Over 7,000 vein procedures performed by consultant vascular surgeons. First class support & aftercare in our varicose vein clinics.
Over 7,000 vein procedures performed
Free ultrasound scan at consultation
All procedures carried out by consultant vascular surgeons
First class support & aftercare in our varicose vein clinics
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- About this Treatment
- Before & Afters
- What to Expect
- Our Clinics
- Patient Stories
- Why the Private Clinic
- Meet the Surgeons
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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.
Last Reviewed April 26th 2022
The Private Clinic with clinics throughout the UK specialises in the Gold standard in minimally invasive Varicose Vein removal. Our advanced Veins clinics cater for Walk in walk out treatments. We do not use outsourced hospitals.
At The Private Clinic we have carried out over 7,000 veins treatments with a Trust Pilot 5 star rating. We ensure that your journey with us is a positive one with outstanding pre and post-operative care. Our Consultant vascular surgeons are highly experienced and have many decades working as Consultant vascular surgeons.
The Private Clinic are “Covid secure”. We continue to provide expert services for medical conditions due to venous disease. For Covid information about the extensive measures we are taking to ensure your care and safety click here.
Where do I find a Varicose Vein clinic?
With over 35 years’ experience in offering the most advanced treatments, we are UK’s recognised, specialist varicose vein clinic group with locations in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Northampton, Leeds, Bournemouth and Bucks.
What are the best treatments for varicose vein removal?
We ensure only the most effective minimally invasive vein removal treatments are available. These include:
EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) or Endovenous laser treatment, the gold standard in vein removal with 95% success rateSclerotherapy (Foam & Liquid)VenaSeal (minimal injection, no support tights)Phlebectomy
What happens in a consultation with our specialised vascular surgeon?
Your journey starts with a simple video consultation in the comfort of your home.Your Vascular surgeon will discuss your areas of concern. We follow a patient centred approach and will discuss your lifestyle and medical reasons for having the procedure.Your Consultant Vascular surgeon will explain the range of treatment options.You will then be invited into one of our UK advanced CQC registered Vascular clinics to have a duplex ultrasound scan of your legs.At your consultation your Vascular surgeon will then advise on the best vein treatment that will be the most minimally invasive and effective solution suited for you.Our walk in walk out clinics ensure you are in safe hands, we do not outsource in hospitals. The expert vascular team are on hand 24/7 should you need to discuss anything.
Do I need a general anaesthetic for varicose vein removal procedure?
The most up to date methods do not require a general anaesthetic or large surgical incisions. In fact, at our expert Veins clinics a varicose vein treatment is a simple walk-in, walk-out procedure. Vein stripping is an old-fashioned procedure and not advised with the advanced vein removal options available.
Our treatments offer the following advantages over traditional surgery:
- No General Anaesthetic is required
- Tailored treatment plan best suited to you
- No scars
- No Time off work
- Low Recurrence Rates
- Industry leading aftercare with successful outcomes
30 – 60 mins
24 – 48 hours
Back to work
1 – 3 days
Up & Mobile
4 – 6 weeks
1 – 2 weeks
Compression stockings 2 weeks
What are the Symptoms of Varicose Veins:
- Veins could be enlarged, swollen, lumpy, bumpy or twisted in appearance.
- Most commonly found on the legs or feet and can be blue or dark purple in colour.
- Swollen feet or ankles.
- Uncomfortable, heavy or aching feeling in the legs.
- Dry skin in the area of the affected vein.
- Muscle cramps in the leg.
- Burning or throbbing sensation in the legs.
“My varicose veins have now completely disappeared and I’m free from the condition which haunted me since my teenage years. I’ve got my confidence back and I can’t wait to go on my next summer holiday!”
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Before & After
We are one of the UK’s centers of excellence for minimally invasive treatments for vein problems. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent results and aftercare in Varicose Vein procedures. See our before and after Varicose Vein photos from our specialist vascular surgeons below. The best option is to book a consultation to discuss the best procedure for you and to see more before and after photos for varicose vein removal.
