What Varicose Veins Treatment Is Available?
Tight-fitting stockings support the veins from outside and help to stop the blood pooling and stretching the veins. These are used either after treatment or on their own.
If the problem is very localised, a chemical can be injected directly into the bulging vein causing it to shrink (known as ‘sclerotherapy’). This procedure may be sufficient on its own or maybe necessary after surgery or laser treatment.
If the whole vein system is incompetent, the varicose veins may be stripped from the thigh by making a groin incision under general anaesthetic. Full recovery from surgery can take several weeks and this procedure can be undertaken as a day case or overnight stay. Further visits may be required to eliminate secondary varicosities and superficial unsightly veins (spider veins).
Laser Ablation (EVLT)
A non-surgical way of treating varicose veins has been developed which involves the insertion of a laser fibre into the varicose vein of the thigh from the knee to the groin using ultrasound imaging to guide the way. Further visits may be required to eliminate secondary varicosities and superficial unsightly veins (spider veins).
What is best for me?
The exact choice of varicose veins treatment depends on the particular nature of your veins, your medical background and most importantly your wishes.
How do I decide?
You can come for an initial consultation and assessment at which time the surgeon will arrange for you to have an ultrasound Duplex scan to map out the condition of your veins, discuss your relevant medical background and explain the options to you, for you to decide.