Treatments for Veins
Experienced Consultant Vascular Surgeon Mr Simon Ashley offers procedures to treat thread veins and varicose veins using the latest non-surgical techniques. Most varicose vein treatments are literally “walk-in, walk-out” with little, if any, discomfort. All types of varicose veins problems are treated.
Initially a detailed assessment of your varicose veins or thread veins will be made by consultation and physical examination. This will be followed by hand-held Doppler assessment (a very basic ultrasound test) and in virtually all cases a colour venous duplex scan (a detailed vascular ultrasound test) will be arranged before making a final decision regarding the optimal treatment. The latter is an essential component of the management of most patients with varicose veins in order to clarify the venous anatomy and sites of venous incompetence (leaky valves in the veins, also called “reflux”) as well as to check on the integrity of the deeper veins before embarking on any treatment.
Varicose veins are abnormally swollen (dilated) veins that are visible just below the surface of the skin.
Varicose veins are extremely common and affect both women and men, young and older. In many individuals they cause no symptoms at all and are completely harmless. Typical symptoms may include heaviness, aching, cramp, itching and swelling. A minority will suffer from more severe symptoms such as phlebitis, varicose eczema and skin discolouration. In some patients varicose skin changes can progress to chronic leg ulcers.
The majority of people with varicose veins are suitable for simple non-invasive “walk-in, walk-out” treatment. Surgery is rarely required. A Duplex scan is essential before treatment options can be discussed.
Dilated small veins in the skin itself are sometimes called “thread veins”, “spider veins” “broken veins” or “flare veins”. Although these may be unsightly they are not the same as varicose veins. Thread veins on the legs are very common especially in women. Although they may look unsightly, they usually cause no symptoms at all. Very occasionally, local discomfort / irritation or aching in the leg may occur, but this is exceptionally rare.
It is important to be assessed by a specialist to exclude an underlying varicose vein disorder before any treatment is administered in order to avoid making the situation worse. Treatment is usually by Microinjection Sclerotherapy (Microsclerotherapy).
A complete range of vein treatments are available including varicose veins, recurrent varicose veins, thread veins, leg ulcers, microsclerotherapy, venaseal, endovenous laser, foam sclerotherapy, liquid sclerotherapy, clarivein, surgery for leg ulcers. Please call to book a consultation and find out more.