have put off treatment for years under the impression that the only option would be to undergo surgery.

This couldn’t be further than the truth. The latest treatment procedure for Varicose Veins is called Endovenous Laser Ablation or EVLA for short. It allows patients to be treated in a clinic rather than a hospital and as it is a non-surgical procedure it means patients are up and walking immediately after the procedure has been completed.

In this blog post, we’ll dive deeper into the EVLA procedure to give you a better understanding of what you can expect when undergoing this procedure to remove varicose veins.

What is Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)?

EVLA is a Varicose Veins Laser Treatment performed in our clinic under local anaesthetic.

How does it work?

After a local anaesthetic is applied to the leg, the laser is inserted into the varicose vein. In this procedure, the laser energy damages the vein wall and seals of the faulty vein. The damaged vein eventually disappears as the body reabsorbs it over time.

This video gives you an overview of how this procedure works.

How long does the procedure take?

Every patient is different but on average the EVLA procedure takes 60 – 90 minutes.

Is the procedure painful?

There is a slight sting when the local anaesthetic is applied. During the laser treatment there is a small amount of discomfort.

After the procedure, there is sometimes some mild soreness around the area of the leg that was treated.

Can I walk after the treatment?

Yes, you can walk after treatment.  This is one of the biggest benefits of laser treatment, the downtime in comparison to surgery is minimal.

Do I need to wear compression stockings?

Our patients are required to wear compression bandages for 3 days after treatment.

Does it remove my varicose veins completely?

We have a 98% success rate of completely removing the varicose vein. Below is an example of the outcome we have achieved through EVLA.

Don’t just take it from us, recently A Current Affair on Channel 9 ran a story on the treatment of Varicose Veins, take a look at what patients had to say about the success of their treatment.

Make an informed decision.

No medical procedure should be considered without due diligence, that is why all our patients undergo an initial first consultation with our Medical Director Dr Zil Yassine. During this consultation, an ultrasound scan of your legs is taken to give us a thorough understanding of the severity of the varicose veins which then allows Dr Yassine to prescribe you with the most suitable treatment program.

After your first consultation, you are armed with the information to allow you to make an informed decision as to whether not the treatment program is suitable for you and your circumstances.

To book in for your first consultation and to discuss our treatment program call 1300 535 017 or complete the form below to receive a call back from one of The Vein Institute team.



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Varicose veins are leg veins which do not pump blood effectively back to the heart and can be often seen as bulging veins just underneath your skin on either leg. These varicose veins have valves in them which are not working effectively so that blood which is meant to be pushed towards the heart, leaks downwards toward the legs. There are other leg veins which are still working, so blood does eventually arrive through other routes to your heart. However, varicose veins do exert added pressure on your circulatory system. Read More.

Endovenous Laser Ablation is a Varicose Veins Laser Treatment performed in our clinic under local anaesthetic. This new procedure is an excellent treatment option for most patients with varicose veins and is considered slightly more effective than surgery but without the need for hospitalization. Read More.

This is an endovenous treatment (meaning treating the vein on the inside). It is generally accepted to be associated with less pain and bruising than endovenous laser ablation. It is a “gold standard” form of treatment for large varicose leg veins treatment as the procedure requires no hospitalization or time of work yet is at least as effective as surgery. Read More.

Venaseal™ or ‘superglue’ treatment by Sapheon is the latest surgery free procedure that uses a medical adhesive to safely and effectively treat varicose veins. Unlike other treatments, Venaseal™ does not require tumescent local anaesthetic around the vein, so there is usually only one local anaesthetic injection. The Venaseal™ non surgical treatment procedure also eliminates the use of heat (or thermal energy) so there is virtually no risk of nerve or skin injury or any major reaction to the anaesthetic. Read More.

Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy allows our doctors to visually guide and monitor a needle to the exact source of the incompetent vein (valve) to be injected. By using ultrasound we can treat more quickly and safely larger and deeper veins that once required more invasive surgical treatment. Foam sclerotherapy is the new form of delivering the sclerosing agent that allows us to treat larger varicose veins that might be unsuccessfully treated with conventional sclerotherapy. The foam solution has the consistency of ‘shaving cream’, which improves treatment in two distinct ways. Read More.

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