The deadly consequences of ruptured varicose veins
Did you know that elderly people die in their homes each year in Australia due to ruptured varicose veins?
According to the University of Adelaide forensic pathologist Professor Roger Byard, this is the unfortunate case.
While it’s a rare incidence that deaths are a result of haemorrhage from varicose veins, what most people don’t realise is that these actual deaths are entirely preventable with the professional treatment.
Elderly people are more prone to rupture varicose veins since the skin and tissue is so fragile. What’s more concerning, and what is the major difference between life and death, is the fact that elderly people who living alone are unaware of what to do in the case of a haemorrhage or the proper care they need to take if they suffer from varicose veins.
The importance of treating varicose veins – not just a cosmetic solution
The problem with varicose veins is that they won’t disappear naturally, and if left untreated can cause serious health complications later down the track such as:
- Phlebitis (inflammation in a vein)
- Blood Clots (thrombosis)
- Leg Swelling
- Skin Pigmentation
- Eczema or Dermatitis
- Leg Ulcers (occurs in up to 20% of people with varicose veins).
Here at the Sunshine Vein Clinic in Peregian Beach our expertise is in the assessment and treatment of varicose veins. If you are concerned about your varicose veins or noticing an increase in the above conditions please contact us for an examination.
The key message to take away from this is that the removal of varicose vein treatment is not just for cosmetic purposes. Our physicians are skilled in the assessment and treatment of varicose veins to ensure the health and wellbeing of each patient.
At Sunshine Vein Clinic, we have a range of non-surgical and minimally invasive options to treat varicose veins.
Our non-surgical vein treatments offer far better long term results than surgical vein stripping. Below is a list of the various non-surgical treatments that work to either physically remove your veins or cause them to be absorbed into your bodily tissue.
- Vein Gogh Thermolysis
- Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
- Endovenous Laser Treatment
Quick, virtually pain free and safe treatment is our commitment to you
Our clinic located on the Sunshine Coast offers vein treatment options that do not require hospitalisation, general anaesthesia, or a prolonged recovery period. Patients typically experience minimal pain, and can return to work within a day or two. The five-year recurrence rate for vein treatment procedures like ours has been reported to be only 8 to 10%.