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Leg Vein Health

Varicose veins

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that commonly occur in the legs. Learn more about varicose veins causes and get advice on the latest treatment methods here.

What are varicose veins?

The term ‘varicose’ is derived from the Greek word for ‘grape-like’. Varicose veins are dilated blood vessels that are visible and at times can be felt.

Which varicose vein treatment is best?

There are a number of different treatment options for varicose veins including sclerotherapy, laser ablation therapy and surgery. Here are some pros and cons of each.

Lasers repair varicose veins

Laser therapy zaps unsightly and painful varicose veins by attacking the most common cause of the disease - a weakening of the great saphenous vein in the legs.

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Dr. Riaz Motara is a specialist physician and cardiologist. He has an interest in preventative cardiology. He runs Veinsculpt, the first and only comprehensive vein clinic in South Africa, using endo-venous laser ablation as the treatment of choice.He also operates the only Women's Heart Clinic in South Africa.

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