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Varicose Vein Transformation – Better Looking Legs

Do unsightly varicose veins or spider veins trouble you? Do they rule your life, affecting what you can wear, what kind of holiday you take and force you to keep your legs covered? My name is Dr Haroun Gajraj. I am a specialist vascular surgeon and I have been treating people with unsightly leg veins for over 30 years. I have established a team of doctors and nurses who can help you with your unsightly leg vein problem.

Based on many years of clinical experience, research of the medical literature and study of expert guidance, we … 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 »

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 »

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 – 5 Top Myths

There is a lot of nonsense talked about varicose veins and I would like to bust  the commonest 5 myths about varicose veins that I hear nearly every week in my vein clinic.

The first myth is that pregnancy causes varicose veins. This is simply wrong. Varicose veins may appear in pregnancy for the first time but only 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 … Continue reading »

My Restless Legs Are Driving Me Crazy

This week, I have asked my good friend and colleague, Dr Ted King from the USA, to tell us more about how veins may cause symptoms – in particular, the Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).

Restless Legs Caused By Varicose Veins

Restless Legs

 “Restless legs syndrome is a condition that is characterized by an irresistible urge to move one’s limbs (almost always legs) to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. Moving the affected limb lessens the sensations and provides some temporary relief. It seems as though RLS must have been recently … Continue reading »

VenaSeal™ In Bristol – A First For The VeinCare Centre

Today, I performed the  FIRST VenaSeal™ procedure in Bristol. Sue West, who lives in Bristol,  has been troubled by aching, throbbing varicose veins in both legs for many years. She had been to see her GP, but unfortunately, treatment was not available on the NHS. Her duplex ultrasound scan confirmed that she had severe reflux in the superficial veins in both legs. This reflux was the cause of her ache, throbbing, swelling and unsightly varicose veins. I discussed the various treatment options with her and she decided to go ahead with the VenaSeal™ procedure. I was able to treat … Continue reading »

What Have My Ovaries Got To Do With My Leg Veins?

Recently, I treated Emma from Bristol who developed very large, uncomfortable varicose veins around her vulva and upper thigh during pregnancy. After she had her baby, the veins around her vulva disappeared but the veins in her thigh persisted and gradually got worse. Her duplex ultrasound scan showed that the veins in her thigh were filling from her ovaries.

She had a condition called “Ovarian Vein Reflux”. The treatment for this is controversial, but my approach is to treat these veins with ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy unless there are symptoms of pelvic pain, bladder irritation or pain during intercourse. So far, … Continue reading »