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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 »

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 »

Latest Advice on Compression Stockings After Vein Treatment

Evidence published in June in the prestigious medical journal The British Journal of Surgery confirms our own research that at present there is very little evidence to be dogmatic about compression following vein treatment. This has important implications for you.

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Medical Stockings

The team of UK academics reviewed seven randomised controlled trials comparing different durations and methods of compression after surgery (now regarded as obsolete my many), foam sclerotherapy, and endovenous laser ablation. Their conclusion was that there is currently very little … Continue reading »

Vein Clinic Cost Comparison

One of the questions we are asked frequently is “why do prices for veins treatments vary from clinic to clinic?” It is a very good question and I am going tell you why I think there is variation.

In some ways, the question is a like asking why a meal in one restaurant is more expensive than in another. For many people, the answer is so obvious that few would even ask the question. People understand that a steak in one restaurant may be very different from that in another. From the menu description, the meals may sound very much the same … Continue reading »

Testimonials – Can You Really Trust Them?

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On-line Testimonials

Can we really have any confidence in online reviews and testimonials? A recent investigation by the BBC has suggested that on some review sites up to 20% of posted comments may be bogus.

I am very proud of the positive reviews I have received on the iWantGreatCare website, so I asked their team how they could be sure the reviews that they receive are genuine. Here is what they said:

“iWantGreatCare has a number of processes in place … Continue reading »

Do Veins Get Worse?

Varicose veins deteriorate and get worse if they are ignored and neglected. Treatment at an early stage can prevent complications such as leg ulcers and deep vein thrombosis – DVT.

A question I get asked a lot is “if I have nothing done now, will my veins get worse?” It’s a good question and here’s what the evidence suggests.

Although varicose veins and leg vein problems are one of the commonest diseases that doctors see, there is surprisingly little information about the progression of vein problems from mild to severe and then on to serious complications. However all the evidence suggests that … Continue reading »

Compression Stocking – How to Put Them On.

Vein specialists frequently prescribe medical grade graduated compression socks or stockings.

How to Put On Medical StockingsThey are used to alleviate the symptoms of venous disease such aching, tiredness and heaviness. They are also used to minimise the risks of complications from varicose veins such as phlebitis, varicose eczema and leg ulceration. They are also used after vein treatments such as sclerotherapy and they are also used to minimise the risks of developing a deep vein thrombosis on a long haul flight or long journey.

They are very different to support tights or support … Continue reading »

Endo-Venous Laser for Varicose Veins of the Legs

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EVL for Leg Veins

“What exactly does endo-venous laser do to varicose veins?”.

This is a question I get asked quite a lot. Laser will cauterise the vein that is it will heat it to a temperature at which it is instantly closed. It will also sterilise it so that all the living cells inside the vein wall are devitalised – so the vein can never recover. In fact, if done correctly, I have never seen a vein which has been treated by laser recur or come … Continue reading »

One Duplex Scan Is Not Enough

Before having any vein treatment, it is vital you have a duplex ultrasound scan, this allows the specialist to build up a picture of the veins, how they are connected and so to diagnose the underlying problem.

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One Duplex Scan is Not Enough

Many specialists have likened the scan to a map. Now in the same way, you wouldn’t start a journey without a map, so too you wouldn’t go out on a journey and leave the map behind. So it is important the treatment itself … Continue reading »