Meet a resilient 57-year-old gentleman who walked into our Melbourne clinic burdened by the presence of unsightly and bulgy varicose veins along the medial aspect of his legs. His battle with these visible veins commenced in his 40s, and over time, the condition escalated, causing both him and his family understandable distress about the appearance and potential consequences of these abnormal veins.
Veins Treatment Procedure
Upon conducting a comprehensive examination, our medical experts identified a significant presence of varices in both legs, with the left leg being more severely affected. To pinpoint the root cause of these visibly bulging veins, we embarked on a Duplex Ultrasound (DU) examination during his initial consultation. This crucial step enabled us to uncover the underlying culprit: deeper truncal veins, specifically the Great Saphenous Vein (GSV), along with a problematic left thigh perforator.
Crafting a tailored approach to his unique situation, our team initially opted for the application of the Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) technique, all performed under local anesthesia. This method, known for its high success rate in treating larger truncal veins (with an efficacy of up to 95% when executed by skilled hands), was executed as an outpatient procedure, reflecting our commitment to convenience and minimal disruption to our patient's daily routine.
Following the EVLA procedure, our patient was advised to wear compression stockings for a week during daytime hours. Remarkably, he was back to work within a mere 1-2 days, experiencing only minimal discomfort. Subsequently, we advanced the treatment plan by embarking on ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy (UGS), a technique designed to address both visible and concealed abnormal branches of the refluxing GSVs. For the closure of the left thigh perforating vein, the pathway of the concerned vein was sealed by the application of cyanoacrylate (medical glue).
Throughout the course of these procedures, our patient showcased remarkable tolerance, experiencing little to no discomfort and minimal downtime. As a testament to his progress, a photograph taken 16 weeks post-completion of 4 treatment sessions showcased his transformed legs.
The 16-week review marked a pivotal milestone, unveiling legs that had been rejuvenated to a state of normalcy, a stark contrast from the initial presentation. Both aesthetically and medically, the outcomes were truly gratifying. Our patient's newfound satisfaction radiated from the successful resolution of his concerns, affirming the potency of our comprehensive approach.
This remarkable journey, from the burden of bulgy varicose veins to the restoration of confidence, epitomizes the heart of our practice. At the Melbourne Varicose Vein Clinic, we are committed to empowering patients to overcome the challenges posed by varicose veins, fostering a renewed sense of well-being and self-assurance.