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Well Informed Patients Will Receive the Best Care

Guest Blog by James Lawson,Vascular surgeon

When Dr Gajraj invited me to write a post in his blog, I asked him “who are your audience, patients or colleagues.?” His answer was short: “Patients of course!” When you take a thorough look at his website you know that he is a real patient “ teacher”. With his personal way of writing and multimedia content he wants his patients to understand the possible outcomes and advantages of treating varicose veins properly. Most doctors and surgeons do not make as much effort as he does to communicate with the public and I think they … Continue reading »

How to Scan The Superficial Leg Veins – Free Instructional Video

Many specialists around the world have asked us to set up a training course on duplex ultrasound. As a result, my colleagues and I are in the process of establishing an Academy to train doctors with an interest in venous disease how to perform a thorough and detailed duplex ultrasound scan of the veins of the leg. In a future post, I will formally announce details of the VeinCare Academy.

Slide1Colour Duplex Ultrasound is Essential in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Varicose Veins.
Ultrasound has really revolutionised the way that doctors treat varicose … Continue reading »

Venous Access Under Ultrasound Guidance – The Seldinger Technique

Nowadays, varicose vein treatments are carried out under local anaesthetic through a pin-hole puncture as walk in walk out procedures. The treatments are guided by ultrasound throughout and modern varicose vein treatments are very accurate, with excellent cosmetic results and rapid recovery. An essential skill that modern vein specialists have is the ability to insert fine catheters and laser fibers into unhealthy veins. 

Vein Access Under Ultrasound

Vein Access Under Ultrasound

In this video blog, I demonstrate how I achieve venous access under under ultrasound guidance. The video below gives a … Continue reading »

Varicose Veins Treatments and Golf – More in Common than You Think!

Being able to expertly and skillfully treat varicose veins, thread veins and their complications takes constant practice. This week, my colleague Zola Mzimba makes the point very nicely.

<<What do the treatment of varicose veins and golf have in common??

“It’s a funny thing. The more I practice the luckier I get”

These are the famous words of Arnold Palmer. This premise is true … Continue reading »

500 Trained to Treat Thread Veins

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Dr Gajraj and Dr De Souza congratulate the successful delegates

Yesterday at  Wigmore Medical in London, I provided another course to healthcare professionals on the treatment of leg and face thread veins. Since my colleague Emma Davies and I started this training course in 2002, we have now successfully trained 500 delegates on the assessment and treatment of leg and facial thread veins.

Recently, the faculty of VeinCare Training has been joined by Dr Joney De … Continue reading »

Identifying Reticular Veins

There is no doubt that sclerotherapy is the best treatment for spider veins, thread veins (telangiectasias) and blue veins on the legs. These are associated with so called “feeder veins” (medically known as reticular veins), which are 1-3 mm veins in the deeper layers of the skin that are nearly always found around clusters of thread veins.

At the VeinCare Centre we use the Veinlite system for finding and treating reticular veins. It is  a great tool for identifying “hard to see” feeder veins and assisting in injecting them with sclerosant. We have been using this system for many years now … Continue reading »

Thread Vein Removal

Dr Charlene Scicluna and Dr Johanna Ward are congratulated by Dr Haroun Gajraj

I have just returned to Dorset having spent the day in London training two doctors in the treatment of thread veins (known medically as telangiectasia). Dr Charlene Scicluna (middle) is a General Practitioner and Specialist Cosmetic Doctor from Malta and Dr Johanna Ward (right) is a General Practitioner and Cosmetic Specialist who has her own clinic in Kent, the … 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 »

Facial thread veins – how can I get rid of them

Short Wave Diathermy (or electro-coagulation as it is sometimes called) is a very effective method for treating thread veins and spider veins on the face. A very fine needle is used to prick the skin over the thread veins and spider veins and then an electrical current is passed through the vein which is heated and sealed. Over the course of a few weeks, the vein withers and disperses and becomes much less noticeable. A mild anaesthetic cream is used to numb the area prior to treatment.

After treatment the skin … Continue reading »

Thread Vein Training Testimonials

In addition to treating patients myself, I have been involved in the training of doctors and nurses in the treatment of leg and face thread veins for many years. Indeed my colleague Emma Davies and I started the first course on leg and facial telangiectasia treatment which was recognised by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.  We have been running these courses for many years and more recently we are proud to be associated with Wigmore Medical which has a … Continue reading »