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Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are prominent bulging veins on the legs. They are often accompanied by flares or ‘spider’ veins and may cause skin changes such as darkened patches, scaliness and ulceration.

The Varicose Vein Clinic offers an assessment by a Consultant Vascular Surgeon who will discuss the options and then arrange for a specialist Ultrasound scan of the legs to be completed.

Once a diagnosis is made a treatment plan with full costs will be proposed.

What are varicose veins?

They are prominent bulging veins on the legs. They are often accompanied by flares or ‘spider’ veins and may cause skin changes such as darkened patches, scaliness and ulceration.

Many patients seek help from a doctor because of the following reasons:

  • Veins are unsightly
  • Veins cause pain
  • Leg swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Itchiness
  • Eczema
  • Skin pigmentation
  • Thrombophlebitis or leg ulcers

The various treatment options available can be confusing and certain methods have a greater success with some people than others.

What causes varicose veins?

Veins have one-way valves to keep blood flowing towards the heart. If the valves fail (called ‘incompetent’), the blood pools in the veins and the rising pressure causes the veins to stretch and bulge. Clearly, this is made worse by standing up for long periods. Pregnancy typically makes varicose veins worse or more noticeable.

What are the symptoms?

Even before they are big enough to see, varicose veins cause local swelling of the skin and stretch tiny nerves in the skin. This can cause aching and heaviness of the legs, a feeling of burning in the legs, ankle swelling and itchy skin.

Varicose Vein Clinic

The Varicose Vein Clinic offers an in-depth assessment by a Consultant Vascular Surgeon who will discuss the specialist options with the patient before arranging prompt treatment.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, ENT, as well as a private GP practice and our urgent care centre, Casualty First, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information then get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 3370 1029.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRI’s a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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