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160427 - Recent changes in the management of varicose veins

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To provide GPs with up to date information on minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins and the role of this treatment in leg ulcers

Relevance to General Practice

Varicose veins are a common reason for presentation to general practitioners. Swelling or skin damage secondary to chronic venous insufficiency occur in about 15% of the population and varicose ulcers develop in approximately 1% of the population. Venous disease is expected to place an increasing burden on the Australian healthcare system in the future. Early intervention and treatment of venous disease will help prevent complications and the types of intervention available for the treatment of venous disease have increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Surgery, which has been considered first-line management, is now being displaced by minimally invasive techniques with claimed benefits of improved early quality of life, less morbidity and faster recovery times, allowing an earlier return to work and resumption of normal activities.

Learning outcomes
  • Identify which patients would benefit from referral for venous assessment
  • Recall the mechanisms involved in development of venous ulcers
  • Plan appropriate treatment for patients with chronic venous insufficiency
  • Outline the risks and benefits of the newer modalities of treatment of chronic venous insufficiency
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    160427 - Recent changes in the management of varicose veins
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    1.5 hours
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