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History is made at Churchill Private Hospital, Blenheim

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Thursday 15th August, 2013

History is made at Churchill Private Hospital, Blenheim.

This month history has been made at the Churchill Private Hospital in Blenheim as local appearance medicine specialist, Dr David Orsbourn has, for the very first time in Marlborough, performed Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) to eradicate his patient’s varicose veins.

Dr Orsbourn has an extensive medical background in general practice, musculoskeletal disorders, obstetrics and appearance medicine. He has been offering EVLT in Nelson at his “enhanceskin” practice for the past year, and has seen a significant increase in enquiries from the Marlborough region. He says “with the new building opening at Churchill Private Hospital it seemed like perfect timing, and far more sensible for me to begin a clinic there and travel to Blenheim, than to expect patients to travel to Nelson for their treatment”.

The “walk in, walk out” procedure uses targeted laser energy to seal the vein shut. A needle is inserted and a laser fibre is then fed up through the needle into the vein. After administration of local anaesthetic the fibre with its laser light is slowly withdrawn, shrinking and sealing off the vein.

Local Blenheim Sonographer, Lindsay McCallum, assists Dr Orsbourn in the procedure, which takes approximately two hours and has a 98% success rate at five years, with immediate relief of physical symptoms.

Churchill Private Hospital general manager Nicki Stretch says “it’s wonderful that Dr Orsbourn has decided to offer this service in Marlborough, and the convenience of local treatment and follow ups is such a benefit for local patients, fitting perfectly within our Mission Statement, “Providing private healthcare in Marlborough for Marlborough”.”

Dr Orsbourn says his frequency of clinics in Blenheim is increasing as word of the results and local availability of this very effective vein treatment spreads; “interest has grown considerably, and I’m having to make more regular journeys over the Whangamoa Hills!”

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