Varicose Vein Treatment Options

At Transform Clinic, we offer several surgical & non-surgical treatment options to remove varicose veins. 

Varicose Vein Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a 30 minute, virtually painless procedure with huge advantages over surgery, including no general anaesthetic, no stitches, no hospital admission needed, and no time off work. It is a walk-in, walk-out procedure which is about half the cost of surgery.

How it Works

  1. Create a vein map using ultrasound to guide the procedure.

  2. A catheter is inserted into the varicose vein and filled with micro-foam.. 

  3. The micro-foam then shuts down the vein, preventing blood flow. 

  4. Blood flow redirects to normal, healthy veins to improve circulation.

Endovenous Laser Ablation

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT) is a 1-hour, minimally invasive procedure that is highly effective at removing varicose veins. EVLT uses heat to close the affected vein, redirect blood flow elsewhere, and ultimately eliminate the damaged vein. 

How it Works

  1. Create a vein map using ultrasound to guide the procedure.

  2. A local anaesthetic is injected to numb the leg while also emptying blood from the vein and protecting the surrounding tissue. A catheter is also inserted into the vein. 

  3. Radiofrequency is emitted through the catheter to heat the vein wall, causing it to shrink or close. At Transform Clinic, we use the Vnus Closure® method to heat the vein wall at around 85 degrees. 

  4. As the vein shrinks & closes, blood automatically begins to flow elsewhere to healthy veins. 

VenaSeal Ablation (Vein Glue)

VenaSeal Ablation is a popular, non-surgical treatment option for varicose veins. This quick procedure reduces blood clots and the risk of damage to nearby tissue & veins, causes only minor discomfort, and involves fewer needles as the procedure does not require anaesthetic. 

And the best part is, you won’t have to wear a stocking afterwards. 

How it Works

  1. Create a vein map using ultrasound to guide the procedure.
  2. A catheter is inserted into the varicose vein and filled with Venaseal glue (vein glue). 
  3. The glue is deposited down the length of the vein, permanently closing the vein.

 

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How long will it take?

These are walk-in-walk-out procedures, which can easily be done in about an hour.

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Does it hurt?

We have an anaesthetic cream available to ease the very small amount of discomfort some clients feel.

Will my Health Insurance cover the costs?

Insurance coverage for varicose vein treatment varies between carriers and individual policies.

If you have surgical coverage, insurance should cover these as they are considered a surgical procedure. However, insurance companies are often only willing to cover treatment if it is medically necessary to do so. Thus, varicose vein removal for cosmetic reasons may not be covered by insurance. Note: This distinction must be documented in our report of assessment. 

We have affiliations with almost all the major Health Insurers and can often charge them directly for your convenience.

 

 

Talk to us today!

Don’t live with the physical and emotional agony of unsightly varicose veins any longer! We have regular clinics throughout New Zealand: Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown. Call now to arrange a free no-obligation assessment or schedule online.

 

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