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Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins

We offer a wide range of treatments for varicose and thread veins.

Approximately 30% of women and 15% of men develop varicose veins in their lifetime, and while the condition can be unsightly, it does not usually pose any serious health problems.

Removal of varicose veins used to be a fairly standard treatment available on the NHS, but unfortunately, this is no longer the case. For most people who want their varicose veins treated for cosmetic reasons, the only option is to be treated privately. This does, however, open up a lot more options to the patient.

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose Veins are enlarged dilated veins resulting from excessive pressure on the vein walls which then stretch and bulge. Pressure builds up when the valves within the veins stop working and the vein wall weakens.

There are various reasons why varicose veins can develop, but they are common and affect up to 50% of the population. Factors which may make varicose veins more likely including being female, having a job that involves long periods of standing, having a close family member with varicose veins, older age, obesity and pregnancy.

What problems can they cause?

Symptoms can vary from none at all to severe discomfort and aching particularly on standing. The cosmetic appearance can be very distressing and in severe cases, ulcers can develop around the ankles.


Surgical Method
The surgical method usually involves a procedure to strip the non-functional vein from the affected area. The main disadvantages of conventional surgery for varicose veins have been the need for hospital admission, general anaesthesia and the extent of bruising and discomfort post operatively requiring time off work as well as restricted activities. Most surgeons recommend at least 1-2 weeks off work depending on the type of work.

Non –Surgical Method
Endovenous laser treatment’ (EVLT) involves passing a laser fibre along the abnormal vein. Using ultrasound to guide the fibre, the surgeon is able to treat the vein without stripping it from the body. The technique means that no overnight hospital stay is needed or general anaesthetic used. This revolutionary procedure minimises the pain and bruising associated with conventional saphenous vein stripping and means that the usual 1-2 weeks off work can be avoided, as the operation is often performed under local anaesthetic. 

Treatment for Thread Veins 
We also provides Sclerotherapy treatment for thread veins. Thread Veins (also known as Spider veins or broken veins) are a common problem, particularly affecting women. Small red or purple veins can form anywhere on the leg and while they do not pose any major health risk, they may cause discomfort. Sclerotherapy works by injecting the thread veins with a small amount of solution, making them fade.

As with all our services, these consultations and treatments are carried out by fully trained and registered healthcare professionals in a clean, professional and friendly environment clinic, with strict measures for the control of infection

Next steps

For more information or to book an appointment, please call 01279 212952  or contact us via our online form for further details of varicose vein treatments at Rivers Hospital and how to make an appointment.

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