Varicose veins treatment

Are you a candidate for varicose veins treatment?

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Dr Nishath Altaf | Perth | Vascular conditions

Varicose veins Perth

What are varicose veins?

Do you have varicose veins and are you looking into whether you should seek treatment or not? In this article, I explain who is a suitable candidate for varicose vein treatment, and if you are unsure you can find out yourself by answering 5 short questions.

Varicose veins are prominent, swollen, tortuous and enlarged veins, mainly found in your legs. In some cases, they can be painful and uncomfortable. There are five main reasons why people have varicose veins and there are several treatment types, from minimally-invasive treatment to open surgery.

I have summarised four main varicose veins treatment types and their outcomes here:

I offer all treatment types, including open surgery which may be covered by your private health insurance.

Candidate varicose veins treatment

Are you a candidate for varicose vein treatment?

Most people that I see have large, unsightly, tortuous varicose veins and in some cases these veins are painful. Here are the main reasons why people choose to have treatment for varicose veins:

  • You want to be able to wear shorts or skirts without worrying about covering your bulging veins
  • You are in pain or feeling discomfort
  • You have had deep vein thrombosis or phlebitis
  • You want to reduce or avoid the risk of blood clots
  • You have had one or more of the following issues:
    • Bleeding
    • Skin changes over the veins
    • Skin changes around the ankles – including discolouration and thickening of the skin
    • Eczema over the legs
    • Leg ulcers

What causes you not to be a good candidate for varicose veins treatment?

  • You are pregnant: During pregnancy, there is a lot of pressure that builds up in the veins resulting in varicose veins. Most of the veins will disappear after childbirth. Therefore, we treat most patients conservatively during pregnancy – and review them after childbirth to consider varicose vein intervention.
  • You are unable to walk or are bedridden – then surgery is not appropriate.
  • You have a blood clot – then surgery may not be appropriate – but that is dependent on where the blood clot is.
  • You have a severe infection – then surgery may not be appropriate – however, treatment may be required for your varicose veins after the infection has been treated. This may decrease the chance of you getting an infection in your legs again.

Check here if you are a good candidate for varicose veins treatment with Dr Altaf.

Age and varicose veins treatment Perth

Does my age matter?

When you are young, varicose veins may bother you because they look unsightly. In this case, you would seek treatment for cosmetic reasons. But as you get older, varicose veins can get more complicated and cause more issues in your legs.
Up to two-thirds of patients over the age of 60 will have at least 1 symptom associated with varicose veins. In addition, as patients are living longer, the risk of developing leg ulcers, in particular, is increasing.
Dr Nishath Altaf Vascular surgeon Perth
Dr Nishath Altaf

Varicose Vein Specialist Perth

Previously, when open surgery was the main procedure to treat varicose veins, it was harder to treat older patients as they had other medical problems. It sometimes made it difficult to safely carry out surgery.

But over the last few years, minimally invasive surgery options have become more available, which means that most patients can be treated using local anaesthesia. Options include:

Therefore there is no age limit in treating varicose veins. The oldest patient that I have treated was 93 years old!
Dr Nishath Altaf Vascular surgeon Perth
Dr Nishath Altaf

Varicose Vein Specialist Perth

Varicose veins specialist Perth

Self-check: Am I a good candidate for varicose veins treatment?

Find out if you are a candidate for varicose veins treatment. Answer 5 short questions and receive a personal reply from Perth vascular surgeon Dr Nishath Altaf.