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Varicose Veins Complications

In this post, I will cover the major complications of varicose veins.

The medical complications are

    • Phlebitis
    • Varicose Eczema
    • Leg Ulcers
    • Deep Vein Thrombosis. .

Phlebitis should really be called Superficial Vein Thrombophlebitis. In this condition, thrombus or clot formation is the main concern and threat. In Superficial Vein Thrombophlebitis there is thrombus – or clot – in the superficial vein, and inflammation in the tissue surrounding the vein. Often, a tubular-shaped lump can be felt which is red, tender and painful. The most frequently affected vein is the saphenous vein on the inner … Continue reading »

Foam Sclerotherapy and Stroke – The Facts

Recently, a patient whom I had already treated successfully with a combination of Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy and Phlebectomy told me something that really surprised me.

“My Mother saw a vascular surgeon and she was told that Foam Sclerotherapy is not safe, because it causes stroke, and he recommended that she has surgical stripping of her veins under general anaesthetic.”

Of course, I disagree with this opinion and here are the facts.

The Facts About Foam Sclerotherapy

  1. In a clinical audit in the United Kingdom of 7,027 patients who had undergone 11,537 foam sclerotherapy … Continue reading »

Can I Get NHS Treatment For My Veins?

There is no doubt that getting NHS treatment for varicose veins is very difficult now. For a long time, access to vein treatment on the NHS has been restricted and the criteria for referral are now very strict indeed. Unless your varicose veins are causing complications such as bleeding, phlebitis, deep vein thrombosis or ulcers, it is unlikely that your GP will refer you to a specialist for advice or treatment. If you have thread veins, these are almost always regarded as cosmetic, even though … Continue reading »