WEST Suffolk Hospital is introducing a new method of removing varicose veins called VNUS. The new procedure lasts approximately 30 minutes and is performed under local anaesthetic.
Compared to the old procedure – groin surgery to strip out the veins – patients are undergoing keyhole surgery with reduced side effects, less pain and less bruising. Patients are able to return to work within a few days whereas before they had to take two to four weeks for recovery.
Around 100 of the 140 women who receive treatment each year at the hospital will be able to have the new technique.
Consultant vascular surgeon, Mr Jonathan Boyle said: “This new technique also has advantages for the hospital by freeing up our main operating theatres and inpatient beds while also saving the cost of a full surgical team and general anaesthetic.”