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Why I Publish Before and After Photographs

varicose vein treatment
Have you noticed that very few websites in the UK provide before and after clinical photographs of their patients’ leg vein treatments?

Many that do publish before and after photographs may have obtained the images from other sources, such as the companies that make laser equipment.

Have you asked yourself why this is so?

Let me tell you why I publish before and after photographs.

For quite a while now, I have taken clinical … Continue reading »

NHS Not Providing Adequate Training

Vein Specialists in Training

NHS Not Training Vein Specialists

Varicose Vein Treatment is being rationed by the NHS and many people are finding it very difficult to get their veins assessed and treated.

Between 1998 and 2008, the number of patients with varicose veins treated in the NHS fell by over a third!

One of the consequences of this is that doctors in the NHS are not being adequately trained on how to look after people with thread veins, varicose veins and vein complications such as deep vein … Continue reading »

Healthy Legs are Sexy!

Healthy Legs are Sexy

Healthy Legs are Sexy

Some people are a little too embarrassed to seek treatment for their vein condition in order to improve the appearance of their legs.

I think they are being very hard on themselves. As we now know, varicose veins and thread veins are never just cosmetic, because, they are caused by venous reflux and faulty valves and, therefore, the underlying issue is a medical condition. Varicose veins and thread veins tend to get worse … Continue reading »

Dr Gajraj presents Annette with a charitable donation


This autumn, the VeinCare Centre held a series of open events for the public and local GPs to raise awareness about varicose veins, thread veins and the complications of veins as well as the work we do for people troubled by these common vein problems. These educational events around Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire were a great success and they were very well attended. In addition, they raised charitable funds for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and I was delighted to present Annette Plaistow-Trapaud (Fund Raising Coordinator for DSSA) with a cheque for £400.

Dorset … Continue reading »

What has Liposuction got to do with Varicose Veins?

Tumescent Local Anaesthetic for Liposuction and VeinsLiposuction and Varicose Veins Treatments have a lot in common!
At first, you might think that liposuction has very little to do with varicose veins treatment and removal. Well, in fact, the modern era of vein treatments was made possible by a Californian dermatologist called Dr Jeffery Klein. In 1997, he invented a new local anaesthetic technique for liposuction called Tumescent Local  Anaesthetic – TLA for short. In … Continue reading »

Fast Return to Football (and work!)

Paul's Leg Before VNUS Closure

The new non-surgery treatments such as Sclerotherapy and VNUS Closure (Radiofrequency Ablation) allow very rapid recovery and return to normal activities including work and sports.  For self-employed people this is vey important.  This week Paul Nicholson saw me for his check up after his VNUS Closure procedure for varicose veins. Paul runs his own business in Yeovil – Haynes Butcher – and any time off work for vein treatment can be a … Continue reading »