Endovenous radiofrequency therapy (EVLT) is a minimally invasive method used as an alternative treatment for varicose veins. When compared to ligation and stripping, EVLT has a higher success rate (up to 98%). It is also less painful and does not result in scarring. The procedure, which is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), provides immediate symptoms relief, can be performed in an hour, and does not require general anaesthesia.
Despite the many benefits of endovenous radiofrequency therapy, many Westerners who suffer from unsightly varicose veins are still unable to take advantage of it. This is mainly because the procedure costs thousands of dollars in many developed countries.
However, thanks to medical tourism, Westerners can have the procedure done in Southeast Asia where they only have to pay just 25% of what they would spend in the United States or Europe but still receive world-class treatment.
Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore feature many world-class hospitals that offer high-quality endovenous radiofrequency therapy. These hospitals use the same cutting-edge equipment and breakthrough methods used in other developed nations. Many of these hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation. These accreditations acknowledge the hospitals’ world-class services and dedication to superior patient care. These accreditations also mean that the hospitals have passed rigorous credentialing process and provide international standards of care; the same as what you can expect in your home country.
Aside from modern technologies, world-class medical facilities, and advanced medical infrastructures, Southeast Asia also has many western-educated and trained vascular surgeons. Some were even trained by renowned international orthopaedic surgeons and recognised by prestigious international medical organisations. As such, they have the skills, experience, and exposure needed to provide the same quality care as their western counterparts.