About Specialist Vein Care
Owned and operated in Dunedin by an experienced and dedicated team, lead by Mr Peter Laws. Peter is a Senior Medical Officer within the Department of Vascular, Endo-vascular and Transplant surgery. During his time as a vascular surgeon Peter has developed a specialist interest in the investigation and management of venous disease, in particular the treatment of varicose veins with minimally invasive techniques.
Specialist Vein Care (SVC) will discuss with you and tailor a treatment plan specifically to the patients needs, ensuring the best possible outcome at the lowest risk.
Varicose veins are simply dilated and tortuous veins. The superficial veins have dilated as a response to increased pressure refluxing from the high pressure deep veins through an abnormal (Incompetent) valve in the groin, behind the knee or via perforators. The increased pressure produces symptoms of aching, discomfort, itchiness, cramping and swelling. Over time the increased pressure can lead to skin changes, staining, varicose eczema and even ulceration.
Imaging using duplex sonography (ultrasound) is used to identify the cause of the varicosities and the extent of the reflux. The scan gives vital information necessary to determine the most efficacious method of treatment, one that will give the best results with the lowest risk of failure and or complications.
There are a number of treatment options available including open surgery, EVLT (LASER), VNUS (Venefit) Radiofrequency ablation, Foam sclerotherapy, Phlebectomy and Venaseal. The benefit of choosing a clinician that offers all modalities of treatment ensures the patient is more likely to receive the treatment that best suits their individual needs.