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Varicose Vein Treatments
Modern treatments for Leg Veins
It used to be the case that surgical stripping was the only option available to treat superficial vein reflux and varicose veins. This involved admission to hospital, treatment in an operating theatre under general anaesthetic and major surgical incisions and scars. In our opinion surgical stripping is outdated and should no longer be performed. There are much better treatments available now which do not involve general anaesthetic and which have better cosmetic results and with a much lower risk the varicose veins returning. In addition they can be performed in a clinic rather than a hospital on a walk in walk out basis under local anaesthetic. The recovery after these new treatments is much more comfortable and far quicker. Most people can return to driving, work and social activities the next day.
There are 3 main methods of treating superficial vein reflux, tributaries and visible varicose veins:
- The use of heat energy inside the vein, called endothermal ablation
- Injection treatment with a prescription medicine called a sclerosant – Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy
- Microsurgical extraction of lumpy surface veins (also called phlebectomy or microphlebectomy)
These new treatments are minimally invasive and are administered through pinprick-sized incisions in the skin, under local anaesthetic and under ultrasound monitoring.
Each method has pros and cons and some people are more suited to one of these treatment options rather than another. So, although varicose veins may look very similar from one person to another, the root cause of the problem and the type of reflux may be very different in each individual. The specialist also needs to consider the patient’s medical history and special requirements. At The VeinCare Centre, we offer a patient-centred, tailored programme using a combination of these treatment methods in line with independent expert opinion from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Clinical Guideline CG168)
In addition, we believe that treatments are best performed under local anaesthetic on a walk-in, walk-out basis. Our team is very experienced in treating people under local anaesthetic, even those who are very nervous.