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, discomfort or throbbing, especially at the end of the day
- treat complications, such as leg ulcers and swelling, varicose eczema
- reduce the appearance of unsightly veins for cosmetic reasons, such as thread veins

We are proud to offer a range of varicose vein treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, to suit your individual requirements including minimally invasive surgery utilising endovenous procedures, microsclerotherapy and foam sclerotherapy.

Endovenous treatment
This treatment uses a keyhole surgery technique and is the preferred option of treating varicose veins in suitable patients. This can be performed under Local Anaesthetic. Guided by a duplex ultrasound, a catheter is placed in the leaking veins (usually the great saphenous vein and occasionally the short saphenous vein) and heat is then used to destroy the vein. This process avoids a groin incision and causes far less thigh bruising and post-operative pain than traditional surgery which involves stripping of the veins. As there is no requirement for a general anaesthetic you will be able to recover in the comfort of your own home. 

Foam Sclerotherapy
This is a non-surgical treatment which involves obliterating varicose veins. This treatment is similar to normal sclerotherapy, 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 leave the sclerotherapy liquid to destroy the vein. 

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. 

The first step is to book an appointment with one of our Consultant Vascular Surgeons. During your consultation, you will undergo a full duplex ultrasound scan of your leg veins either by the surgeons themselves or by a specialist radiologist. The vascular consultant will then be in a position to advise you as to which varicose vein treatment will best suit you and meet your individual requirements. They can talk you through the risks and benefits of each procedure, 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.

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