Safety during Laser Varicose Vein Treatment

For reasons of safety,  we believe that vein procedures are best carried out under local anaesthetic on a walk-in walk-out basis. By avoiding general anaesthetics and a prolonged recovery period, there is virtually no risk to the heart and breathing and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is vanishingly rare. This procedure is safe, effective with very low risk.

We also believe that as well as providing treatments that are safe, it is important to look after the comfort of our patients and to reassure them at every stage of the procedure. For these … Continue reading »

Varicose Eczema: 10 Commonest Questions asked and the Answers

Varicose eczema is a serious and common condition and at the VeinCare Centre we frequently get asked questions about it. In this video, I am going to cover the 10 commonest questions we get asked and I will give you our answers.

  1. What is varicose eczema? The term varicose eczema is in fact a misnomer and it is very misleading. This condition is neither an eczema — a skin problem- nor is it caused by varicose veins. The term arose before we fully understood the true nature of the problem. So varicose eczema can develop … Continue reading »

Many Methods of Vein Treatment are Available Now.

Cornelis M.A. Bruijninckx

There a many methods available to treat leg vein conditions. Vein Specialists need to take into account what is available and patients need more information. Today’s guest blog is by Cornelis Bruijninckx – 

“Nowadays there are numerous ways to treat patients with varicose veins. Although most methods are equally effective, they differ greatly at several levels.

They differ at the level of the principle of the treatment: firstly eliminating the reflux in the superficial venous trunks (great and/or small saphenous vein) or firstly removing (or closing) the visible secondary varicose veins? The … Continue reading »

How a Comprehensive Understanding of Your Ultrasound System Will Streamline Your Phlebology Practice

Ultrasound is the eyes of vascular practitioners, facilitating success in every Phlebology practice worldwide. For a vascular technologist, a comprehensive understanding of the ultrasound system will add tremendous value via image optimisation, which allows for complete diagnostic confidence in the ultrasound findings, acquisition of appropriate candidates for intervention, and development of an effective treatment plan.

It is crucial to consider each component of the ultrasound system in order to achieve each of these goals and, ultimately, streamline the Phlebology practice.

A comprehensive understanding of the … Continue reading »

Your Privacy Rights are Changing – GDPR

Your privacy rights are being strengthened on 25th May and our privacy policy has changed in line with new legislation.

GDPRMaintaining the security of your data is a priority at The Melbury Clinic VeinCare Centre, and we are committed to respecting your privacy rights.  We pledge to handle your data fairly and legally at all times. The Melbury Clinic is also dedicated to being transparent about what data we collect about you and how we use it.

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the culmination of four years of efforts … Continue reading »

Leg Ulcer Research – Leg Ulcers Heal More Quickly

A medical study published in the New England Journal of Medicine just a few days’ ago confirms what many vein experts already knew. Early endovenous ablation of superficial venous reflux results in faster healing of venous leg ulcers and more time free from ulcers than deferred endovenous ablation.

This answers the question that many patients ask: “If I have a leg ulcer, should I have my veins treated now, or should I wait until the ulcer is healed?”

You can read the study for yourself in full. But in summary, this is … Continue reading »

Training Courses at the VeinCare Centre

The Veincare Team are pleased to announce that in collaboration with Wessex Diagnostic, we now provide live and interactive training on the practical aspects of performing venous procedures under local anaesthetic.

This one-day course covers: how to set up your treatment room; preliminary vein mapping; vein access under ultrasound guidance; the Seldinger technique; endovenous catheter and laser positioning; administration of tumescent local anaesthetic; adjunctive procedures such as phlebectomy and foam sclerotherapy; and demonstrations of Microsclerotherapy for leg telangiectasias

This course is aimed at consultants,  higher trainees in vascular … Continue reading »

Endovenous Laser Treatment – A Live Demonstration

Endothermal Ablation. During endothermal ablation, the veins affected by reflux are treated from the inside with heat energy.  I perform this under local anaesthetic under ultrasound guidance. With an ultrasound probe on the skin, the unhealthy vein is located and the skin overlying the vein is numbed with local anaesthetic and then a small needle is inserted into this vein. Through the needle a fine catheter is inserted into the vein and advanced along the vein under the skin and positioned accurately to the site where the superficial vein joins the deep vein, confirmed by ultrasound. The vein is then … Continue reading »

New for 2018: The Comprehensive Review of Varicose Veins, Varicose Eczema, Leg Ulcers, Hand Veins

Comprehensive Review of All Aspects of Lower Limb Vein Conditions.

Everyone knows that venous disease is common and important. The Bonn Vein Study is one of the largest and most quoted medical studies looking at how common venous disease is. It looked at over 3000 adults: the participants completed a questionnaire, they were examined carefully and they underwent an ultrasound scan. They were allocated into one of 7 classes. C0 being a completely normal assessment with no signs of vein abnormality all the way to C6 which is an open leg ulcer. There are … Continue reading »

How Common Are Varicose Veins?

Many people are affected by vein conditions. But just how common are they?

 

The Bonn Vein Study is one of the largest and most quoted medical studies looking at how common venous disease is. It looked at over 3000 adults: the participants completed a questionnaire, they were examined carefully and they underwent an ultrasound scan. They were allocated into one of 7 classes. C0 being a completely normal assessment with no signs of vein abnormality all the way to C6 which is an open leg ulcer. There are 3 striking findings from this study. … Continue reading »