Treatments

The VeinCare Centre is proud to offer the latest techniques for the treatment of varicose veins, superficial venous reflux and related venous problems. All our treatments are based on an individualised plan after a thorough duplex ultrasound scan of the deep and superficial veins of both legs. Depending on the nature of the problem, the most suitable treatment may take one of the following four forms:

  • A minimally invasive endothermal (heat energy) technique for superficial vein reflux by VNUS Closure or Endovenous laser (EVL) treatment
  • An endovenous medical adhesive treatment called VenaSeal™ by Sapheon
  • An endovenous pharmacological treatment such as ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy for varicose veins or microsclerotherapy for thread veins
  • Microsurgical extraction of surface varicose veins by phlebectomy

At your initial assessment, all the treatment options for varicose vein removal and thread vein removal will be discussed with you including their merits, side-effects and limitations as well as the cost. Your consultation will not be rushed and you will have ample opportunity to ask questions.

The VeinCare Centre specialists no longer perform surgical stripping which is still carried out in the NHS and by many private specialists. This is is a procedure which has to be performed in a hospital operating theatre under general anaesthetic. It requires major surgical incisions (either in the groin or behind the knee) and can be complicated by wound infection and poor healing. In addition, a surgical wire is threaded down the refluxing veins in the thigh or the calf and these veins are literally pulled out. It is an operation that has a well deserved reputation for being painful and it is associated with a lot of bruising and scarring and the recovery can be very prolonged. A particular problem after stripping is the regrowth of varicose veins and the reappearance of superficial venous reflux (the medical term for the regrowth is neovascularisation). Research has shown that five years after surgical stripping up to 80% of patients have a recurrent vein problem. In our opinion, surgical stripping has been replaced by better methods and should no longer be performed.