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Veins aren’t just a cosmetic issue; they can cause symptomatic distress too. Understand your vein health and the potential venous conditions you may be experiencing.
Understand what treatments are available for the venous condition you may be experiencing.
Upfront and fixed prices. Find out exactly what you’ll pay before attending. Medical Insurance should fund varicose vein treatment.
We just do veins and are the most experienced clinic in Europe. We strive to provide patients with the best possible service in a friendly environment.
Minimally invasive techniques are designed to cause the least possible upset to the body, i.e. small or non-incisions, no need for general anaesthesia, quick recovery, little pain and few complications.
All of our treatments are minimally invasive and guided by accurate medical imaging such as colour duplex ultrasound.
We manage your vein problems by first treating their underlying root cause(s). We identify and destroy any veins that contain faulty valves, before then treating the visible varicosities. By destroying the root cause, we relieve the symptoms, reduce the visible varicosities and prevent the treated veins from returning.
The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that all patients should undergo minimally invasive treatment and not surgery. Despite this, many patients are still told by surgeons that surgery is the only answer. It should never be necessary. We have been treating patients without surgery for almost two decades. There is no need for general anaesthesia.
90% require just one follow up visit.
If pain experienced this usually occurs 5-7 days post-procedure when the treated veins start to contract. A small minority of patients get significant pain which can stop them from working for a few days.
See our Risks page for more info.
Most patients require more treatment e.g. foam sclerotherapy or avulsions/ phlebectomies.
If patients happy with results following one session, then usually no routine follow-up is necessary. If extensive thread veins, then multiple visits may be necessary.
Your treatment journey will always start with a consultation and duplex ultrasound scan to determine whether there is an underlying cause for your vein problems.
The specific treatment that we recommend will differ depending on the results of the scan, but if you have definite varicose veins, the most likely required treatment will be EVLA, followed by foam sclerotherapy and/or avulsions (AKA phlebectomies). If you only have thread veins or very small varicose veins, you may only require foam sclerotherapy or microsclerotherapy injections. We also offer embolisation treatment for those relative few whose varicose veins originate in the pelvis.
Treatment of veins using the traditional method of surgery – vein stripping – is no longer a recommended treatment option. We have never had to resort to surgery.
The main difference in technique between our minimally invasive treatments and surgery is as follows:
In a surgical procedure, the main superficial vein (great saphenous) is stripped out and removed altogether – whereas, in our methods, the vein is destroyed ‘in-situ’ (where it lies).
The outcome is the same, but the destruction of a vein can be achieved much more easily than its removal – with far fewer complications, no need for time off work and no general anaesthesia.
More importantly, the recurrence rate after surgery, and the need for repeat operations, is reported to be as high as 70%. On the flip side, our audits show that only 1.16% of patients require repeat EVLA treatment.
We do not offer surgery at Veincentre clinics.
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