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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 »

Flying After Vein Treatment – Advice About Long Haul Flights

One of the commonest questions I am asked is “When can I fly after vein treatments?” Well I am going to tell you what I advise.


Long Haul Flights

The most feared complication after any surgical treatment which is followed by a flight shortly afterwards – particularly a long haul flight – is Deep vein thrombosis – often abbreviated to DVT. DVT is a clot in the deep veins of the legs that can break free and travel to the lungs. The medical term for clots lodging in the lungs is … Continue reading »

Advice I Give After Laser For Varicose Veins

Modern vein treatments are performed under local anaesthesia as a walk in walk out procedure. So, there is very little restriction on what you can do afterwards. I am going to tell you what advice I give to my patients after varicose veins treatment.

Advoce afterImmediately afterwards, you can walk around normally. On the day of your procedure I recommend that you sit with your feet up. Keep the blood flowing by performing regular ankle movements (the sort you might do on a long haul flight for example) and get up regularly … Continue reading »

What are the best treatment options and when should I have my veins treated?

What are the treatment options  for varicose veins and when should I have my veins treated? This must be one of the most frequent questions we get asked at the VeinCare Centre.

In general, early interventions for varicose veins give the best results. Treatment is indicated for symptoms such as aching, swelling, throbbing and pain. Treatment is also indicated for visible bulging veins and thread veins which indicate the presence of superficial venous reflux. Treatment is also appropriate for complications such as phlebitis, varicose eczema, leg ulcers and deep vein thrombosis.

Treatment options such as endo-thermal ablation by laser (endo-venous laser EVLT), radiofrequency … Continue reading »