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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 »

Video Of My Vein Treatment

endo-venous laser

Endo-venous Laser in Progress

Last month I swapped my surgical gloves for the treatment couch. It was time to have my own veins treated. In this blog, I share the video of that treatment: why I had them treated, what option I chose and how the treatment was actually done. 

I’ve had superficial vein reflux in both legs for over 12 years, or at least that’s how long I know I’ve had this condition. For all I know, I might have had it much longer. I became … Continue reading »

My Choice for My Own Veins

Yesterday, I had my veins treated. I have had superficial vein reflux in both legs for over 12 years and over the last couple of years, my legs have swelled, ached and throbbed. Last summer in the hot weather, they were particularly painful. So the time had come to get them sorted out. What treatment would I choose and who would treat me?

Haroun with Wendy Parsons

Haroun with Wendy Parsons

In 2002, my colleague Wendy Parsons and I were looking to invest in a new ultrasound machine for the clinic and … Continue reading »

Varicose Veins in Men

Fit men may get varicose veins. Many people believe myths that women get varicose veins more frequently than men, that pregnancy, being overweight or life-style choices (lack of exercise, diet, or occupation) cause varicose veins.

Iron Man Stewart Palmer

Iron Man Stewart Palmer

Well meet Stewart Palmer who is a double Iron Man. He developed varicose veins when he was only 20 years old and despite regular running, swimming and cycling, his veins got worse. They ached after exercise and he did not like the appearance of his legs particularly in … Continue reading »

Great Year For Football

 
Paul Nicholson is a very keen sportsman and footballer. He had unsightly varicose veins that showed when he was wearing shorts and he was concerned about injuring the veins when tackled. He wanted his veins treated, but as he runs his own business, he couldn’t afford to take much time away from his work.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 … Continue reading »

First To Offer Venaseal™ in The South West

Today, The VeinCare Centre was fully accredited by Sapheon Inc as a surgical facility to provide the Venaseal™Closure procedure. My team and I treated Martin Dare  by Venaseal™ and he is the very first person in the South West to benefit from this revolutionary nonsurgical treatment for superficial venous reflux. Martin’s procedure was performed under local anaesthetic in just 22 minutes and he was kind enough to allow me to photograph him leaving The VeinCare Centre 20 minutes after the “Super Glue” procedure had been completed.

[caption id=”attachment_1944″ align=”aligncenter” width=”300″ caption=”Martin Dare surrounded by The VeinCare Centre … Continue reading »

Foam Sclerotherapy Failed

Recently, I treated a gentleman who came to see me because 2 previous treatments by ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy performed by another vascular surgeon in his own local area which had been unsuccessful. Originally, he thought he would go to Harley Street for a second opinion, but after doing some research on the Internet he decided to get my advice. David Stokes from Wimborne, near Bournemouth, had aching varicose veins in his right calf. He also had a heart condition which required him to take warfarin to keep the blood thin (anticoagulation). Previously, his Bournemouth specialist … 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 »

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 »

Foam Sclerotherapy Transformed My Legs!

A very happy Alan Hooper after vein treatment by Foam Sclerotherapy

This week I finished treating Alan Hooper from Street in Somerset. His varicose veins were causing varicose eczema and ulcers and he was concerned about knocking them. After a course of ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy, the results have been truly remarkable. The varicose veins are gone and the condition of his legs has improved considerably.  I was very gratified when Alan commented “It was quick and easy  and Foam Sclerotherapy has transformed … Continue reading »