The VeinCare Centre was established in 2002 and next month, we will be celebrating our 10th birthday! To mark this important anniversary, we are extending our offer of FREE LEG VEIN ULTRASOUND SCANS to people in Salisbury, Poole, Taunton, Bristol, Yeovil and Dorchester. In addition, we have a series of open events on Saturday, 22 September and Sunday, 23 September.
A lot has happened in the last 10 years
“In 2002, I was the first surgeon to perform VNUS Closure in the South West. VNUS Closure was the very first nonsurgical treatment for superficial vein reflux and varicose veins. It was invented in 1999 in California but I didn’t start treating patients with this technique until it was clear that there was a significant advantage over surgical stripping under general anaesthetic. Although I like to offer the latest and most advanced treatments for varicose veins, I never perform anything that is still experimental. Over the last 15 years, the NHS has developed very strict criteria for the treatment of varicose veins and fewer and fewer operations for varicose veins are now being performed. So, in 2002, I established The VeinCare Centre which was one of the very first clinics in the United Kingdom to deal exclusively with vein conditions. Since then, I was the first surgeon in the South West to perform ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy, endovenous laser and, now, I am the first surgeon in the South West to offer VenasealTM (Superglue). The VCC now has a large team of specialists, vascular technologists, nurses and administrative staff whose aim is to provide the very best possible advice and treatment for varicose veins, thread veins and related conditions (such as varicose eczema, phlebitis, bleeding and ulceration). As a service to people in the South West, the VCC offers free ultrasound scans and vein screening for those who are concerned about the health of their legs. So, as we come to the end of our first decade as a specialist vein clinic, what are the changes likely to occur in the next 10 years? Well, my prediction is that “superglue” will be well established and it will be followed by a new generation of “non-thermal” treatments for varicose veins that may replace VNUS and Laser. These do not use heat energy and so they carry less risk to the skin and to the nearby nerves. In addition, they do not require local anaesthetic injections and the treatments are very quick. Furthermore, compression hosiery is not required after non-thermal “superglue” treatment and this is particularly welcomed by patients. Our new Bristol Clinic opens in just a few weeks and perhaps by 2022 we will have a national chain of VCC clinics all across England!”
To book your free duplex ultrasound scan or to attend one of our educational open events please use our contact form or call (0800) 698 3467