Varicose Veins

Specialist walk-in, walk-out treatments of varicose veins

With over 30 years' experience offering the most advanced and effective minimally invasive laser treatments for all varicose veins, we are one of the UK's most recognised, specialist Varicose Veins clinics with nationwide locations. Our consultant vascular surgeons have been amongst the first and very few in the UK to pioneer the EVLT (Endovenous Laser Therapy), also referred to EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) treatment, and advance the procedure further with their specialist skills and techniques.

We focus on the underlying cause of varicose veins, and in order to map your veins we offer free ultrasound scans to all patients at our surgeon-led consultations. Our Consultant Vascular Surgeons have helped thousands of people regain their confidence and steer clear of any of the hazardous health issues associated with varicose veins. We've been featured on Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies and TLC's My Naked Secret on numerous occasions for our treatments.

Varicose Veins Treatment on Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies

We have clinics all over the UK - North, South East and London, Midlands and South West. Our medical team comprises senior Consultant Vascular Surgeons, each with over 15 years' experience in the NHS. We specialise in offering minimally invasive treatments and our patient satisfaction rates speak for themselves - we are proud to have a success rate of over 95%.

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Our Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) Varicose Vein treatment is:

  • a competitively priced walk-in, walk-out procedure
  • performed by some of the Country's top Consultant Vascular Surgeons
  • carried out under local anaesthetic in one of our widely recognised in-house clinical facilities
  • completed in under 1 hour, which means you can head home shortly after
  • aimed at tackling the actual cause of the problem, which is why we offer all patients a free ultrasound scan 
  • Our EVLA treatment eliminates the reflux from the faulty valve and removed the damaged vein

EVLA involves passing a laser probe into the vein, heating the inside of your vein and damaging the vein wall. This will cause the vein walls to collapse and the vein to close. 

As reassurance, we offer other treatment options and 0% (interest free) APR loans for the treatment of Varicose Veins. For pricing information about our competitively priced EVLA treatment, please see our cost block below.

Here's what one patient had to say about her treatment: 

“I began to hate my legs as my varicose veins became progressively worse, all knobbly and unsightly. I stopped wearing skirts. I didn’t want to look at them myself, let alone have anyone else see them. Three days after the EVLA procedure with Mr. Kyriakides, the bandages came off and I was so relieved to see only some bruising and that those horrible gnarled veins had gone. I can now wear what I want and I am actually quite proud of my legs.” - Sarah, London

Our consultation and treatment prices are:

  • all inclusive 
  • highly competitive
  • include a free ultrasound scan worth over £350
  • include no theatre rental fees - we have our own facilities
  • involve absolutely no hidden costs

A consultation with one of our Consultant Vascular Surgeons costs £150. This includes a free ultrasound scan of your legs – normally priced from £350 – to allow the surgeon to map your veins and pinpoint the exact problem areas and defective valves.

After assessing the severity of the Varicose Veins and the form of treatment for you – EVLA, sclerotherapy or phlebectomy – we can offer you a very competitive pricing structure and quote.

As reassurance for our patients we also offer 0% (interest free) APR loans for the treatment of Varicose Veins. 

Our Medical Team

We are the UK’s leading authority in non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures, and have some of the most experienced doctors in the industry working with us. Varicose vein removal procedures are performed by highly qualified senior vascular surgeons and here at The Private Clinic we have carried out amongst the highest number of EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) procedures in the UK. Our success rate has earned us a reputation as one of the leading clinics in our field for the treatment of varicose veins. During your assessment we will go through the various veins treatments available to you and advise which treatment will give you the best results.

FAQs

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  • What will happen during my consultation?

    Our surgeon-led consultations include a free ultrasound scan, worth over £350 pounds if booked seperately. This is to ensure that your varicose veins are examined and mapped with the utmost accuracy. Your surgeon needs to know what your veins look like and how they are they are working.

    During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss with you exactly what the problem is, where it originates and what suitable treatments are available. You will also be given a detailed treatment plan with full cost and pricing details. You will also have a Patient Coordinator attend the consultation with you to ensure all your questions are answered.

    Following your consultation, if you have any further questions, or would like to pop in again for reassurance, our Patient Coordinators always available. Having attended the consultation with you, they will know your case and requirements and can help you throughout your treatment with us.

  • What Varicose Vein Treatments Do You Offer?

    EVLA

    At The Private Clinic we offer a simpler, less invasive treatment which involves removing varicose veins by laser under local anaesthetic (so called EVLA).

