Latest Treatments for Varicose Veins – 2017

At Our last VeinCare Event held on Monday 12th June 2017 at Yeovil Court Hotel,  I discussed modern treatments for varicose veins, varicose eczema, phlebitis and varicose ulcers.

The Programme included

  • Why veins are important
  • Introduction to superficial venous reflux
  • The role of duplex ultrasound
  • Varicose veins and spider veins
  • Modern non-surgical treatments
  • Why local anaesthetic walk in treatments are best
  • How to recognise phlebitis, varicose eczema and deep vein thrombosis
  • NICE Guidance

If  you missed it, you can watch the recording of the event below.

To reserve your place at our next open event, please use the contact form or call 01935 873951.

 

 

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Tips for Healthy Legs on Holiday

If you are planning a trip to a hot sunny holiday destination, here are my tips for keeping your legs healthy.

  1. Firstly, I suggest you consider ways of reducing the risks of leg swelling and deep vein thrombosis on the journey, particularly if you are going on a long haul flight.  Do the inflight exercises, keep hydrated, keep moving and consider medical compression socks.
  2. When you get to your vacation destination, the heat will inevitably increase your tendency to leg swelling. If you have a tendency to oedema anyway, this will be worse in hot weather. Now oedema increases your risk of … Continue reading »

Varicose Eczema without Varicose Veins – A Important Lesson

Did you know, that you can develop varicose eczema without any varicose veins? It’s important, because, if you have a rash on your calf, near your ankle, you may be at risk of ulceration without even knowing it.

Superficial venous reflux is a condition which commonly affects the legs. It is characterised by a failure of the one way valves in the veins under the skin. The delicate folds in the vein lining do not meet and blood can travel backwards down the vein in the wrong direction. The commonest problem that arises is the appearance of varicose veins. But other … Continue reading »

Driving After Leg Vein Treatments

People rely on their cars more and more and a question I frequently get asked is “when can I drive after my vein treatment?”. Well it to some extent it depends on the treatment that you are having.

So for example if you are having the VenaSeal® procedure (that’s where we use a medical superglue inside the vein) or the Clarivein® procedure you can drive yourself straightaway. That means you can drive to the clinic and home or back to work even after your treatment. That’s because we use very little local anaesthetic in fact usually just … Continue reading »

I Think I Have A DVT. What Should I do?

So, you have a swollen or tender calf. You have just got off a plane or come out of hospital and you are worried that you may have a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). What should you do? Well read on and find out.

Early diagnosis and prompt treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis is very important. Clots in the deep veins of the legs can travel to the lungs causing pulmonary embolism and death. In fact pulmonary embolism is second only to heart attack as a cause of sudden death. The media seems to regularly report the unexpected death of … Continue reading »

12 Years With Varicose Eczema: Shocking Lessons

Last month, I met a patient with varicose eczema who really shocked me. She had suffered with this condition for 12 years and nothing had been done. Sadly, the condition is often misdiagnosed and neglected but this is not what shocked me in her case.

I first met Anne when she accompanied her daughter to my clinic. In fact it was her daughter who had an appointment to see me as she had varicose veins with phlebitis. During her daughter’s consultation, Anne who was in the waiting area started chatting with our clinic nurse and she commented that she had a … Continue reading »

Worse Than We Thought – Latest Research on Reflux and Vein Complications

Doctors have known for a long time that the presence of varicose veins is associated with an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis. The underlying cause of varicose veins is superficial venous reflux. However, a substantial proportion of people with reflux do not have varicose veins and they only develop them later in life. Until now, there was no evidence that superficial reflux is associated with an increased risk of DVT. Well research just published changes all that. 

A careful study from Ohio published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery, Venous and Lymphatic Disorders* looked at patients with … Continue reading »

People with Deep Vein Thrombosis Being Let Down

Last week, I attended the National Thrombosis Conference. This study day looks at all aspects of blood clots and health. The same week, I heard the sad news of Lisa Calladine who at the age of 36 developed a deep vein thrombosis and subsequently died of clots on the lung -a pulmonary embolus.

Lisa Calladine

Lisa Calladine

My condolences go to her family. I do not know the full facts of her case- I read about Lisa on line but based on what I read and what I learnt … Continue reading »

How To Cure A Leg Ulcer

The majority of leg ulcers are caused by vein problems, well over 80% in fact and in most cases the cause is superficial vein reflux. This is important to know as leg ulcers can be cured by the correct treatment.

Recently, I met a lady who developed varicose veins and then over the years, the skin changed, a condition called varicose eczema. If you have watched any of my videos, you will know that varicose eczema is the precursor of a leg ulcer, it is a warning sign that the skin is being damaged and that is vulnerable. Sadly, despite seeing … Continue reading »

Vein Valves – What Do They Do?

Healthy functioning valves are vital to the proper flow of blood in the veins. But what exactly are valves, what do they do and what do they look like?

If you have any vein condition such as varicose veins, spider veins, phlebitis, varicose eczema or leg ulcers, you need to know the answers and I will give you all the information you need.

Venous valves are delicate folds in the lining of the vein that direct blood in the correct direction. In the legs, this means that they open and close to keep blood flowing from the feet, up the … Continue reading »

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