Varicose Veins Treatment & EVLT
Varicose veins are bulging and unsightly blue veins that occur on the legs. They can occur at any age in both men and women, but most commonly in ladies after pregnancy. They are extremely common (approximately 30% of the population will suffer from them at some stage of their lives) and they can be painful as well as unsightly. A lot of patients experience aching and serious discomfort from their veins, especially at the end of a long day standing up. Left untreated they can progress to create venous ulcers on the legs, which are difficult to treat.
Varicose veins are caused by the failure of valves in the venous system of the leg. It is essential that patients undergoing surgery for varicose veins have an accurate venous duplex scan; not doing this can result in the wrong operation being performed and the veins recurring at an early stage. A painless and non-invasive ultrasound is used to detect varicose veins and gives us the information we need to decide how best to treat your condition.
What type of people get varicose veins?
Anyone! Generally speaking as we get older the veins become more prominent, partly because varicose veins get worse with time. They also tend to become more prominent in ladies after pregnancy. However, veins can trouble people in their twenties as well as the older generation. They are more visible in people with pale skin, although people with dark skin get varicose veins just as frequently – they just aren’t so obvious.
Standard procedure for removal of varicose veins
The standard operations for varicose veins involve making a cut in the leg over the point of main valve failure and stripping out the damaged segment of vein. This operation is called a ‘high tie and strip’. The vast majority of vein specialists don’t do this operation any more, but use one of the newer minimally invasive techniques such as EVLT or the latest ClariVein® technique which are less painful. To see Eddie Chaloner answering “what treatments are available for varicose veins?’ scroll to the bottom of this page.
Radiance Health’s staff are some of the UK’s leading authorities on venous treatments. We provide the latest treatment options across London and Kent. For an initial consultation and advice, contact us now.
In the videos below Eddie Chaloner answers the questions “What are varicose veins?” and “What treatments are available for varicose veins?”.