The ‘Gold Standard’ is part of a system developed by NICE to grade different procedures, and means that a treatment is one of the best recommended options for that particular condition. NICE guidelines, set up to address the shortcomings of other healthcare grading systems, assess the safety and effectiveness of medical treatments through solid evidence and thorough reports.
Their findings for varicose veins show that the success rate after five years for EVLA is 95.4%, compared to only 75.7% for vein stripping, and their grading decisions are based on statistics like this alongside how invasive the procedure is, possible complications, and recovery periods.
Here at The Private Clinic we favour the gold standard EVLA treatment for all varicose vein patients where suitable. To find out more about our treatments or to book your consultation click here.