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We often assume that treatment for removal of varicose veins will be costly, and require weeks recuperating in bed when work, socialising and life keeps going on. Many people suffer from varicose veins, but assume that treating the condition will involve more trouble than it’s worth. What many people don’t know is that modern vein treatments have come a long way, and are less invasive than you think.

In the past, if you suffered from varicose veins, the only treatment option was surgery.   This would involve one to two-hour long surgery under general anaesthesia, a groin incision and several small cuts to ligate and strip the veins.  While not a complex procedure, it is performed in hospital with overnight stay and a recovery period of 2 weeks (this is occasionally still the best option for treatment).

These days, lasers have revolutionised varicose vein treatment and endovenous laser treatment offers all the benefits of vein stripping surgery without the inconvenience of a hospital stay.  At North Western Vascular, the treatment is done in our Vascular Lab under local anaesthetic. A laser fibre is inserted into the vein and then laser energy is emitted to occlude the treated vein which subsequently shrinks. Discomfort is minimal and laser takes less than an hour.  While you would be required to wear compression stockings for a week and temporarily stop all strenuous exercise, after your procedure you are free to carry on with your day-to-day activities. Nobody would need to know you just treated your varicose veins unless you told them.

One week following the procedure, you will be required to have an ultrasound which is bulk billed and return one week following that for a review to check on your progress (included in your treatment cost).

With treatment so simple and easy, you could be saying goodbye to your varicose veins in no time. If you would like more information about all our treatment options, contact North Western Vascular today.


A large proportion of men and women from all over the world have spider veins on one or more parts of their body. Despite this, many of us still harbour misconceptions as to how and why they are formed, not to mention how they can be treated. Here are some of the common misconceptions people have surrounding spider veins:

MYTH #1: Australians don’t seek treatment for spider veins

Research shows that in industrialised nations such as Australia, up to a third of all women and a tenth of all men seek help with venous-related symptoms and problems in the legs. It’s a common problem, and people seek assistance for it every day.

MYTH #2: Spider veins are an inevitable part of aging

As you get older, your veins are affected by time and gravity. Some people might find that their parents and grandparents had spider veins. This means that you might experience more prominent spider veins as you age. What it doesn’t mean is that you have to live with it. You can do something about it. You can treat it.

MYTH #3: Spider veins are always harmless

Most of the time spider veins are harmless and are just an aesthetic concern. However,they can also be a symptom of a more serious venous disease, which is why consulting a vascular specialist is always recommended. Even if they are not dangerous, spider veins can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as swelling, cramping, pain, and feelings of heaviness.

MYTH #4: Removing spider veins involves surgery

The most commonly recommended method of removing spider veins is by sclerotherapy, which is when the veins are injected with a fine needle, causing them to gradually become less visible as the treatment takes effect. It is done in the doctor’s rooms and patients can return to work following treatment.   There is no downtime with injection sclerotherapy.

MYTH #5: Treating spider veins is expensive

The cost of treatment to remove spider veins is moderate and partly covered by Medicare. It is a  simple and cost-effective solution.   There are many practices in Melbourne that can offer advice on treating spider veins however not by a Vascular Surgeon.

North Western Vascular is a specialist vascular practice with over 20 years of experience. Contact us today to organise a consultation to advice on the best mode of treatment for your spider veins.


Why do Varicose Veins occur?

Varicose veins are dilated, tortuous veins, which tend to protrude and can become unsightly. They occur as the valves have become faulty, and the veins are subjected to higher than normal pressures, causing the veins to dilate and stretch.

What are the risks associated with Varicose Veins?

More often than not, varicose veins are not dangerous. They may however cause symptoms, which include discomfort or heaviness, especially with prolonged standing, tingling, itchiness, and sometimes a feeling of heat may be associated with varicose veins.

Complications include thrombosis (clotting), which can be very painful, skin changes or venous eczema, soft tissue thickening or even leg ulceration. Bleeding is a rare complication, but can be frightening.

Should I have my Varicose Veins treated?

If complications occur, then treatment of the varicose veins is necessary. Where there are no complications, the indication to treat the veins really depends on the extent to which the veins are bothering the patient.

Are aching legs always due to leg Veins?

Varicose veins can cause leg pain, but sometimes the pain may be due to an alternative cause. If the pain is not typical, I make it very clear to the patient that treatment of the varicose veins may not necessarily take the pain away.

What are the treatment options for Varicose Veins?

There are several options. In some cases compression stockings can be effective in controlling symptoms related to the veins.

Surgery involves dealing with the underlying cause, that is tying off and removing (stripping) the saphenous vein, in addition to removing the varicose veins by making several well placed tiny cuts to remove the multiple veins.

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) also involves dealing with the underlying cause, but instead of removing the saphenous vein from the leg, we use the laser to shut the vein down. This treatment can be performed in the rooms under local anaesthetic, and results in a speedier recovery and earlier return to work.

How do I choose the best treatment?

It is best to see a specialist, who is able to offer you the entire range of treatments. It is up to the specialist to advise you what is best for you. Each case is individualised.

The goal in treating varicose veins is to improve the appearance of the leg, to reduce symptoms in related to the veins, and to prevent complications. At North Western Vascular, you will find expert help and a professional approach, happy to address any concerns you may have.