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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 »

Super Glue For Veins

Almost exactly 2 years ago, I treated Isabella Byrne and yesterday I saw her for a check up. She had Venaseal™ or ‘superglue’ treatment which is a unique non-surgical treatment that uses a medical adhesive to safely and effectively treat varicose veins. Unlike other treatments, VenaSeal™ does not require tumescent local anaesthetic around the vein, so there are far fewer injections. The VenaSeal™ procedure also eliminates the use of heat (or thermal energy) so there is virtually no risk of nerve or skin injury. As the medical ‘superglue’ sets within a few minutes, medical stockings are not required afterwards.

At her … 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 »

The Real Cause of Varicose Veins and Leg Vein Complications

Nearly all leg vein problems are caused by reflux. Let me explain – whenever any fluid travels in the wrong direction in the body, the term reflux is used. So for example, if acid comes up from the stomach in the wrong direction, the person is said to have acid indigestion reflux. Acid should go down to digest the food.

Well, blood flow in veins should go up the legs, from the foot towards the heart. If the one-way valves inside the veins are not working properly, gravity can pull the blood down towards the foot and the term vein reflux … 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 »

Are You Afraid of Blood?

No Bleeding During Varicose Veins Surgery

No Need to be Afraid of Blood

I have just treated a lady with varicose veins under a local anaesthetic. Before starting her leg vein removal, Amanda from Yeovil in Somerset confided that she didn’t like the sight of blood and she was a little squeamish. Would there be a lot of bleeding during the vein operation?

Well, modern leg vein treatments do not cause bleeding and here’s why.

The local anaesthetic solution I use contains adrenaline. This is a natural substance … Continue reading »

NICE On Varicose Veins – Has it made a difference?

NICE Guidance 2013

NICE Guidance 2013

One in three people in the United Kingdom have varicose veins. Although many people have no symptoms, varicose veins do cause heaviness, throbbing, itching, cramps, restless legs, or tired legs. Varicose veins usually worsen over time and some people will go on to develop leg ulcers, which can be very difficult to heal and which significantly affect quality of life. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recently made important recommendations, but will NICE really make a difference?

The new NICE guidance … 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 »

Phlebitis Is A Serious Condition – It Can Cause DVT

Earlier this month I saw a patient who was referred to me by his General Practitioner with phlebitis. His GP had been treating him with antibiotics and if anything, his leg was getting worse.

Now treating phlebitis with antibiotics is simply wrong and I am going to tell you the truth about phlebitis.

What happens in Phlebitis

What happens in Phlebitis

Phlebitis is simply a medical term indicating that there is inflammation in the vein. Most commonly it affects the superficial leg veins and it is associated with … 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 »