Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins

At The Westbourne Centre, our accredited and experienced Consultant Vascular surgeons provide a friendly and personalised service from initial consultation, right through to your aftercare.

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The treatment of varicose veins is usually necessary to ease pain or discomfort, to treat complications, such as leg ulcers and swelling, or simply required for cosmetic reasons.

We are proud to offer a range of Varicose Vein Treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, to suit your individual requirements including Radio Frequency Ablation (VNUS Closure), Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), Sclerotherapy and Foam Sclerotherapy.

Radiofrequency Ablation (VNUS Closure)

This treatment uses a keyhole surgery technique and is a great alternative to groin surgery and LSV stripping; the procedure treats the long saphenous vein (LSV) and it can be performed under Local Anaesthetic. Guided by a duplex ultrasound, a catheter is placed in the LSV and radiofrequency is used to destroy the vein. This process avoids a groin incision and causes far less thigh bruising and post operative pain than ligation and stripping. As there is no requirement for a general anaesthetic you will be able to recover in the comfort of your own home.

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)

EVLA works in a very similar way to VNUS Closure and is also performed under Local Anaesthetic, the only difference being that a laser surgery is used to close the LSV. The recovery time is exactly the same as radiofrequency ablation and any residual varicosities will require some additional treatment, which will most likely be Foam Sclerotherapy.


This minimally invasive procedure involves the injection of a sclerosant substance into the veins using duplex ultrasound imaging. This treatment is only suitable to reduce minor varicose veins (reticular veins) with no blood in the vein. For thread or spider veins (telangectasia), we use Microinjection Sclerotherapy which uses diluted solutions of the sclerosant substance administered through very small needles.

Foam Sclerotherapy

This is a non-surgical treatment which involves obliterating varicose veins (LSV, SSV and visible varicosities). This treatment is similar to normal scleroptherapy, however involves an injection of the sclerosant substance mixed with foam into the veins; the foam is there to push the blood out of the way and leaving the sclerotherapy liquid to destroy the vein.

The first step is to book an appointment with our Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Mr Harmeet Khaira. During your consultation, he will perform a full duplex ultrasound scan of your leg veins. He will then be in a position to advise you as to which varicose vein treatment will best suit you and meet your individual requirements, taking into consideration your suitability for treatment, your potential speed of recovery, the degree of discomfort posed and the long term outcome for you. You will then be free to select the treatment package that will suit your individual needs and lifestyle.

All of our endovenous procedures are then performed as a day case, so you will be home by the end of the day to recover in comfort.

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