What to Expect
The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 35 years with thousands of people placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.
A consultation will take place with one of our vascular surgeons who are experts in treating varicose veins. Your surgeon will:
- Listen to your concerns regarding your veins
- Review your medical history
- Perform a free ultrasound scan
- Discuss the best options suited to you
- Detail the risks and complications
- Review your expectations from Varicose vein removal surgery
- Detail what will happen on the day of the procedure
- Go through the recovery and aftercare required
You will then meet with your dedicated patient coordinator who will provide you with a detailed treatment plan with full cost and pricing details so you can leave feeling well informed and able to make a decision if to go ahead with treatment or not.
In the interests of patient safety all our patients are assessed against our patient selection criteria. Following your varicose vein consultation and review of your past medical history, the physician or pre-operative nurse will choose the pre-operative tests considered to be appropriate, most of which are routine blood tests.
You will be provided with a pre-operative instruction sheet ahead of your procedure which will help you to prepare for your varicose vein treatment.
Varicose Vein Removal Surgery
At The Private Clinic we offer 4 types of varicose vein removal procedures.
All of our procedures are:
- Performed in-clinic
- Require no overnight stay
- Carried out under local anaesthetic
- Take 30-60 minutes to perform
- Minimal downtime
EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) or Endovenous laser treatment
EVLA is a minimally invasive method of destroying dysfunctional varicose veins. The treatment locates the damaged vein with ultrasound, before using laser heat to collapse the wall of the vein and destroy the cause of the problem.
Sclerotherapy (Foam & Liquid)
Foam sclerotherapy involves a solution being mixed with air which creates the foam. This foam is then injected into the varicose veins and it then coats the vein wall. This then causes an inflammation inside the vein which pushes the blood out of the area. The vein walls will then be very sticky which will eventually close off the vein and within a couple of weeks the varicose vein will start to shrink and disappear.
VenaSeal is a closure system that uses medical adhesive to close varicose veins. A small catheter will be inserted into your leg once the area has been numbed with local anaesthetic. Your surgeon will use an ultrasound to guide the small catheter through the affected veins. The VenaSeal tool then dispenses small amounts of medical grade Sapheon Glue that works to close the vein. Once the varicose vein is closed, the blood is re-routed through other healthy veins located deeper within the leg and the original varicose vein is gradually absorbed by the body. VenaSeal is a great option for patients who have a needle phobia as VenaSeal only requires a single injection per vein. Recovery time after VenaSeal is often shorter and you may not be required to wear compression stockings after treatment.
A phlebectomy procedure involves making small incisions to allow the varicose veins to be removed. More commonly performed on large bulging varicose veins that are close to the surface of the leg. A phlebectomy procedure involves a hook being inserted into the tiny incisions which then hooks onto a section of the varicose vein. The vein is then removed but as the incisions are very small no stitches are required.
You will be able to leave our veins clinic shortly after the treatment has taken place.
After your varicose vein removal procedure
All varicose vein patients will receive a comprehensive post-operative care service provided as part of your aftercare package. Immediately following your varicose vein removal procedure, bandages will be applied to the treated areas and in most cases a compression stocking will need to be worn in the days following your procedure. You will also be provided with any medication that is prescribed by your surgeon or doctor to take during the following week to aid your recovery and given a post-operative instruction sheet explaining what to do and what to avoid doing following your procedure.
Most patients return to work within 1-2 days, but we do advise that strenuous exercise is avoided for at least 5 days and it should be returned to at a gradual pace. This is to avoid unnecessary injury, but it is recommended that you do keep active by taking regular walks.
Post-operative appointments usually take place at 6 weeks where your surgeon will then be able to assess your recovery, advise if any further treatment is required and discuss how to avoid potential recurrence of varicose veins in the future.
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