Varicose vein treatments
Modern treatments for Leg Veins
It used to be the case that surgical stripping was the only option available to treat superficial vein reflux and varicose veins. This involved admission to hospital, treatment in an operating theatre under general anaesthetic and major surgical incisions and scars. In our opinion surgical stripping is outdated and should no longer be performed. There are much better treatments available now which do not involve general anaesthetic and which have better cosmetic results and with a much lower risk the varicose veins returning. In addition they can be performed in a clinic rather than a hospital on a walk in walk out basis under local anaesthetic. The recovery after these new treatments is much more comfortable and far quicker. Most people can return to driving, work and social activities the next day.
There are 3 main methods of treating superficial vein reflux:
- Injection treatment with a prescription medicine called a sclerosant either ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy or in combination with catheter treatment such as ClariVein®
- The use of heat energy inside the vein, called endothermal ablation by laser (endovenous laser) or radiofrequency (VNUS Closure)
- Medical adhesive delivered inside the vein using a catheter called VenaSeal™
These newer treatments are minimally invasive and are administered through pinprick-sized incisions in the skin, under local anaesthetic and under ultrasound monitoring.
Each method has pros and cons and some people are more suited to one of these treatment options rather than another. So, although varicose veins may look very similar from one person to another, the root cause of the problem and the type of reflux may be very different in each individual and the specialist also needs to consider the patient’s medical history and special requirements.
For all of these reasons, we believe it is essential that you seek the advice of a specialist team that is familiar with a wide range of vein conditions and that can offer the complete range of treatment options.
That way, you will be thoroughly assessed, you will be offered the most appropriate option so that your legs will look and feel better quickly.