Varicose Veins Treatment

If you have a varicose veins, they can be treated.

What are varicose veins?

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Varicose veins are enlarged and twisted veins in your leg. Varicose veins tend to run in families and are made worse by pregnancy and if you do a lot of standing. Both legs contain a system of deep veins, which are buried within the muscles of your leg, and a system of superficial veins which run just underneath your skin.

Sometimes weaknesses in the walls of the superficial veins cause them to enlarge. The result is a build-up of pressure in the veins, which bulge out as varicose veins.

What are the benefits of surgery?

You should no longer have varicose veins and your symptoms should improve. Surgery should help prevent the symptoms and complications that varicose veins cause.

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

Support stockings can often help the symptoms caused by varicose veins and reduce the risk of complications. There are other treatments such as injections (foam sclerotherapy) and using radiofrequency or laser energy (endovenous ablation).

What does the procedure involve?

The operation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic, but a local anaesthetic can be used.  The operation usually takes 20 minutes to 3 hours.

Your surgeon may disconnect the superficial veins from the deep veins through a cut on your groin or the back of your knee. They will probably make many small cuts, called avulsions or phlebectomies, along the length of the varicose veins where the veins have been marked.

Moreover, the main varicose vein (the great or small saphenous vein) may need to be ‘stripped out’ using a special instrument.

What complications can happen?

Like all surgical procedures, there are some levels of risks to consider. Some of these can be serious and can even cause death. However, you can speak to your doctor about the following general and specific complications that may worry you.

General complications of any operation

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Unsightly scarring of your skin
  • Blood clot in your leg
  • Blood clot in your lung

Specific complications of this operation

  • Developing a lump under your wound
  • Numbness or a tingling sensation
  • Damage to nerves
  • Continued varicose veins
  • Developing thread veins
  • Swelling of your leg
  • Major injury to the main arteries, veins or nerves of your leg

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the same day or the day after and will be able to return to work within a few days. This will depend on your type of work.

As long as your wounds have healed, you should be able to carry out normal activities as soon as you are comfortable. With regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice. Most people make a full recovery.

Summary

Varicose veins are a common problem and can lead to complications if left untreated. Support stockings can help to control symptoms but will not remove the varicose veins. To find out more, call us on 0808 101 0337.

 

Acknowledgements

Author: Mr Bruce Braithwaite MChir FRCS

Illustrator: Medical Illustration Copyright © Nucleus Medical Art. All rights reserved. www.nucleusinc.com

Pricing

Stripping of varicose vein (one leg)

Patient pathway Initial consultation Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A £2,473 Included £2,473
Consultants fees £200 Included Included £200
Total £2,673
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Main treatment
Hospital fees £2,473
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £2,673

Varicose vein and groin surgery

Patient pathway Initial consultation Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A £5,645 Included £5,645
Consultants fees £200 Included Included £200
Total £5,845
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Main treatment
Hospital fees £5,645
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £5,845

Varicose vein removal (ablation) (one leg) with radiofrequency

Patient pathway Initial consultation Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A £3,214 Included £3,214
Consultants fees £200 Included Included £200
Total £3,414
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Main treatment
Hospital fees £3,214
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £3,414

Varicose vein removal (excision) (one leg)

Patient pathway Initial consultation Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A £2,166 Included £2,166
Consultants fees £200 Included Included £200
Total £2,366
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Main treatment
Hospital fees £2,166
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £2,366

Terms & Conditions

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