Dr Paraskevas says recent advances have proven that endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is now a viable alternative to vein stripping.

The procedure is considered as effective as vein stripping with fewer complications and can be performed in a private setting under local anaesthesia.

EVLA was introduced in the mid-1990s, adopted by most phlebology practices in Australia by the mid-2000s and approved under Medicare in Australia in 2008.

Vein Health Medical Clinic is at Collins Place Professional Suites, Suite 10, 45 Collins Street, Melbourne. For information on EVLA and other treatments relating to varicose veins, contact Vein Health Medical Clinic on 1300 281 339 or visit www.veinhealth.com.au