What are the Treatment Options for Varicose Veins:
For varicose veins of the legs, the traditional treatment was surgery, which is still carried out on the most severe cases. The problem with the surgery, is that it’s quite an lengthy operation, there are side effects and risks associated with it, and the biggest problem is that the operation doesn’t always work well (there is a high chance that these veins will come back again).
Newer techniques have been developed over the last ten years or so and these are far superior for nearly all the varicose veins seen.
The most common of these is Endovenous Laser Ablation Treatment.
Endovenous Laser Ablation is an effective minimally invasive treatment which is now the now the gold standard treatment in Australia and worldwide. It is a much gentler technique and does not involve any general anaesthetic. It is carried out in most cases as a “walk in, walk out” procedure. We use a little bit of local anaesthetic. The treatment entails putting a needle into the vein that we want to destroy, and then passing a laser fibre through that needle into and along the vein. To stop the laser heat and light from hurting you, we inject a lot of local anaesthetic solution around the vein. When the local anaesthetic is in place, we pull the laser fibre out heating the vein up all the way along which destroys it.
Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation is very similar to Laser Ablation exceot this time the heat is generated by Radiofrequency waves instead of a Laser Fibre. The results are remarkably similar however at Contour we prefer Laser Ablation due to its more precise nature.
Clarivein is another newer treatment option which combines the use of both mechanical action and chemical action. The treatment is delivered using a catheter which the surgeon inserts into the vein. Once inside the vein the catheter is rotated and then slowly withdrawn and a special chemical is inserted. It has become a popular treatment but complete obliteration of the vein is not as successful as Laser Ablation.
VenaSeal Glue – This is one of the newest treatment options on the market. VenaSeal is a Medical Super Glue and as the name sounds it delivers a precise amount of medical adhesive to the troublesome vein, sealing it off and rerouting the blood back to the nearby healthy vessels. Medical Super Glue is the next generation in treatment for varicose veins. The short-term results have been very impressive, and we offer this advanced treatment at Contour Clinics.