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DO I NEED A CONSULTATION AND SCAN IF I JUST HAVE THREAD VEINS?

Irrelevant of the type of veins a patient presents with, varicose or simply thread veins, it is necessary for all our patients to have a consultation and duplex ultrasound scan prior to undergoing any treatment. A duplex ultrasound scan is the only way to accurately determine whether there is an underlying problem causing the veins visible on the outside of the legs, and any other symptoms associated with veins such as throbbing, aching, itching, swelling etc. 

If a patient presents with thread or minor varicose veins (i.e. no obvious bulging varicose veins), it is important to rule out whether there is a underlying problem causing them before commencing treatment. Often superficial veins on the surface e.g. thread veins, will be treated without first fixing the cause. It is really important to us that if the scan reveals there is an underlying cause, that this is dealt with first. If the visible veins are treated but not the source, the veins will more than likely recur. A simple analogy is if you have a leaky pipe; you can mop up the water on the floor, but if you don't fix the pipe the water will continue to come back again and again. 

This is not to say that patients will always have an underlying cause which needs treating, e.g. with EVLA, as often there isn't any major reflux in the veins. If this is the case, the visible veins can be treated simply using for example foam sclerotherapy or micro sclerotherapy, but sometimes with thermocoagulation or micro-avulsions.

Our consultation costs £250 and includes a colour duplex ultrasound scan.

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