Have you recently visited your Nelson or Blenheim GP about leg veins? If they are not causing you discomfort, there’s a chance your doctor may have told you that your symptoms are purely cosmetic and nothing to worry about. At enhanceskin, we look at things slightly differently.
Leg veins can never be considered just ‘cosmetic’. This doesn’t mean that they all cause serious medical issues, but we can never consider minor vein problems simply cosmetic. Veins form an essential part of the circulatory system; they return blood to the heart after body cells exchange waste products for Oxygen. So, whenever leg veins present with painful or visual symptoms, there will likely be a medical issue at the root; even if that is a minor issue. Furthermore, nearly all leg vein problems will slowly get worse over time. The most severe varicose veins can lead to various problems, including skin discolouration, dermatitis, and even ulcers.
Leg Veins – When to see a Specialist:
In short, there are two occasions when you should see a specialist, like David. Firstly, if they are causing you discomfort, and secondly, if they stop you from living the lifestyle you want to, that may simply come down to you feeling you can’t dress how you would like to.
All leg vein problems are either visible or cause symptoms or both! So, if you see visible veins or swelling, or if you feel painful, debilitating symptoms, such as achy, tired and restless legs, a visit to a specialist could be beneficial.
The enhanceskin specialist assessment:
We offer a free no-obligation Varicose Vein Assessment at our Nelson clinic and the Churchill Private Hospital in Blenheim. David also performs walk-in, walk-out treatments at both clinics.
- Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGS) uses specialised ultrasound equipment to guide sclerosant injections, which permanently closes the vein. This procedure is virtually painless, so it requires no anaesthesia and takes just an hour.
- Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) uses targeted laser energy to seal the vein shut. After a local anaesthetic, we insert a needle, then feed a laser fibre up through the needle into the vein. Once in position and after further local anaesthetic, the fibre with its laser light is slowly withdrawn, shrinking and sealing off the vein. This treatment takes approximately an hour and has a 99% success rate (even after five years* and the studies are now out to 15 years).
As varicose vein specialists, we also have Affiliated Provider status with Southern Cross. NIB, Sovereign, FMG, UniMed, Accuro and OnePath all accept us for cover. Call us to book your appointment with Dr David Orsbourn, in Nelson or Blenheim.