Varicose Veins

What Are Varicose Veins and How are they Caused?

Many people will develop varicose veins at some point in thier life. A varicose vein occurs when the blood flows in the wrong direction in superficial leg veins due to the valves failing and usually causes the veins to become large and swollen.

Inherited and environmental factors are the main causes of varicose veins. Puberty, pregnancy and menopause may also influence the cause of the disease.

Varicose veins can cause feelings of fatigue, heaviness, aching, burning, throbbing, itching and cramping in the leg and produce smaller thread veins. These symptoms are often accompanied by the swelling of the ankle. Thread veins can also produce the same symptoms.

What Treatements Are Available For Varicose Veins?

Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy is our method of treatment for varicose veins although we also offer radiofrequency ablation (VNUS ClosureFAST). All of these treatments have been approved by NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) for the treatment of symptomatic varicose veins.

Ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy is performed as an outpatient procedure in our clinc which allows you to carry on life as normal. The treatment involves injections under local anaesthetic and takes about half an hour for one leg. The procedure causes minor discomfort and is carefully monitored using ultrasound imaging.

A firm compression bandage must be worn for a week afterwards. Mild discomfort and a bruising often follow treatment however, the side effects that are often experienced during the surgical procedure are often more extreme.. No time off work is needed, except for attending clinic appointments. All treatments currently available are equally effective but foam sclerotherapy is the most cost effective.

Our own experience of treating more than 3000 patients over 10 years shows that this treatment is as effective as surgical treatment. Foam sclerotherapy is by far the most effective treatment for patients with varicose veins which have returned after previous surgery.

The Treatment:

You will attend a consultation with Mr Coleridge Smith where both of your legs will be scanned and a treatment plan will be tailored to you. There are then two options that will be available to you, the first will be an "all inclusive package" this includes:

  • Full treatment of a single or both legs (prices differ based on whether one or both legs are treated). This foam sclerotherapy is applied to all of the saphenous trunks and varicies in the affected leg(s).
  • Two pairs of medical compression stockings and compression bandages.
  • Any additional sessions to treat Phlebitis or aspiration of Thrombus (blood clots that occur in the leg).
  • A follow up appointment six months post-treatment.

The package does not include:

  • Any additional pairs of stockings.
  • The treatment of individual thread veins.

Or there is an option of juat booking a single session with Mr Coleridge Smith for thirty minutes, the session is paid for on the day and does not include any extras such as the medical compression stockings. These prices may vary depending on what is required from the session.

If you follow these links they show Mr Coleridge Smith treating leg veins and talking about the different options for someone with potential varicose veins:

  • How we treat the veins
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHmo6nI8YtI
  • Different treatments available for varicose veins
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nPvbaNBoCo

Feel free to contact us for pricing and booking availability!