Doctor treating his patient for varicose veins
The Vein Institute team, led by Dr Zil Yassine (pictured), specialise in surgery-free treatment for varicose veins.

The Vein Institute are specialists in the safe and effective treatment of varicose veins, with no surgery and minimal downtime. Led by director Dr Zil Yassine, alongside his dedicated and expert team, the Vein Institute uses the latest technology from Europe and the USA to treat the veins in their Canberra clinic – walk in and walk out with the legs of your dreams!

What are varicose veins?

Did you know that one in three Australians suffer from a vein disorder such as varicose veins?

Varicose veins can occur when your vein valves are not functioning properly. Faulty or weak one-way valves will allow blood to flow backwards and collect in your vein, which will eventually lead to the swollen, twisted looking veins.

Dr Yassine says veins are an integral part of the circulation system, taking de-oxygenated blood back to the heart. This is why vein conditions should always be taken seriously.

“Issues with your veins are likely linked to poor blood circulation and could therefore lead to health concerns related to your heart and lungs.”

What are the signs and symptoms?

While some people experience little or no symptoms at all, others can experience some or all of the following, says Dr Yassine.

“In general, vein pain is considered vague and dull rather than sharp or immediate. If you raise your legs and the pain goes away, this is an indication your pain is vein related.”

Signs and symptoms can include:

  • Pain, itching or heaviness in the legs
  • Burning, throbbing or muscle cramping
  • Pain that intensifies after long periods sitting or standing
  • Chronic swelling in the lower legs or ankles

“Each individual is different; however, there are some cases where, over time, circulation may become worse and cause changes in the colour and texture of the legs.”

“For some patients, if varicose veins are left untreated for too long, they can cause swelling in the legs and pigmentation of the skin. In rare cases, they can even cause ulcers.”

close up of varicose veins
Varicose veins can cause symptoms such as pain and heaviness in the legs and chronic swelling in the lower legs and ankles.

What are the treatment options?

It’s important to treat varicose veins in a timely manner to minimise the risk of developing other health issues, says Dr Yassine.

Surgical “stripping” of the veins often requires a hospital stay and a lengthy recovery period.

Fortunately, varicose veins can be treated without surgery using laser technology, a treatment option which is growing in popularity. The Vein Institute’s dedicated team of vein specialists use laser treatments as well as injections and the newest medical superglue treatments to treat varicose veins, with all treatment plans tailored to the individual patient’s circumstances and needs.

All treatments at the Vein Institute begin with an initial consultation, where one of the doctors will perform an ultrasound to determine the cause of the varicose veins. Once this has been done, they will discuss your treatment options and determine the best course of action.

After the treatment, the doctors will assess your case and may recommend further treatment or simply a follow-up appointment to monitor progress and recovery.

Dr Yassine says the sensation of the laser treatments can be likened to that of a blood test or an injection, with many patients opting to read a book or magazine during the procedure – you can even request to hear your favourite songs!

Why choose non-surgical treatment?

Dr Yassine says non-surgical treatments have minimal pain and discomfort associated with them and require very little recovery and downtime post-procedure.

“The new laser procedures are as effective as surgical intervention and generally considered to be safer.”

Appointments are walk-in, walk-out, and take less than 45 minutes per treatment.

‘‘Our patients describe visits to the Vein Institute as being like quick visits to their local

doctor and are quite thankful that they don’t need any time off work,” says Dr Yassine.

Compression stockings are only required for a few days after non-surgical treatment, compared with weeks and even months post-surgery.

Now that we’re heading into the cooler months, it is a good time to start thinking about treatment for your varicose veins at the Vein Institute, so you can step out with your new legs in time for the warmer weather later in the year!

All treatments at the Vein Institute are performed in a private medical clinic, with COVID-19 protocols and procedures in place. Medicare rebates apply and Medipay payment plans are available.

woman with varicose veins
The Vein Institute uses the latest technological treatments for varicose veins, which have minimal pain and discomfort associated with them.


This article was created in partnership with The Vein Institute. For more information on sponsored partnerships, click here.

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