One Patient’s Journey with Recurring Varicose Veins

by | Jun 30, 2023

Varicose veins, can be an ongoing source of frustration for many individuals. While effective treatments exist, there are cases where varicose veins may reappear despite prior treatment. Here we look into the personal experience of a patient who faced the recurrence of varicose veins, shedding light on the factors that contributed to this.

Patient Case Study

Let’s explore the journey of a 50-year-old patient who presented with recurring varicose veins. We are grateful to this patient for giving us permission to share her photos, which will be used for educational purposes.

The visible vein highlighted in the images is known as the Anterior Thigh Circumflex Vein. It is a commonly encountered vein pattern often associated with reflux in the Great Saphenous Vein or the Anterior Accessory Saphenous Vein. Approximately a decade ago, this patient underwent sclerotherapy to address this vein, but the results were not as successful as desired. The reason behind the persistent vein was its connection to the untreated Saphenous Vein, emphasizing the importance of diagnosing all potential sources of reflux for appropriate treatment.

In this recent case, we employed Endovenous Laser Ablation to treat the Great Saphenous Vein, coupled with Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy to target the visible varicose vein. The combined approach yielded complete sclerosis and absorption of the varicose vein network.

Before and after of varicose vein treatment


The follow-up image, taken 12 months after the treatment, shows minimal hyperpigmentation, a common occurrence following vein treatment. Another follow-up appointment will be scheduled in 12 months to reassess the condition and scan for any residual vein networks.

Key Takeaways

Through the use of Endovenous Laser Ablation and Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy, we successfully treated the Right Great Saphenous Vein and the Anterior Thigh Circumflex Vein, respectively. The post-treatment image captured at the 12-month mark demonstrates the positive outcome achieved in this case.

By sharing this patient’s journey and highlighting the treatment strategies employed, we aim to provide valuable insights into managing recurrent varicose veins. Understanding the complexities involved can empower individuals facing similar challenges, fostering informed decision-making and effective long-term solutions.

Worried about your veins?

Make an appointment to see phlebologist Dr Peter Paraskevas in our Vein Health Melbourne or Sydney clinics, and get your veins assessed and treated today.

We provide fast and easy, walk-in walk-out treatments. Our minimally invasive treatments utilise world-class technologies to achieve the best patient outcomes. Our results speak for themselves – see our before & after gallery.


Why choose us?

  • Walk-in, walk-out treatment in our accredited facility
  • High success rates
  • No general anaesthetic
  • No hospitalisation
  • Medicare rebates apply
  • Minimal downtime or time away from work
  • Comprehensive after-care and follow-up scans and reviews
Seek Expert Advice from one of Australia’s Leading PhlebologistsDr. Peter Paraskevas Phlebologist, Medical Director

Dr Peter Paraskevas is expert in the assessment and treatment of Varicose Veins. For 20 years Vein Health Medical Clinic has provided the latest in non-surgical laser, radiofrequency and sclerotherapy treatments and combined this with state-of-the-art ultrasound diagnostic testing to treat varicose veins and venous disease.

The content provided in this article is provided for information and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice and consultation.

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