Northland DHB General Surgery
Public Service, General Surgery, Plastic Surgery
Vascular (blood vessel) disorders treated by general surgery include varicose veins, blockages and narrowings in the arteries or abnormal swellings of the arteries (aneurysm).
The most common of these conditions facing the general surgeon is varicose veins. This occurs when veins in the legs and thighs become enlarged and twisted. This is often caused by the failure of the one-way valve system in the veins, in which case it can be treated surgically by removing the segments of veins containing the malfunctioning valves as well as those veins which are significantly dilated.
Treatment of varicose veins now also includes the option of injection therapy.
The General Surgery team does not currently have the capacity to see patients with varicose veins other than those with ulcers caused by the varicose veins or skin changes to suggest ulcers are beginning to form.
Apppointments cannot be offered to those with no symptoms where the concern is related to how they look, or for those with aching or swelling of the legs.