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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 »

Do Veins Get Worse?

Varicose veins deteriorate and get worse if they are ignored and neglected. Treatment at an early stage can prevent complications such as leg ulcers and deep vein thrombosis – DVT.

A question I get asked a lot is “if I have nothing done now, will my veins get worse?” It’s a good question and here’s what the evidence suggests.

Although varicose veins and leg vein problems are one of the commonest diseases that doctors see, there is surprisingly little information about the progression of vein problems from mild to severe and then on to serious complications. However all the evidence suggests that … Continue reading »

Local Anaesthetic for Varicose Veins – How I do It

Tumescent local anaesthetic administration is an essential intervention to treat varicose veins by endo-venous laser. The anesthetic is applied under ultrasound guidance and varicose veins and refluxing saphenous veins can be removed without admission to hospital, without general anaesthetic and on a walk in, walk out basis.

Varicose Vein Removal under Local

Local Anaesthetic Varicose Vein Removal

In the video that follows,  I show you how I do this step by step. We start with the laser fibre in the correct position and in this live demonstration, I administer tumescent local … 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 »

Advice I Give After Laser For Varicose Veins

Modern vein treatments are performed under local anaesthesia as a walk in walk out procedure. So, there is very little restriction on what you can do afterwards. I am going to tell you what advice I give to my patients after varicose veins treatment.

Advoce afterImmediately afterwards, you can walk around normally. On the day of your procedure I recommend that you sit with your feet up. Keep the blood flowing by performing regular ankle movements (the sort you might do on a long haul flight for example) and get up regularly … Continue reading »

Varicose Eczema – 7 Essential Facts You Must Know

Varicose eczema is a serious and common condition and I am going to tell you seven essential facts about it that you should know.

7 Essential Facts

7 Essential Facts

  1.  “Varicose eczema” is in fact a misnomer and it is very misleading. This condition is neither an eczema – a skin problem- nor is it caused by varicose veins. The term arose before we fully understood the true nature of the problem. So varicose eczema can develop in the absence of visible varicose veins and unlike skin problems … Continue reading »


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 »