Varicose veins usually develop when the small valves inside the veins stop working properly. They appear as lumpy or bulging veins usually on the legs and they may be dark purple or blue in colour. Varicose veins affect many people in the UK but many people choose to ignore their veins rather than seeking treatment. Varicose veins are not only an unsightly nuisance but they are also potential health hazards putting you at risk of blood clots, ulcers and swelling as well as venous disease.
The Consequences of Untreated Varicose Veins
Many patients who don’t treat their varicose veins will just experience continued symptoms of pain, fatigue and swelling of the legs or ankles. But some patients can go on to develop advanced medical problems including hyperpigmentation, lipodermatosclerosis, venous leg ulcers, spontaneous bleeding, superficial thrombophlebitis, and a potentially life-threatening condition called deep vein thrombosis
While not all varicose veins are dangerous, they should be evaluated and monitored by a vein specialist to ensure that treatment is advised when symptoms for any of the below issues are apparent.
Skin Discolouration / Pigmentation
Varicose veins that have had a period of time to progress untreated can lead to pigmentation appearing as brownish or blue skin discoloration.
Blood Clots / Superficial Thrombophlebitis
Varicose veins can cause blood in the veins to pool leading to stagnant blood flow which then clots in the insufficient vein. These blood clots can then travel to other parts of the body blocking blood flow which can then result in serious medical issues. Superficial thrombophlebitis is also caused by blood clots within the veins which can result in redness with painful hard lumps sitting beneath the skin.
Varicose veins can cause venous ulcers or open sores which can be painful, cause your leg to swell and are often difficult to heal. Open sores on the legs can result in infection so we recommend getting both these and your varicose veins treated as soon as possible to reduce the risk of this.
Untreated varicose veins have an increased risk of sudden bleeding. This is because over time they can become bigger and there is a high amount of pressure which can cause the veins to spontaneously burst and bleed heavily. The high pressure involved in varicose veins can cause the bleed to be very dramatic and in some cases a stitch or other medical treatment to ensure that the patient does not continue to loose what could be a large amount of blood. It does not take much to cause spontaneous bleeding, simply brushing against the edge of a piece of furniture or even scrubbing your skin too hard in the bath or shower can cause a varicose vein to burst.
This skin condition occurs most commonly on the lower leg affecting people who have a venous insufficiency. Lipodermatosclerosis is when there is an inflammation in the layer of fatty tissue beneath the skin. It can cause your skin to become red, painful and swollen with hardening of the skin.
Deep Vein Thrombosis / Pulmonary Embolism
If you have varicose veins then you are unfortunately at a greater risk of developing DVT (deep vein thrombosis). DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) is when a blood clot forms in a deep leg vein, it can cause pain and swelling and can lead to more severe conditions such as a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism occurs when a section of the blood clot breaks off and works its way into the bloodstream and blocks one of the blood vessels in the lungs. Together, DVT and pulmonary embolism are known as venous thromboembolism (VTE).
When you have a consultation for Varicose Veins at The Private Clinic, our expert consultant vascular surgeons will perform a free ultrasound scan of your legs to look for underlying issues like the ones mentioned above.
Our specialised team at our Varicose Vein clinics are here to reduce the risks and side effects from having varicose veins by offering a range of varicose vein treatments such as Phlebectomy, Foam Sclerotherapy, VenaSeal and the Gold Standard treatment for varicose veins EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation).
Why choose The Private Varicose Vein Clinic:
- The least invasive method for varicose veins and thread veins removal treatment for your legs, body and face.
- Our Consultant vascular surgeons are pioneers in EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) and have treated thousands of patients.
- No lengthy downtime or recovery required.
- The NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) Gold Standard for treatment of Varicose Veins findings shows that the success rate after five years for EVLA is 95.4%.
- A consultation with one of our Consultant Vascular Surgeons costs £150, including a free ultrasound scan of your legs (usually priced between £350 and £450 at most clinics and private hospitals).
- We focus on the underlying cause of your veins and you will only see a Consultant Vascular surgeon for varicose veins.
- We have treated thousands of patients who have regained their confidence whilst avoiding health issues.
- Treatment takes one hour; you can go home shortly after being treated.
- Owing to our success, we have been featured on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies and TLC’s My Naked Secret
- We have carried out over 7,000 procedures in treating Veins.
If you are suffering from varicose veins and would like to speak to someone about the treatments we have available please call our Varicose vein clinic number 0333 920 2471 or click here to make an appointment in one of our Varicose Vein clinics located in:
- Harley street, London
Consultations also take place in our Northampton and Glasgow Clinics.
If you are suffering from varicose veins and would like to speak to someone about the treatments we have available please call 0333 920 2471 or click here to make an appointment.