Many people avoid having varicose veins treated as they believe the procedure can be invasive and painful. This is a myth. Technology has improved dramatically over the years, which provides patients with a variety of treatment options that are considered to be practically painless. The different treatment options and any pain associated with them below.

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Does it Hurt to Have Varicose Veins Treated?

For the vast majority of patients, no. The procedures are considered to be minimally invasive with most patients only experiencing mild discomfort. This mild discomfort can come from the initial sting from the local anaesthetic. This usually lasts around 20-30 seconds. The doctor will arrange medication or supplements prior to the procedure if needed to minimise pain and discomfort. This helps to reduce anxiety and produce a calming effect. For patients taking these medications or supplements, a carer or relative is required to transport you home.


What are the Types of Non-invasive Treatments we Offer at The Vein Institute?

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

This treatment is non-surgical, with no scarring and virtually no downtime. A specialised medication is injected into the diseased veins to collapse the vein and allow the body to absorb the sealed vein. The appearance usually improves over a few weeks and continues to improve for about three months.

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Endovenous Therapy

Also known as endovenous laser ablation or radiofrequency ablation. Treatments are performed in one of our clinics using local anaesthetic. The treatment is a minimally invasive and is considered a gold standard treatment requiring no hospitalisation or general anaesthetic.

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Venaseal “Medical Super Glue”

Venaseal is a modern, non-surgical treatment that uses a medical adhesive to treat varicose veins. Medical superglue sets within minutes, which means that it has a faster healing process than other treatments.

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Compression Therapy

Patients who have small varicose veins may relief from their symptoms by wearing compression stockings.

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With advancements in technology, treatments are now practically painless. If you have been putting off varicose vein treatment it may put your mind to ease that our “gold standard” treatments are all walk-in, walk-out, require minimal downtime, no hospital stay, or general anaesthetic. To talk to one of our Patient Liaison Managers or Doctors, call us on 1300 535 017.

About Dr Zil Yassine

Dr Zil Yassine (BA MBBS Uni. NSW, MA Harvard, Fellow (College of Phlebology UK) specialises in the non surgical treatment of varicose veins. He completed training as a Specialist General Practitioner (FRACGP 2014) in Sydney before successfully completing the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine examinations that same year. He has been a doctor for over 10 years and has performed thousands of venous interventions and gives talks on vein treatments at vascular surgeon conferences. Dr Yassine also holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Surgery (UNSW), Masters of Arts (Harvard University), Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound in Phlebology (ACP).

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