    EVLA has been approved by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) which is part of the NHS and assess the safety and effectiveness of medical treatments.

    The procedure begins with an ultrasound scan to mark the position of the vein. Local anaesthetic is injected around the vein to ease any discomfort. A fine probe is then inserted through a small incision, usually near the knee. Laser energy is delivered in short pulses to seal the faulty vein so that blood cannot flow through. The leg is then bandages to reduce swelling and bruising.

    The removal of varicose veins does not affect blood flow because other veins and especially the deep veins take over this job. It is thus perfectly safe and indeed beneficial to remove varicose veins.

    Our surgeons are amongst the UK doctors who have performed the highest number of EVLA procedures to date.

    Sclerotherapy (liquid or foam)

    For very small veins where it is not possible to put a catheter in, the veins can still be destroyed by injecting a chemical into your varicose veins which damages the veins, causing them to close. Liquid sclerotherapy is often used to treat smaller varicose veins and spider veins. For larger veins, foam sclerotherapy is sometimes used.

    The operation takes less than 30 minutes and is done under local anaesthesia, so you will not feel any pain during treatment.

    Finally, you may have thread veins (or spider veins) which can be removed using microsclerotherapy. Thread veins are fine dilated veins that appear under the skin - they may look like a web of very thin red or blue lines. They can cause aching and itching. The procedure is similar to foam sclerotherapy, but on a much smaller scale.

    Phlebectomy 

    Phlebectomy is a method of removing varicose veins and spider veins on the surface of the legs. Removal of the vein is called "phlebectomy". Scientifically, "phleb" means vein and "ectomy" means removal.

    It is done under local anaesthesia. This procedure involves making tiny punctures or incisions through which the varicose veins are removed. The incisions are so small that no stitches are required.

    During your consultation your vascular surgeon will explain your options to you and help you decide which treatment is best for you.

  • How Long Does the Procedure Take?

    EVLA takes approximately 45 minutes. Schlerotherapy can take less than 30 minutes.

  • How Soon Will I See the Results?

    You will see results instantly.

  • How Long Will the Results Last?

    Results are permanent.

  • Will I Be Able to Fly Immediately after My Treatment?

    Your consultant will be able to advise you on this. It will depend very much on the severity of the veins removed but we usually recommend that you avoid flying for 3-4 days.

  • What Are the Common Side Effects of Varicose Veins Treatments?

    Common side effects include swelling and bruising, however both should reduce over 1 to 2 weeks.

  • Do Varicose Vein Treatments Hurt?

    EVLA, Sclerotherapy and Phlebectomy procedures are carried out under local anaesthetic so you won’t feel discomfort during the procedure. Some patients experience a little discomfort afterwards but it’s minimal.

  • How Do Varicose Veins Develop?

    The role of the veins is to carry blood towards the heart. In order to do this, the blood has to flow upwards against gravity, so it is helped along by a series of muscle contractions and one-way valves. If the valves become weak or break they don’t close properly and the blood flows back to the legs, where over a period of time the veins will start to bulge. These damaged veins serve no purpose, as their job is taken over by other veins. This means it’s perfectly safe to remove them.

    Around one in five people will develop varicose veins as they get older, and women are affected more than men. Risk factors include age, genes, gender and being overweight.

    Although most people seek treatment for cosmetic reasons, they can also cause aching, itchiness, a feeling of heaviness in the leg and night cramps. Varicose veins do not tend to get better and can actually get worse with time if not treated.

  • What Is Vein Stripping?

    At The Private Clinic we do not use and do not recommend vein stripping for the treatment of varicose veins. Simply put, there are much better techniques available.

    Vein stripping is a major surgical procedure usually done under general anaesthesia. Incisions are made either in the groin or behind the knee. An instrument is then passed along the vein and the entire length of the vessel is inverted and removed through the incision in the skin. 

    Varicose veins surgery is not only painful but requires unnecessary time off work and causes extensive bruising. 

    Despite that 67 per cent of NHS patients are still treated with vein stripping, which means a general anaesthetic and up to six weeks’ painful recovery. 

    Local health authorities claim that varicose veins are a cosmetic problem but at least 40 per cent of patients with varicose veins get significant discomfort, especially people who walk a lot – their legs ache and throb. Varicose vein treatment on the NHS is largely confined to patients with significant complications, including phlebitis and ulcers. Even in these cases, minimally invasive treatments would be a better option than vein stripping.