Abnormalities of the veins are very common and distressing. Varicose veins and spider veins on the legs affect almost half of all adults, causing embarrassment and limiting what people will wear. For many people these two conditions adversely affect their quality of life, destroying their confidence, preventing them enjoying holidays and social activities. At the Vein Care Centre we understand that many people simply want their legs to look better.
For many other people, abnormal leg veins are not simply cosmetic. The underlying problem is a medical condition called superficial venous reflux. This underlying problem causes the visible varicose veins and spider veins and it requires a full assessment by duplex ultrasound. Only with a duplex scan can the correct treatment option be planned. In addition, reflux is a progressive abnormality, which, if left untreated can cause serious complications such as phlebitis, varicose eczema, leg ulceration, bleeding and deep vein thrombosis. Furthermore, many people with superficial venous reflux suffer years of ache, throbbing, itch and leg swelling. Vein Specialists agree that early treatment not only improves the appearance of the legs, but it improves the leg vein circulation, and in so doing, it reduces the risks of progression and complications. Treatment at an early stage offers significant health benefits. Modern non-invasive treatments have replaced surgical stripping operations and typically they are performed under local anaesthetic on a walk in walk out basis.
Although leg vein problems are very common, facial spider veins, bulging hand and arm veins as well as veins originating in the pelvis and ovaries also affect a significant number of people. These problems also cause distress and in some cases they progress to cause complications. These issues also require assessment and treatment by specialists.
Unfortunately, the NHS is unable to fully address these issues. Strict rationing has resulted in many patients being denied treatment and, furthermore, surgical stripping is still being frequently performed in the health service. For these reasons, many people are seeking private treatment options. The Vein Care Centre is an important resource for trusted information and for modern clinically-proven treatments.