Varicose Vein Transformation – Better Looking Legs

Do unsightly varicose veins or spider veins trouble you? Do they rule your life, affecting what you can wear, what kind of holiday you take and force you to keep your legs covered? My name is Dr Haroun Gajraj. I am a specialist vascular surgeon and I have been treating people with unsightly leg veins for over 30 years. I have established a team of doctors and nurses who can help you with your unsightly leg vein problem.

Based on many years of clinical experience, research of the medical literature and study of expert guidance, we … Continue reading »

Phlebitis – What You Need to Know.

Do you worry about phlebitis? Have you been prescribed antibiotics or creams for your phlebitis? My name is Dr Haroun Gajraj. I am a specialist vascular surgeon and I have been treating people with vein problems for over 30 years. I have established a team of doctors and nurses who can help you with your phlebitis. Here are 7 things you should know.

 

1 Phlebitis is not caused by an infection and antibiotics are not necessary. Recent reviews in the medical literature suggest that antibiotics are frequently prescribed for phlebitis. Not only is this ineffective, but … Continue reading »

Hand Varicose Veins

Hand Veins: True varicose veins on the hand caused by a serious underlying health problem are rare. They may be caused by an obstruction of the deep veins of the arm, for example by a deep vein thrombosis or by compression of the deep veins by a cervical rib (an extra rib in the neck) but in the vast majority of cases, the arm and hand veins function normally and they look prominent because the person has a very low body fat, or because the structures that support the hand veins have become very thin…. Continue reading »

Phlebitis: 7 Things Your Doctor Should Know

Phlebitis is a term that is used by doctors and the public and there are many important facts that you and your doctor should know. Here are 7 important facts that even many doctors get wrong.

  1. Phlebitis is not caused by an infection and antibiotics are not necessary. Recently reviews in the medical literature suggest that antibiotic are frequently prescribed for phlebitis. Not only is this ineffective, but costs our healthcare system and may complications such as diarrhoea and my contribute to antibiotic resistance.
  2. Phlebitis most commonly affects the leg veins and it causes swelling, tenderness and redness along the … Continue reading »

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.

 

 

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 »