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Dr Paraskevas Demonstrates the Latest in Vein Treatments at the XVIII UIP World Congress of Phlebology
From 4th to 8th February, the Australasian College of Phlebology hosted the XVIII UIP World Congress of Phlebology in Melbourne.
We’ve welcomed the new year and our wonderful Aussie summer is well underway. The shorts, skirts, and summer dresses are out in force, perhaps exposing varicose veins again.
At the recent Australasian College Cosmetic Surgeon’s Workshop in Basic Sclerotherapy, our own Dr Peter Paraskevas presented a morning of lectures and an afternoon of patient cases.
It’s a myth that varicose veins are only a cosmetic concern. Varicose veins left untreated can lead to complications which are very real health concerns.
If you’ve considered having your problem varicose or spider veins treated, you may have read that all the treatments result in the vein being essentially blocked off and removed, causing blood to be rerouted elsewhere.
Do Men Get Varicose Veins? Lots of people think varicose veins only affect middle-aged women but men get them too! Up to 30% of people are affected by varicose veins – both men and women. A strong family history is a good indication that you may suffer from varicose veins. They may worsen with occupations that require prolonged standing.
In the lead up to the UIP International Vein Conference in Melbourne in 2018, our own Dr Peter Paraskevas was honoured to present to doctors and vein specialists at the 2017 Advanced Phlebology Workshop.
Delaying treatment for varicose veins can cause serious complications, including venous ulceration. Especially later in life. Recently, a patient presented to our practice with a nasty case of venous ulceration. The skin of lower leg and ankle was inflamed, painful and
Yoga can be an effective relaxation and fitness technique; it’s a fantastic habit to get into. But have you heard people say it’s ideal for “treating” varicose veins? We’ve heard that too. Varicose veins occur when there is a failure of the one-way valves inside your veins.
When we talk about Spider veins, we’re referring to the small red or blue veins that can spread out like tiny tree branches on the feet, legs, chest and even face. They are sometimes called broken capillaries or thread veins.
If you’ve suffered with varicose veins for a long time, you’ll be familiar with the swelling, the itchiness and the pain. In truth, the best action to take is to make an appointment to see a vein specialist about having them treated and avoid developing complications. But what can you do right now?
A phlebologist is a medically qualified doctor with post-graduate training for expert diagnosis and treatment of many forms of venous disease. This covers varicose and spider veins, clotting disorders, vascular birthmarks, leg ulcers and related conditions.
Varicose veins can be hereditary and as such, problem veins can have been our long-time friends before we start thinking about getting treatment for them. But at what point should you seek treatment for varicose veins?
Having performed over 5000 sclerotherapy procedures, the most difficult legs to treat are those with what I refer to as hidden reticular veins or feeders.
Reticular veins are blue surface veins that are usually present in the outside part of the thigh and lower leg. They are also referred to as “feeders” as they feed the smaller spider veins. Phlebology 101 teaches you to treat these feeders first before even attempting to treat the spider veins. This way you can ensure permanent and successful results and help avoid matting.
Varicose veins are often thought of as a purely cosmetic concern and having treatment for problem veins a bit of vanity. However, left untreated there are a number of serious complications which can occur. You might raise your eyebrows to hear that Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT or blood clots) is one of those possible complications.
One of the risk factors for varicose veins is spending a lot of time on your feet. If you work in a profession where standing is a necessity, like health care, factory work or teaching you might be wondering if anything can be done to limit the risk of developing varicose veins.
Many people who call or attend our practice often ask “Why is Laser treatment for varicose veins so expensive?”
To answer this question effectively, it is important to understand what goes into performing endovenous laser ablation (EVLA).
Varicose veins that appear during pregnancy can cause discomfort, cramps and swelling. Let’s walk through everything you need to know about varicose veins and pregnancy.
With modern technological advancements in Medicine, most people find it difficult to understand why traditional vein surgery is still considered an option for treating varicose veins. For a long time there was only one way to reduce varicose veins and that was with a procedure known as “stripping”.
With over 15 years of experience in assessing and treating Venous Disease, I constantly encounter patients who present with failed Vein Treatments. There are 5 main reasons why vein treatment may not be successful and result in extreme unhappiness and disillusionment.
Many patients who call us at Vein Health Medical are unsure as to whether they have varicose veins or spider veins. To add to the confusion, patients will often have both spider veins and varicose veins at the same time. How can you tell the difference between the two?
As you may already know, Venaseal is a treatment that involves the application of a Medical Grade ‘Superglue’ into the disease vein, that collapses and permanently seals the vein off. It is a quick, minimally invasive procedure that takes approximately 15 minutes in experienced hands.
Over the years, many of my patients have often asked if there were any natural remedies for the treatment of their spider veins and varicose veins. They would often refer to a cream they saw at the Pharmacy or a tablet they came across on a TV advert. Horse Chest Nut...
Surgical Stripping. Sounds painful.
That’s pretty much the general consensus of people who have actually had the treatment. But for quite some time surgical stripping of veins was the only option for people looking to relieve varicose vein disease and recurrent veins post-surgery was an ongoing problem.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is one of the 2 Medicare Approved minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of major veins, previously treated by stripping surgery. As with Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), RFA relies on thermal (heat based) damage to the vein,...
A NEW medical-grade adhesive treatment that can close unsightly varicose veins in less than 20 minutes is now available as the latest treatment by using a “superglue”, says Dr Peter Paraskevas, of Vein Health Medical & Cosmetic.
The practice is located the CBD.
The team at Vein Health Medical Centre were on Channel Nine News last night with great news for Varicose Vein sufferers - VenaSeal is a new medical adhesive now available in Australia for the treatment of painful varicose veins.
With VenaSeal, medical grade glue, is placed within the diseased vein using a small catheter. VenaSeal effectively glues the vein wall together within seconds. Over the coming hours, the treated vein will permanently harden over and eventually undergo absorption by...
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) has become a gold standard treatment for most patients suffering from varicose veins, but it is about to get even better! Find out more below:
This 48 year old patient presents with extensive lower leg varicose vein disease and associated pigmentation of the skin.
She was treated with Endovenous Laser Ablation and Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy.