Many people ask us what causes varicose veins and as advanced as science is, the exact cause remains unknown. What we do know is that there are some factors that can be associated with the development of varicose veins, and these include:
- Varicose veins often run in families, so there is a genetic factor
- Ageing is another risk factor
- Use of the oral contraceptive pill might also be a factor
- Standing or sitting for long periods of time can contribute to varicose veins’ development
- Multiple pregnancies might also lead to varicose veins
In addition to the unsightly appearance of varicose veins, many people suffer from aching and throbbing legs. Left untreated, varicose veins have also been linked to more serious health concerns, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or blood clots. DVT is dangerous because most people don’t even know they have it. If a blood clot in the leg breaks free and travels to the heart, lungs or brain, it can lead to a medical emergency. Even without DVT, untreated varicose veins can lead to bulging veins and painful skin ulcers, which can be difficult to treat.
The good news is that modern varicose veins treatments in Melbourne are safe, quick, comfortable and highly effective for our patients. They are also minimally invasive, which means they only involve a needle stick or tiny incisions. There is no need to wait any longer to get those varicose veins removed.
Surgery-Free Varicose Vein Removal
The Vein Institute Melbourne uses the latest in non-surgical laser treatment to remove painful varicose veins for our patients.
Laser treatment is at least as safe and effective as traditional surgery and without:
- The need for a general anaesthetic – only local anaesthetics are used
- Significant scarring
- The need for hospitalisation – you’ll be in and out the same day
- A lengthy recovery period – you can return to your usual activities that day too
Varicose veins treatments in Melbourne include the following:
Endovenous Laser Ablation
- With EVLA, a very thin laser filament is inserted into the diseased vein and with the help of duplex ultrasound, we can guide the varicose veins laser to precisely the right spot to seal the vein shut permanently. Once the vein is sealed shut, the body begins to reabsorb it while at the same time redirecting the blood flow to healthier veins in the area. In this way, your circulation improves and your appearance improves as the sealed vein gradually fades away over a period of a few weeks.
Radio Frequency Ablation
- As with EVLA, a very thin laser filament is inserted into the diseased vein and with the help of ultrasound, we can guide the varicose veins laser to precisely the right spot to seal the vein shut permanently. However, instead of a laser, radiofrequency energy is used to seal the vein shut. The efficacy, safety, and results are similar to those of EVLA.
- Venasealtm is a modern, non-surgical treatment that uses a medical adhesive to treat varicose veins. The glue is a safe, medical grade adhesive that is used to seal shut the large saphenous vein in the thigh. There is no heat used, so there is no risk of burns or nerve damage, and the glue sets within minutes, meaning your recovery is quick and easy. No compression stockings are necessary after the use of medical superglue, and you can return to your usual activities the very same day.
The best treatment modality for you will depend on a number of factors, including the extent and location of your varicose veins. At your first appointment, we’ll determine the best treatment options for your particular situation.
Your first appointment at The Vein Institute Melbourne
You are more than just a medical case to us. It is important for us to get to know all our patients, including their health and aesthetic concerns and goals. Therefore, all new patients come to see the doctors at The Vein Institute Melbourne for a first appointment prior to undergoing treatment. The first appointment includes:
- A painless ultrasound scan of your legs. Ultrasound allows us to visualise the veins deep beneath the surface of the skin, which ensures that all veins that need treatment will get treatment.
- A meeting with the Doctor who will discuss your concerns and objectives with you, review your scan, assess your varicose veins and provide a treatment program for you.
- A meeting with our Patient Liaison Manager to discuss your treatment plan costs and to schedule your next appointments.
For varicose veins treatment in Melbourne, you do not require a GP Referral. Simply book your first consultation by calling the clinic or submitting an appointment request. We look forward to meeting you.
Medical Specialists on Collins, Lvl 4, 250 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000