Dr Laura Redman – Treating Veins to Improve Quality of Life


Dr Laura Redman – Treating Veins to Improve Quality of Life

(MBChB, FCS (SA), Certificate of Vascular Surgery, MMed)

The Vascular Centre was founded by Dr Laura Redman, a specialist General and Vascular Surgeon. The Centre now celebrates its 2-year Anniversary in Cape Town.

Dr Laura qualified as a medical doctor at UCT. She then extended her studies to specialise as a General Surgeon and thereafter did a subspecialty in Vascular Surgery. Dr Laura completed her Masters in Medicine in Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

Dr Laura has a special academic interest in vascular surgery and the less commonly treated vascular problems. She has travelled abroad visiting various specialized vascular units such as the Yale University, New-haven, USA Stony Brook University, Long Island, New York, USA; Leceister, and London, United Kingdom; Nuremberg, Germany; Bern, Switzerland in 2012, and Manchester, United Kingdom in 2013. She wanted to bring first world protocols back to South Africa and she thus founded the Vascular Centre.

Vein Clinic

The Vein Clinic has been established based on the time Dr Laura Redman spent at the Vein Clinic in New York under the world renown Professor Nicos Labropoulos and today she uses these protocols to run the clinic.

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Professor Labropoulos still works closely with Dr Redman and continuously visits her clinic.

Vein diseases have been poorly understood and managed and unfairly attributed to ageing. People with symptomatic veins, swollen legs, aching & tired legs, discoloured legs and, very importantly, wounds that do not heal may have underlying vein disease – a problem that is very readily treatable.

People with vein disease often have chronic discomfort and treating the veins has been shown to improve quality of life.

Dr Redman uses the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques to treat vein disease including minimally invasive techniques that are safe and enable patients to return to normal activities within 1-2 days. These are catheters that can be inserted into the veins, under ultrasound guidance, in a sterile fashion and have been designed to do what surgery traditionally did, but do not require hospital admission, do not need a general anaesthetic, need no incisions or sutures and patients can go home the same day.

Vein diseases also include pelvic congestion syndrome

Approximately 30% of women will see a Gynaecologist for chronic pelvic pain. Of this group, 1/3 will have pelvic congestion syndrome, meaning the pain is due to ovarian veins that are not working properly and causing congestion in the pelvis. They are often associated perineal or high thigh veins. Symptoms include painful menses, painful urination or painful intercourse. Pelvic congestion syndrome can lead to increased levels of anxiety and depression.

The problematic veins may also be found in men, when the testicular veins are affected resulting in Varicoceles. It is also very under-recognised and under-treated in South Africa. More frequent causes of pelvic pain in women should be ruled out by a gynaecologist such as fibroids and endometriosis.

The diagnosis can usually be made by a non-invasive investigation – pelvic ultrasound. Sometimes, a CT scan is necessary. The treatment involves a minimally invasive procedure in theatre, to insert coils or similar substances into the problematic veins that cause them to seal off. This is done through a needle insertion in the groin – the same as that done for a coronary angiogram. It is important that vein disease is managed properly and entirely.

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The Vascular Centre has a vein protocol, which has been developed using international guidelines and research evaluations in order to completely manage each individual patient. It is very important to map and measure the veins in the leg and pelvis and a trained vascular technologist ensures this is done accurately. Treatment is then individualised to each patient, as many options are now available. Most importantly, Dr Redman is dedicated to giving each patient the care they need in order to feel better, look better and function better.

Artery Disease: Focus on Prevention Optimise Health

The other big element in vascular disease is arterial disease – this means blockages of arteries that can cause heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and amputations. 130 heart attacks and 240 strokes happen in South Africa each day. Operations for arterial disease are necessary, surgery is done at a late stage and is high risk and prevention is what is really needed to make a difference for people’s lives.

Optimise health is a holistic, individualised cardiovascular health assessment using a scientific background and up to date technology to ensure each individual can ascertain peak performance in health, body and mind to prevent or halt the development of cardiovascular disease. The Vascular Centre offers a Healthy Heart Assessment which is a programme designed to assess one’s current and future risk for cardiovascular disease.

Part of the assessment includes scanning the blood vessels, and using specialised software to measure the thickness of vessels. Many other parameters and cardiovascular risk assessments and measurements are included.

There is currently no other assessment with this combination of measurements, and results can be taken back to one’s GP for further optimising medical parameters. The patient is also advised on where lifestyle changes are necessary. The programme scientifically marries medicine and lifestyle in order to prevent disease and optimise health.
See more at: www.optimisehealth.co.za

Limb4Life – Dr Laura has formulated a virtual multidisciplinary team to holistically manage limb problems specifically related to Lymphoedema, lipidemia, wounds related to arterial and venous disease and the Diabetic foot. The group includes Lymphoedmea specialists, wound care nurses, podiatrists and orthotists. The aim of the group is to work together to optimally and efficiently manage limb problems and prevent recurrence.

For more information, contact Dr Laura Redman at: 021 201 1119 G02 Oxford House, 17 Park Lane Century City email: admin@vascularcentre.co.za or visitwww.vascularcentre.co.za

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