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Hand Varicose Veins

Hand Veins: True varicose veins on the hand caused by a serious underlying health problem are rare. They may be caused by an obstruction of the deep veins of the arm, for example by a deep vein thrombosis or by compression of the deep veins by a cervical rib (an extra rib in the neck) but in the vast majority of cases, the arm and hand veins function normally and they look prominent because the person has a very low body fat, or because the structures that support the hand veins have become very thin…. Continue reading »

Phlebitis: 7 Things Your Doctor Should Know

Phlebitis is a term that is used by doctors and the public and there are many important facts that you and your doctor should know. Here are 7 important facts that even many doctors get wrong.

  1. Phlebitis is not caused by an infection and antibiotics are not necessary. Recently reviews in the medical literature suggest that antibiotic are frequently prescribed for phlebitis. Not only is this ineffective, but costs our healthcare system and may complications such as diarrhoea and my contribute to antibiotic resistance.
  2. Phlebitis most commonly affects the leg veins and it causes swelling, tenderness and redness along the … Continue reading »

Autumn Open Events – Details Confirmed

MEET THE EXPERTS AT OUR FREE VEINCARE OPEN EVENT

Our next series of open events is planned for Saturday 19th September and Sunday 20th September in Yeovil, Bristol, Dorchester and Poole. 

The VeinCare Centre holds regular open events for the public. They are a marvellous opportunity to meet the experts and to learn about your vein condition and the latest treatment options.

Past VeinCare Open Events have been very well attended and feedback from those who have come has been extremely positive.

The event will … Continue reading »

Why Did Simon Get Varicose Veins? You May be Surprised

Simon is a young, slim and athletic man from Bristol. He’s always been active, careful about what he eats and his weight – he is in very good health. So why did he get varicose veins?

Well, many people think that varicose veins mainly affect old people. Some think that veins are caused by pregnancy and that they usually affect women. Some people even think that really it’s your own fault if you have varicose veins: to put it bluntly, it’s because you are overweight, lazy and don’t exercise! This last theory is often held by many GPs.

Well it may surprise … Continue reading »

Laser for Varicose Vein Removal

DrGajrajSurgery and stripping of varicose veins are now history. Endothermal treatment – using heat energy inside the vein – is now considered the best option for varicose vein removal.

How it Works: Endovenous laser – often abbreviated to EVLT or EVL – works by heating the abnormal unhealthy vein to a temperature at which it is cauterised, sterilised and devitalised. After numbing the skin with local anaesthetic, a fine needle is inserted into the vein under the guidance of ultrasound. Then a laser fibre is introduced and positioned very carefully inside the … Continue reading »

PROOF – REFLUX IS IMPORTANT

I go on about reflux a lot in my videos, my blogs and when I speak on the subject of veins at meetings. It might sound a little theoretical but I am going to show you the proof that reflux is important.

With the exception of deep vein thrombosis, nearly all leg vein problems are due to reflux. Now, whenever any fluid travels in the wrong direction in the body, the term reflux is used. So for example, if acid comes up in the wrong direction in the chest into the chest, the person is said … Continue reading »

Consultation and Treatment in One Appointment

“I am coming from a long way away. Can I be seen and treated in one visit?”

Earlier this week we had an enquiry from a patient who lives a very long distance away and she enquired whether  I would see her and treat her in one visit with. Now from a strict medical point of view there is no particular reason why you couldn’t see and treat somebody in one visit. The treatments are local anaesthetic they are extremely safe — serious complications are very rare — and many specialists see no problem with seeing and treating in one visit. … Continue reading »

When Can I Get Sun On My Legs After Vein Surgery?

Well the sun is out and it looks like summer is here at last. And a question I get asked a lot is now I’ve had my veins treated when can I get them out and get the sun on them?

Well let’s face it is one of the commonest reasons people have their veins treated in the 1st place. To make their legs look better and to show their legs off. Well there are 3 things you might want to consider.

The 1st is that after any vein treatment your legs will be a little sensitive to the sun. There … Continue reading »

Exercising After Varicose Vein Surgery

One of the commonest questions I get asked by people who are having varicose vein treatment is “When can I start my exercise program?”

Walking really is the best exercise to perform after any form of varicose vein treatment or varicose vein surgery. It works the foot pump the calf pump and the thigh pump and it promotes the flow of blood in the veins from the leg back to the heart. And it also promotes the healing process. You really can’t do too much walking. Do as much as you can as early as you want.

With regard to running it … Continue reading »

I am Pregnant – Can I Have My Varicose Veins Treated?

Varicose Veins can appear for the first time in pregnancy and may become so painful that pregnant mothers seek varicose vein treatment. So can varicose veins be treated safely during pregnancy?

I am pregnant - can I have my varicose veins treated-001In general, varicose veins should not be treated during pregnancy and there are 4 main reasons.

-1) Increased risk of DVT and PE. Pregnancy is a period in which there is an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. Compared women who are not pregnant, the risk of venous … Continue reading »