Varicose Vein Treatment
Highly effective treatment for varicose veins.
Mr Tahir Ali was jointly appointed as a substantive Consultant Surgeon post between Ashford & St Peters NHS Foundation Trust and Epsom General Hospital in July 2010. His published research interests are carotid artery, complex aneurysm surgery, venous and endovascular surgery. Mr Ali is a top rated vein surgeon and highly considered amongst his peers.
Mr Tahir Ali MB ChB, MS, FRCS – Vascular Surgery Specialist
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are swollen or enlarged veins, which usually occur on the legs. They are generally blue or dark purple in colour and can be very uncomfortable and painful to the individual.
What causes varicose veins?
Varicose veins are caused by weak vein walls and valves, the walls of the veins can become stretched and lose their elasticity which is what causes the valve weakness. As the valves weaken blood flows backwards, causing it to collect in the vein. Varicose veins appear under the skin in the legs and can become bulged and or twisted.
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
Symptoms of varicose veins can vary between individuals however can include:
- aching, heavy feeling in the legs
- a change in the appearance of the skin
- burning or throbbing sensation in the legs
- muscle cramps, at night
- swollen feet and ankles
How are varicose veins treated?
The treatment of varicose veins varies depending on the individual, an initial assessment is carried out using duplex ultrasound to investigate the root cause of the problem. Using the results from the scan enables our expert Consultant to tailor a bespoke treatment package for each patient. Using this approach helps minimise the risk of recurrence to 3% or less. At Private GP Clinic, we offer several treatments including sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation and micro phlebectomy.
What are the side effects of RFA varicose vein treatment?
Radio-Frequency Ablation (RFA) is considered a low-risk procedure. The main risk is a small amount of bleeding or infection, both of which are minimal. The procedure is carried out using local anaesthesia with tiny incisions of less than 2mm. As this is a minimally invasive procedure patients can resume daily activity almost immediately with minimal risks. Any soreness or inflammation will disappear within a few days.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a solution directly into the affected vein, which irritates the blood vessel causing it to collapse and stick together and the blood to clot. Over time the collapsed vessel will turn into scar tissue, fading from view. The procedure takes between 15-30 minutes. Side effects of this procedure include raised red areas at the injection site, which may last a few days and mild itchiness may occur.
What is Microphlebectomy?
Also known as ambulatory phlebectomy, is the removal of varicose veins without surgery. The procedure involves numbing the skin around the vein, small nicks are then made in the surrounding skin and the vein is removed using a special hooked instrument. After the procedure, the leg is bandaged, and normal daily activities can be resumed within 24 hours. Compression stockings will need to be worn for 2-3 weeks following the procedure and strenuous exercise avoided for two weeks.
This is an effective treatment for veins which are just below the surface of the skin, with a success rate of more than 90%. The main risks associated with this treatment include the risk of infection and permanent discolouration of the skin.
How much does varicose vein surgery cost and how do I book an initial vein appointment?
An initial assessment costs £150 – includes a duplex scan to determine a bespoke treatment plan.
Varicose vein surgery costs from £2500, the price will vary depending on the complexity of the treatment required.
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