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How We Remove Leg Spider Veins

 

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Thread Vein Treatment

Leg spider veins – also called thread veins or broken veins – are very common and before treating these leg veins, it is very important to identify any underlying cause.

For the majority of people with thread veins, there is a problem with the valves of the superficial veins – either in the larger vein called the saphenous vein, or in smaller veins called reticular veins or feeder veins. That’s why it is very important to get a duplex ultrasound scan before deciding how … Continue reading »

Broken Vein on Cheeks, Nose and Face

Last week in my previous blog, I talked about leg spider veins, well, this week, I am going to tell you some important facts about thread veins on the nose, cheeks and face.

The medical term for spider veins on the nose and cheeks is facial telangiectasia.

Facial Thread Veins

Facial Thread Veins

These are small blood vessels in the skin typically measuring less than 1 mm. They are very common and they are unsightly and disfiguring. They can be congenital, that is you may have been born with them or they … 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 »

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 »

Pregnancy and Varicose Veins – why do pregnant women get varicose veins?

There are dramatic changes in the female body during pregnancy and often varicose veins and thread veins appear for the first time. I will discuss the main changes that occur in the venous circulation and I will review the evidence for a causal link between varicose veins and pregnancy.

During the last trimester of pregnancy there is an increase in the maternal circulating blood volume to provide increased oxygen and nutrient carrying capacity for the developing fetus. Most of this increased circulation is accommodated in the veins of the legs. This is also facilitated by increases in progesterone and estrogen which … 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 »

The Cost of Private Vein Treatment – important things to consider and questions you must ask

Private medical treatment for varicose veins, thread veins and the complications of venous disease can be expensive. Traditional treatment by surgical stripping or treatments under general anaesthetic in a hospital are no longer necessary and the costs can be difficult to work out. There may be separate fees for the surgeon, for the radiologist or vascular technologist who performs the scan, for the anaesthetist and for the hospital. Additional fees may be charged for bandages, medical stockings, medication and for follow appointments and duplex ultrasound scans. The fees can be obscure and difficult to investigate and they all add up. … Continue reading »

Varicose Vein Treatments Should Be Bespoke

This week, I am very grateful to Simon Payne who describes how varicose vein treatment should be tailored to an individual’s unique requirements.

“You may be baffled searching the internet for the best treatment for your varicose veins.

You will have discovered  injection treatments, standard surgery (stripping), laser, VNUS, Clarivein, Steam, Radiofrequency ablation, Foam sclerotherapy, Venaseal (“super-glue”), cryotherapy and maybe others!

Some treatments can be performed under local anaesthetic, most involve the use of compression hosiery. Return to normal activities varies between techniques and the cost of the different techniques varies enormously between procedures and also between clinics – the highest prices being … 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 »

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 »