Varicose vein treatments

TREATMENTS TO RELIEVE THE SYMPTONS OF VARICOSE VEINS


Surgery or treatment can relieve the symptoms of your varicose veins and improve the appearance of unsightly veins

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What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are swollen, enlarged veins that are purple and bulging in appearance.

Normal veins have many one-way valves to help flow blood back to your heart. If you have varicose veins, the valves in your veins aren't working properly.

There are several different types of treatments available to remove them and your consultant will discuss your options with you.

Need to know

There are four main types of operations to treat varicose veins:

  • Endovenous thermal ablation: Your surgeon will insert a catheter into your vein and apply heat (radio-frequency or laser energy) to close it off, preventing blood flow. Blood then flows through healthy veins.
  • Sclerotherapy: Your surgeon will inject foam into your vein to close it. Blood is directed through healthy veins.
  • Endoscopic perforator vein surgery: Using minimally invasive surgery, your surgeon will close the veins, either by clipping or by using heat to seal them.
  • Vein ligation or stripping: Your surgeon or doctor will remove your vein through small cuts in your legs.
Your consultant will let you know what type of treatment is best for you, what's involved in the procedure and how to prepare. You may need to have a general anaesthetic for your procedure, so your consultant will let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand.

Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you. You should arrange to have someone to take you home after your treatment.
Depending on what type of procedure you have, you may have to wear compression stockings for a week or so to help with blood flow in your legs. You may have some pain in your varicose veins for a couple of weeks after your treatment.

Your consultant will let you know what to expect and when you can get back to your usual routine. They'll also let you know what you can expect in terms of how your treated varicose veins might look in the weeks after your procedure.
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Varicose vein treatments Consultants

Professor Vassilis Hadjianastassiou

Professor Vassilis Hadjianastassiou

General Surgery

Mr Mohamed Abdelhamid

Mr Mohamed Abdelhamid

General Surgery

Mr Mital Desai

Mr Mital Desai

General Surgery

Mr Pranav Somaiya

Mr Pranav Somaiya

Vascular Surgery

Our Varicose vein treatments locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

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