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Vascular surgery can treat problems that occur in your blood vessels.
Veins have special valves that stop blood flowing back on itself. If these valves stop working properly for any reason, the blood is able to move back through the veins in the wrong direction, causing pressure to build up in the vessels. Over time, this increased pressure may cause the vessels nearest the skin to enlarge and twist, showing up on the skin as unsightly blue or dark purple lies. These are known as varicose veins.
If smaller veins in the leg are affected, thin, spider-like marks can appear on the legs. These are known as spider or thread veins.
Sometimes, a build-up of pressure in a vein can damage the skin, resulting in a venous leg ulcer.
Unfortunately, once a varicose vein or spider vein has appeared, it will not resolve naturally. Indeed, left untreated they may become bigger and more visible. The only way of treating varicose veins once they have formed is with varicose vein surgery. Unfortunately, this is not available for most patients on the NHS.
A Consultant Vascular Surgeon investigates and treats problems in the blood vessels (except those in the heart and the head, which are managed by cardiologists and neurosurgeons respectively).
At BMI The Hampshire Clinic in Basingstoke, Hampshire, highly experienced Consultants provide varicose vein surgery and treatment for leg ulcers.
Left untreated, varicose veins will often become larger and more prominent over time. They can cause itchy, painful, achy legs, and may make you increasingly self-conscious about the appearance of your legs. Many people with varicose veins or leg ulcers will choose to wear clothing specifically to cover their legs, avoiding knee length garments like shorts and skirts.
While anyone can develop varicose veins, they are more common in people who spend a lot of time on their feet (like hairdressers and shop assistants) and those aged between 20 – 50. They tend to affect women more frequently than men.
Varicose veins are no longer routinely treated on the NHS as they are perceived as more of a lifestyle problem than a medical one. This can be quite frustrating for anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their legs, or who is getting symptoms caused by their varicose veins.
The people who visit BMI The Hampshire Clinic for private varicose vein surgery do so to:
If you are unhappy with varicose veins, either because of how they look or the way they make your legs feel, you do not have to just put up with it. Effective treatments are available to help improve the appearance of your legs and to relieve your symptoms. Why not book a private appointment to discuss treatment options with an experience Consultant Vascular Surgeon?
At BMI The Hampshire Clinic, a variety of varicose vein treatments are available:
Your Consultant will be able to discuss to the most suitable treatment for you once they have carried out a diagnostic scan during your initial appointment (see section below).
They will examine your leg and carry out a duplex ultrasound. This shows the speed of blood flow and the structure of the leg veins, and is used to confirm where the veins are originating so that the ideal treatment can be planned.
This is usually all that is needed to confirm a diagnosis and to plan the appropriate treatment. Your Consultant will talk you through the recommended treatment, explaining everything to you. If you have any questions or concerns, they will be very happy to discuss these with you.
Should you choose to go ahead with treatment, we will book your varicose vein surgery at the earliest opportunity.
Some vascular symptoms may require further investigation, such as an MRI or CT scan, to better assess the health of the vessels. These are easily arranged for you if required.
Similarly, if your consultant suspects there may be another reason for your symptoms, such as arthritic damage or a trapped nerve, they will refer you to the most appropriate on-site specialist for further investigation.
If varicose veins are causing you problems, why not book a private appointment to get clarity about treatments available to you? We look forward to welcoming you to BMI The Hampshire Clinic and helping you to access the treatment you need without delay.
Pay for yourself with our fixed price packages. This includes your pre-assessment, treatment, follow-ups and six months of aftercare.
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