This month history has been made at the Churchill Private Hospital in Blenheim when I, performed Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) to eradicate my patient’s varicose veins, for the very first time in Marlborough.
As you may know I have been offering EVLT in Nelson at the “enhanceskin” practice for the past year, during this time I’ve seen a significant increase in enquiries from the Marlborough region. With the new building opening at Churchill Private Hospital it seemed like perfect timing, and far more sensible for me to begin a clinic there and travel to Blenheim, than to expect patients to travel to Nelson for their treatment.
The “walk in, walk out” procedure uses targeted laser energy to seal the vein shut. A needle is inserted and a laser fibre is then fed up through the needle into the vein. After administration of local anaesthetic the fibre with its laser light is slowly withdrawn, shrinking and sealing off the vein.
Local Blenheim Sonographer, Lindsay McCallum, assists me in the procedure, which takes approximately two hours and has a 98% success rate at five years, with immediate relief of physical symptoms.
The frequency of clinics in Blenheim is increasing as word of the results and local availability of this very effective vein treatment spreads; interest has grown considerably, and I’m having to make more regular journeys over the Whangamoa Hills!
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