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February 2019

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UK surgeon Stephen Black with Northern Health doctors Daniel Hagley, David Goh and Iman Bayat and Wollongong Hospital’s Associate Professor Laurencia Villalba.

UK surgeon leads complex vein surgery

Northern Hospital Epping has hosted its second annual venous workshop, welcoming UK vascular surgeon Stephen Black to supervise complex endovascular re-canalisation procedures.

These procedures are bringing new hope to patients.

Venous conditions arise when, despite taking blood thinning medication, veins never fully open.

The workshop included procedures on two patients – one from Victoria and the one who came from Queensland with his surgeon Daniel Hagley, specifically for this procedure.

The two patients suffered from a bursting sensation in their legs, especially when walking, as the partially-blocked veins were unable to cope with the blood reaching the leg.

‘Today, we are opening these veins by using a fine wire to cross the blocked segments, then balloon the occlusions and finally keep these open using stents,’ said head of Northern Health’s vascular surgery unit Iman Bayat.

The first procedure was performed on a 40-year-old Victorian patient, a previously healthy stone mason who, after developing deep vein thrombosis, experienced pain in the leg and had his walking limited to only 50 metres.

The dedicated team – Dr Bayat, Dr Daniel Hagley and Dr David Goh, under the supervision of Dr Black, performed this complex procedure in only three hours, compared with the expected 4.5 hours.

‘Dr Bayat has done a great job today and we hope the patients will have a great result,’ Dr Black said.

‘I can see the hospital is growing and everybody is putting in a lot of effort into building it up.’

The workshop is part of Northern Hospital’s vision as a centre of excellence for complex venous disorders, offering a complete spectrum of venous care.

The vascular surgery team believes learning from renowned world experts and a multifaceted and wide-reaching approach to venous disease will significantly improve health outcomes.