Ep 13: Is Venous Disease Being Overtreated?

Published: 28 Oct 2021

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To treat or not to treat, that is the question.


In this week's episode, host Dr Laura Redman considers the darker side of medicine to discuss whether venous disease is being treated for the right reasons and is joined by panellists, Prof Lowell Kabnick (Vascular Surgeon, US) and Dr Muhammed Zaki Shaik (Life Mount Edgemont Hospital, SA) who together discuss this topical issue with consideration for treating C2 varicose veins, venous ulcers and venous insufficiency.


Discussion points include:


- Clinical appropriateness: medical necessity vs cosmetic
- Funding, remuneration models and ethics: doctors vs service providers
- Current practices: US vs South Africa
- Deep venous approaches: are we over utilising venous stents too?
- The importance of prevention: when is it right to intervene - early or late?
- Expertise: who should be treating venous disease?
- Best practices, metrics and defining criteria
- Education and training: to improve decision making and regulation

Hosted by Dr Laura Redman and produced by Radcliffe Vascular. Follow us on social media for the latest updates on the next episode @RadcliffeVASCU today!

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