Endovenous laser is the most exciting recent breakthrough in the treatment of large varicose leg veins. This procedure has become available worldwide during the past decade, and Dr McMaster was the first Brisbane based doctor to introduce endovenous laser treatment in 2005. Dr McMaster has gone on to treat hundreds of patients with Endovenous Laser over the past 10 years.
Endovenous laser and Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation are used to treat large "trunk" varicose veins which underlie the grape like veins that can appear on the lower legs.
During this procedure, a thin laser or radiofrequency fibre is introduced into the vein through a needle, and is passed along the full length of the vein under ultrasound guidance. Under local anaesthetic, the fibre then seals the vein using a heating process.
Studies have shown this procedure to be at least as effective as surgery for large varicose veins, with only a fraction of the pain, no scars, and minimal down time. There is no need for general anaesthesia or hospital admission. Following the procedure you need to walk for 30 minutes, and are then able to safely drive home.
It is usually necessary to complete the varicose vein treatment with ultrasound guided sclerotherapy several weeks after the laser treatment.
Treatment with both Endovenous Laser and Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation are available at the Grange Vein Clinic for treatment of varicose veins, and there are medicare rebates available for this treatment.