Meet a remarkable 73-year-old golf enthusiast who walked into our Melbourne clinic, troubled by the unsightly bulgy varicose veins that marred the medial aspect of his lower left leg. His battle with these abnormal veins began in his 40s, slowly worsening over the years and causing him heaviness and cramps. These symptoms would intensify during long hours of standing or on scorching days, but he would find relief with rest, leg elevation, and the faithful use of compression stockings. These are telltale signs of troublesome varicose veins. However, it wasn't just the appearance of these veins that concerned him; their impact on his golf game on hot days was a challenge he couldn't ignore.
Veins Treatment Procedure
The source of these protruding veins was a truncal vein known as the Great Saphenous Vein (GSV), which was discovered after careful investigation revealed varices on just one side. During his first visit to our clinic, we quickly performed a Duplex Ultrasound (DU) check to determine the source of the problem.
Our strategy was clear: we needed to address the source of these surface varices. The very efficient Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) technology, applied while receiving local anaesthesia, held the key to the problem. When carried out by trained hands, this procedure claims a phenomenal success rate of up to 95%. Additionally, since it is an outpatient treatment, the patient may enter and exit the facility on the same day.
Post-procedure, we recommended the use of compression stockings during the day for a week. Remarkably, the patient experienced minimal discomfort and was able to resume his work and golfing activities the very next day.
But that wasn't the end of the journey. Following the EVLA, we embarked on the next phase of treatment: Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS). This procedure was aimed at targeting both visible and non-visible abnormal branches of the refluxing (abnormal) GSV. The patient's response to UGS was nothing short of remarkable; he tolerated it exceptionally well.
Fast forward 8 weeks, and the transformation was astounding. After just two sessions of this comprehensive treatment cycle, we took a photograph that captured the incredible results. The patient was not only delighted with the aesthetic improvement but also thrilled that his troublesome symptoms had vanished.
This success story is a testament to the power of medical expertise and cutting-edge treatments. At the Melbourne Varicose Vein Clinic, we take pride in restoring the health and confidence of our patients, helping them get back to the activities they love.