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Approximately half the population suffer from varicose veins, spider veins and venous insufficiency
Dr Roger Bell is a Vascular Surgeon with over 25 years’ of specialist experience. Upon obtaining his undergraduate degree from the University of Western Australia in 1979, he received his General Surgical Fellowship from the Australasian College of Surgeons in 1988.
Mr Bell built his specialist expertise in Vascular Surgery and Transplantation Surgery with fellowships at the National Liver Transplant Unit in Sydney, and the Vascular Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.
Mr Bell became the head of Vascular Surgery at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in WA before relocating to Melbourne in 2000 to become the Vascular/Transplantation Surgeon at Monash Medical Centre, he is currently the head of the Surgical Transplant team.
He has published and lectured widely in the fields of vascular surgery and transplantation surgery over the years, working as a Senior Lecturer in the University Department of Surgery for five years where he was instrumental in establishing the Liver Transplant Unit in WA.
The diagnosis of varicose veins can be made with simple examination of the leg.
A duplex ultrasound scan will show which valves or veins are involved, and will also help determine how best to deal with the varicose veins.
The Treatment options:
Treatment is determined by the extent to which the veins bother the patient. For relatively minor varicose veins with trivial venous reflux, injection sclerotherapy alonemay be sufficient to control the veins.
For prominent varicose veins, a more definitive procedure is required. This can be achieved by either: