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Specialist Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon
Treatment of all types of venous disease including varicose veins, Reticular veins and Spider veins.
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Varicose veins are a common problem experienced by up to 25% of the population.
It is a common misconception that varicose veins are purely a cosmetic problem. Whilst for many the appearance of varicose veins are understandably a major issue, varicose veins can cause many problems including pain (ache/heaviness), skin rashes, bleeding and in some people skin ulcers that can be very difficult to heal.
There are 3 main types of abnormal veins - Varicose veins, Reticular veins and Spider veins. The treatment options depend on which types of veins are causing trouble, and only a Specialist Vascular Surgeon can offer you ALL of the treatment options, so that you can decide the best choice for your circumstances.
The major treatment options range from injection treatment performed in the office with no "downtime" through to minimally-invasive treatment options (Radiofrequency Ablation) that is performed as Day Surgery. It is now rare to require traditional surgical treatment that would require an overnight stay in hospital.
Dr. Hansen will fully discuss with you all of the options available to treat your individual veins, the pros and cons of each, and he will recommend the optimal treatment strategy for you.
Treatment of peripheral vascular disease - relieve pain with walking, treat diabetic foot disease and avoid amputation..
Peripheral Arterial Disease is a common problem in our society. It is estimated that up to 25% of people aged over 55 have significant arterial occlusive disease. Arterial disease is in the majority of cases caused by a process known as "atherosclerosis". This is the same disease process that causes heart attacks and strokes. This disease causes narrowing and blockage of arteries, thus limiting blood supply.
A number of risk factors have been conclusively identified that increase a person's chances of developing arterial disease. The 4 major risk factors that can be modified/treated are Smoking, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and Diabetes. Unfortunately, diabetes alone significantly increases the risk and severity of atherosclerosis. Other causes that we cannot change include family history (genetics), increasing age and being male.
Peripheral Arterial Disease can cause a number of problems. Initially people tend to suffer pain when walking, generally a cramping sensation in the calf or thigh that occurs when walking a certain distance. This is called Claudication.
As the arterial blockages progress, pain at night and even skin ulcers and gangrene in the worst situation can occur. This requires urgent treatment or amputation can be the only option.
Thankfully, there are many treatment options including medication, minimally-invasive ("key-hole") balloon angioplasty and stenting, and sometimes bypass surgery may be required.
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