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Comparing Varicose Veins Treatments

Types of Varicose Veins Treatments

These days, there are more choices than ever for effective treatment of your varicose veins. Modern varicose vein treatments have come a long way since the old days of vein stripping and other surgical procedures that required patients to be in hospital, have general anaesthesia, and experience long recovery times after their procedures –and often the procedures didn’t even work for very long. Just a few decades ago, most people who had varicose veins preferred to “live with them” rather than seek treatment. That has all changed, thanks to significant improvements in the possibilities for treatment – and for healthier, more attractive legs.

Modern varicose vein treatment is faster, safer and more reliable

At The Vein Institute, the treatments we use for varicose veins are all non-surgical, minimally invasive, walk-in-walk-out procedures. The term “minimally invasive” means that the techniques only require a needle stick or tiny incisions to complete, thus reducing the trauma to the body. In addition, all of our procedures:

  • Are extremely effective
  • Are performed in our clinic (no hospitalisation)
  • Require no little time or time away from work
  • Require no general anaesthetic
  • Have a higher success rate than previously achieved

Comparing Modern Vein Treatments

One of the most popular treatments is a technique called ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. For this procedure, we first numb the area with a local anaesthetic, and then we insert a tiny catheter into a varicose vein to inject a sealant. This sealant is a chemical agent that makes the walls of the vein stick to each other, causing the entire vein to collapse. Within a short time, the now-closed vein is absorbed into surrounding tissues, and blood flow is automatically re-routed to healthier veins in the area. A few weeks later, all traces of the veins on the surface of the skin have disappeared.

Another example is endovenous laser ablation, which uses the heat from a laser beam to seal shut diseased veins instead of the chemical agents used in sclerotherapy. Like sclerotherapy, the heat is introduced into the diseased vein through a very thin catheter. A related technique is called radiofrequency ablation, which uses the heat of radiofrequency waves to close diseased veins, instead of lasers or chemical agents. These two procedures are well suited for large varicose veins. Like sclerotherapy, these procedures require very little recovery time because there is no major operation to recover from.

In addition, we are one of the pioneers in Australia of a modern non-surgical technique called medical superglue (Venaseal™), which uses a tested medical adhesive to safely and effectively close varicose veins. Benefits of this method are that the medical superglue sets within minutes, and there is no need for the prolonged heating process associated with other treatments.

How can I find out more about modern, minimally-invasive vein treatments?

To learn more about each of these treatment methodologies, you can spend a little time looking over the numerous articles we make available on our blog. Or if you prefer asking your questions directly, just give the team at The Vein Institute a call at 1 300 535 017. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you find the varicose vein treatment that is best for you if necessary.

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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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