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Tips for Healthy Legs on Holiday

If you are planning a trip to a hot sunny holiday destination, here are my tips for keeping your legs healthy.

  1. Firstly, I suggest you consider ways of reducing the risks of leg swelling and deep vein thrombosis on the journey, particularly if you are going on a long haul flight.  Do the inflight exercises, keep hydrated, keep moving and consider medical compression socks.
  2. When you get to your vacation destination, the heat will inevitably increase your tendency to leg swelling. If you have a tendency to oedema anyway, this will be worse in hot weather. Now oedema increases your risk of … Continue reading »

Varicose Eczema without Varicose Veins – A Important Lesson

Did you know, that you can develop varicose eczema without any varicose veins? It’s important, because, if you have a rash on your calf, near your ankle, you may be at risk of ulceration without even knowing it.

Superficial venous reflux is a condition which commonly affects the legs. It is characterised by a failure of the one way valves in the veins under the skin. The delicate folds in the vein lining do not meet and blood can travel backwards down the vein in the wrong direction. The commonest problem that arises is the appearance of varicose veins. But other … Continue reading »

Driving After Leg Vein Treatments

People rely on their cars more and more and a question I frequently get asked is “when can I drive after my vein treatment?”. Well it to some extent it depends on the treatment that you are having.

So for example if you are having the VenaSeal® procedure (that’s where we use a medical superglue inside the vein) or the Clarivein® procedure you can drive yourself straightaway. That means you can drive to the clinic and home or back to work even after your treatment. That’s because we use very little local anaesthetic in fact usually just … Continue reading »

How To Cure A Leg Ulcer

The majority of leg ulcers are caused by vein problems, well over 80% in fact and in most cases the cause is superficial vein reflux. This is important to know as leg ulcers can be cured by the correct treatment.

Recently, I met a lady who developed varicose veins and then over the years, the skin changed, a condition called varicose eczema. If you have watched any of my videos, you will know that varicose eczema is the precursor of a leg ulcer, it is a warning sign that the skin is being damaged and that is vulnerable. Sadly, despite seeing … Continue reading »

5 Things About Veins That Are Not True

There are Five Common “Lies” or “Myths” that even your family doctor may believe.

There is a lot of nonsense talked about veins and I’m going to tell you the commonest 5 myths about varicose veins. The first myth is that pregnancy causes varicose veins. This is simply wrong. Varicose veins may appear in pregnancy for the first time if there is a pre-disposition to a condition called superficial venous reflux in which the valves are unhealthy. Many men as well as women who have not had children are affected by varicose veins. The latest research suggests that almost as many … Continue reading »

Varicose Veins From My Ovaries

Vein specialists around the world are increasingly recognising the importance of pelvic vein reflux in the development of varicose veins in the legs. Typically, ovarian vein reflux develops during pregnancy and it tends to get worse with subsequent pregnancies. For many, the pelvic vein reflux resolves when the mother has completed her family, but for some the problem persists and it requires treatment.

I have provided successful treatment to many women and recently Sarah from Hampshire kindly shared her experience.

ovarian vein reflux Sarah’s Left Leg with varicose veins (left) and … Continue reading »

Leg Ulcers – A Summary of Everything You Should Know

Leg ulcers are common — approximately 2% of adults will have a leg ulcer at some stage in their lives. Literally thousands of people develop a leg ulcer each year in the United Kingdom and many of those get more leg ulcers as the years go by.  Despite the misery they cause, leg ulcers remain a neglected problem.

Leg Ulcers

Leg Ulcers – What YOU should know

What is an ulcer? The medical definition of an ulcer is a break in the epithelium of a body surface or lining. Many of … Continue reading »

What You Can Expect at Our Open Event

I would like to invite you to our next open event.

What can you expect? Well, these events are a great opportunity for you to meet the vein experts and to hear about the latest treatment options for your vein problem. They include an informative educational talk, followed time for any questions you may have.

They are completely free and without any obligation. There is no hard sell and you will not be pressured into making an appointment or parting with any money. There really is no catch!

Nevertheless, I feel certain you will find the meeting interesting and hopefully, by attending … Continue reading »

My Christmas Present – Leg Ulcer Cured

Today I met Joan for her final check up after her laser treatment and she is delighted. “This was my best Christmas present”

I first met Joan in my Bristol clinic in the summer. She had developed varicose veins when she was quite young and she had always been concerned. Here’s her story.

Leg Ulcer cure

Joan’s leg ulcer was healed in time for Christmas

“My mother had been troubled by leg ulcers for years and I didn’t want to end up with ulcerated legs. I saw my GP as a young … Continue reading »

Private Vein Treatment – Will My GP Refer Me?

Traditionally, GPs have been happy to refer their patients for private varicose treatment. This doesn’t seem to be the case now. Why?

Do NHS GPs refer Privately?

Do NHS GPs refer Privately?

I think the main reason is that GPs now no longer refer patients with vein problems to the local NHS hospital. So, they no longer know who is their local expert in looking after vein problems. GPs are very busy and my impression is that they simply do not have time to keep up to date with … Continue reading »