Vein Conditions

The Palm Clinic team are experts in treating vein conditions including Varicose Veins, Varicose Ulcers and Spider Veins. They use non-surgical, gold-standard procedures that require no downtime helping to give you back legs you are proud to show off.

Vein disease is common in NZ. And very treatable.

13,000+

Since 1998, Palm Medical has now performed over 3000 laser treatments for varicose veins and over ten thousand UGS injection treatments for varicose veins.

No Down Time

One of the advantages of non-surgical treatment is that there’s no ‘down time’, other than the actual treatment session. You can get back to your normal routine virtually straight away.

Insurance

Palm Clinic is an affiliated provider to Southern Cross HealthCare and a First Choice Provider to NIB insurance for the treatment of varicose veins which means we can process all your claims without having to ring for prior approval.

Symptoms of Vein Disease

Varicose veins can cause heavy, tired legs, throbbing or aching. This is more likely after prolonged sitting or standing and symptoms are usually worse at the end of the day. Other symptoms can include ankle swelling, restlessness in the legs, cramp, itching, or a red rash (‘varicose eczema’) on the skin of the legs. Sometimes you will notice a dark pigment forming on the lower legs or a congested purple appearance of the feet at the end of the day. Varicose ulcers can appear as a direct result of your varicose veins. If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, you may be living with a common (and quite treatable) vein condition. To find out more, simply schedule a consultation with one of our dedicated vein doctors (phlebologists).

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Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are large dilated blood vessels that have a bluish colour and protrude above the surface of the skin. They are treated at Palm Clinic by Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) and Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA).

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Spider Veins

Spider veins (also called thread veins) are small dilated blood vessels. They are treated at Palm Clinic by Microsclerotherapy or Exotherme Laser.

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  • Varicose Veins

    Varicose veins are large dilated blood vessels that have a bluish colour and protrude above the surface of the skin. They are treated at Palm Clinic by Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) and Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA).

    Read more

  • Spider Veins

    Spider veins (also called thread veins) are small dilated blood vessels. They are treated at Palm Clinic by Microsclerotherapy or Exotherme Laser.

    Read more

Pain free legs our patients are proud to show off.

At Palm Clinic, you won't have to keep suffering from painful, achy and unsightly Varicose Veins when the solution can be simple. We will provide you with effective non-surgical treatment that will help to give you back pain free legs you'll be proud to show off.

Legs you'd be proud to show off.

Understanding Vein Health

Main Vein Systems of the Leg

Deep and Superficial veins.

This image shows the main vein systems of the leg. They comprise of the deep veins (the thicker one) and the superficial veins (the finer one).

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Healthy Open Valves

Muscle Contracted. Valves Open.

When you walk, your calf muscle (the blue structure) squeezes the deep veins and pushes the blood against gravity up the leg. The valves within the vein open up to allow the blood to flow up.

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Healthy Closed Valves

Muscle Relaxed. Valves Closed.

When the muscle relaxes (part of the walking cycle) the valves come back to meet in the centre and prevent downward flow of blood back toward the feet.

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Healthy Valves

In healthy veins the valves are 'competent' meaning they prevent downward flow of blood toward the feet.

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Damaged Valves

In the situation of varicose veins the valves in the surface veins have become faulty and the walls of the vein have stretched. This results in downward flow of blood toward the feet and pooling of blood in the vein, resulting in a heavy and achy leg due to impaired drainage of the leg.

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Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation involves feeding a fine fibre up the vein under ultrasound guidance.

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Local Anaesthetic

Local (tumescent) Anaesthetic is then infiltrated all around the vein.
This numbs and protects the surrounding tissue and pushes the vein in to contact with the fibre. The Radiofrequency is activated which seals the walls of the vein together closing the vein. The flow is then diverted through the larger deep veins meaning improved drainage of the leg and resolution of your venous symptoms.

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One Year Post Treatment

When we see you at follow-up all that remains is a fine cord where the varicose vein once was.

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Surgical Stripping

Sapheno Femoral Ligation ('cut and tie')

The alternative is varicose vein 'stripping'. This is a surgical procedure which is no longer the treatment of choice due to superior less invasive treatments such as Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA).

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Vein care for confidence and comfort at every step.

Medical Insurance for Varicose Veins

Palm Clinic is an affiliated provider to Southern Cross for varicose veins and a First Choice Provider for NIB. Medical necessity criteria apply.

Southern Cross Health Society Affiliated Provider
nib first choice provider

For Southern Cross and NIB you do not need prior approval. Palm Clinic is able to authorise this online if you bring your member number. Varicose vein treatments are generally covered by other medical insurers such as Sovereign, Unimed and others when meeting 'medical necessity criteria'.

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Why choose Palm Clinic?

Palm Clinic is a centre of excellence
for Veins, Botox, Dermal Fillers,
Laser Treatments, Cosmetic Surgery,
Liposuction, and Beauty Therapy.

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Please note that individual results may vary from patient to patient, and the information provided on our website is only a guidance to the possible results.