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Say goodbye to unsightly varicose veins
Veins have non-return valves at various points. Blood can flow freely through them, but the valves close to prevent blood flowing back the wrong way. If these valves stop working properly, pressure in the vessels can build up, causing those nearest the surface of the skin (superficial vessels) to enlarge and twist. This usually causes the vein to become visible on the skin, showing up as unsightly blue or dark purple lines. These are known as varicose veins.
Anyone can develop varicose veins, although they are more common in people aged between 20 – 50 and those who spend a lot of time standing (like hairdressers and shop assistants). They also occur more frequently in women.
Unfortunately, varicose veins will not go away naturally. Once you have them, they are with you to stay…unless you have varicose vein surgery.
If you are unhappy with your varicose veins, effective treatments are available to improve the appearance of your legs. At BMI Bath Clinic we can arrange an appointment for you with a specialist vascular consultant at a time convenient to you to discuss treatment options.
In addition to venous conditions, problems can also occur within the arteries. Peripheral arterial disease occurs when the blood vessels supplying the limbs become narrowed. This narrowing (or sometimes a complete blockage) reduces the blood flow to the affected area. While a relatively small narrowing may only cause mild or even no symptoms, a more significant narrowing may cause symptoms such as:
Our vascular specialists at BMI Bath Clinic can investigate and diagnose problems in any of these vessels, although treatment for more serious vascular conditions will be arranged outside the hospital. Your consultant will refer you to the appropriate specialist or service where appropriate.
Whether you are struggling with pain in your legs after walking or would like to talk with somebody about varicose vein treatment, our experienced Consultant Vascular Surgeons would be delighted to meet with you.
Varicose veins are not life-threatening, but they will often become more prominent over time if left untreated.
As they become larger and more visible, many people find their confidence and self-image is affected. They may start to wear clothes specifically to cover up their legs, so that the varicose veins cannot be seen. While this may be fine in colder weather, in the warm summer months it can be easy to get quite disheartened knowing that you can’t wear shorts, skirts or bathing costumes without having your varicose veins prominently on display.
Sometimes smaller veins in the leg are affected, creating a thin, spider-like appearance on the legs. These are referred to as spider veins (or thread veins).
There are three reasons people may choose to have private varicose vein surgery:
Many people will not have symptoms but will want to have varicose vein surgery for cosmetic reasons, to improve the appearance of their legs.
Between 50 - 60% of people with varicose veins may have symptoms related to them. Common symptoms include:
The NHS does not routinely treat varicose veins as they are perceived as more of a cosmetic problem than a medical one. It is only if they cause more serious problems, such as leg ulcers, that help is available. Treatments advised on the NHS website include using compression stockings, avoiding standing up for long periods of time and exercising regularly.
While these can be helpful, they are primarily aimed at relieving symptoms and not at treating the source of the problem and thus improving the appearance of the legs.
By choosing to have private varicose vein surgery at an earlier stage, you reduce your risk of developing a more serious problem at a later date.
Fortunately, there have been significant advances since then! Modern minimally invasive vascular surgery provides far faster, simpler treatment options with much quicker recovery times.
Varicose veins can be treated at BMI Bath Clinic using a number of techniques, including:
A small thin wire is passed into the varicose vein and used to position the VNUS probe. Heat energy is then used to seal the vein up from the inside. This causes blood to be re-directed through other healthy veins, reducing the pressure within the varicose veins so that they can shrink back to their normal (less visible) size.
This can be performed under a local anaesthetic and because only very small incisions are made in the skin, you will have less pain and bruising, fewer (and smaller) scars and will be able to return to normal activity almost immediately.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a chemical into a vein that causes them to seal up. Foam spreads rapidly through the vein and is very effective at pushing blood out and sealing up the vein. The foam is injected under ultrasound guidance to ensure precision. This can be used to treat varicose veins and thread/spider veins.
With either method, you will be able to drive again within 48 hours and return to work after 3-4 days. There are no sutures or stitches to worry about and many people will not require any form of pain relief (those that do will only require mild analgesia). It really is a very straightforward operation.
Our vascular consultants are highly experienced in treating varicose veins. A diagnostic scan after your initial consultation (see below) will help determine the most suitable treatment option for you, and you will then be able to decide how you would like to proceed.
They will perform a physical examination of your leg, investigating all possible causes of the physical symptoms you have.
Ultrasound is an invaluable diagnostic tool for many vascular conditions and can help determine the best treatment option for you. After your consultation, a duplex ultrasound will be arranged if appropriate to show both the speed of blood flow and the structure of the leg veins. This is used to confirm where the varicose veins are originating, so that the ideal treatment can be planned.
This is often all that is needed to confirm a diagnosis and to plan treatment. If this is the case, the next time you see your consultant will be for your varicose vein surgery. It is a very quick, streamlined process, and we will arrange your surgery for you at the earliest opportunity.
If your symptoms suggest any type of arterial disease, your consultant may arrange for you to have an MRI or CT scan to better assess the health of your arteries. These are both available on-site at BMI Bath Clinic and can be easily arranged if required. The results will help your consultant determine whether surgery will be required or whether referral to another specialist is needed.
Leg pain can sometimes be caused by a non-vascular problem, such as a trapped nerve in the spine or arthritic damage to a joint. For this reason, your consultant works closely with other specialists, including spinal and orthopaedic surgeons. If they suspect there is another reason for your leg pain, they will refer you to the most appropriate specialist for help.
Whatever the cause of your symptoms turns out to be, whether vascular or non-vascular, any treatment you receive at BMI Bath Clinic will always be led and delivered by a consultant.
People visit us from Bath and the surrounding areas, including Bristol and South Wales.
If you are considering private varicose vein surgery, we believe you will not find a better place to come for comprehensive support, treatment, care and follow-up than BMI Bath Clinic. Here’s why:
We look forward to welcoming you to BMI Bath Clinic and helping you to say “goodbye” to your varicose veins!
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