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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

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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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.

Last Reviewed July 16th 2020

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The role of veins is to carry blood towards the heart. In order for the veins 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 do not close properly and the blood flows back to the legs where, over a period of time, the veins will start to bulge. Endovenous laser treatment (EVLA) at The Private clinic is your best option, starting with a consultation with our expert Consultant Vascular surgeons.

At The Private Clinic we have carried out over 7,000 veins treatments specialising in veins treatments. We ensure that your journey with us is a positive one. Our Consultant vascular surgeons are highly experienced and have many decades working as Consultant vascular surgeons in the NHS. Our vascular nurses are here to help in any way they can and are available 24/7.

Where do I find a Varicose Vein clinic?

With over 35 years’ experience in offering the most advanced, veins treatments, we are UK’s recognised, specialist varicose vein clinic group with locations in LondonBristolBirminghamManchesterNorthamptonLeedsBexhillBournemouth and Bucks.

What are the best treatments for varicose vein removal?

We offer the most effective solution and recommend:

  • EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) or Endovenous laser treatment
  • Sclerotherapy (Foam & Liquid)
  • VenaSeal
  • Phlebectomy
  • Cutera CoolGlide for Spider or Thread Veins

At your consultation the Vascular surgeon will take a scan of your legs and discuss the best options for you.

Why do I have varicose veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins caused by vein valves that no longer function correctly and no longer allow blood to flow back to the legs.

There are many reasons for varicose veins, some include walking, genetic factors, maybe a parent has suffered from varicose veins or it can be due to long periods of standing or the heavy weight from pregnancy. Thread veins can also appear  due to the high pressure of a varicose vein.

What are the Symptoms of Varicose Veins:
  1. Veins could be enlarged, swollen, lumpy, bumpy or twisted in appearance.
  2. Most commonly found on the legs or feet and can be blue or dark purple in colour.
  3. Swollen feet or ankles.
  4. Uncomfortable, heavy or aching feeling in the legs.
  5. Dry skin in the area of the affected vein.
  6. Muscle cramps in the leg.
  7. Burning or throbbing sensation in the legs.

What happens in a consultation with a specialised vascular surgeon?

  • Before you need to make a trip to one of our CQC registered veins clinics your journey starts with a simple video consultation in the comfort of your own home.
  • Your Vascular surgeon will discuss in a video consultation your areas of concern.
  • They will explain, in detail, the range of treatment options we have available.
  • You will then be invited into one of our UK Vascular clinics to have a duplex 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.

Do I need a general anaesthetic when I have a varicose vein removal procedure?

The most up to date methods do not require a general anaesthetic or large surgical incisions. In fact, at our Veins clinics a varicose vein treatment is a simple walk-in, walk-out procedure.

procedure time

Procedure Time

30 - 60 mins

driving

Driving

24 - 48 hours

back to work

Back to work

1 - 3 days

exercise

Exercise

1 - 2 weeks

support garments

Support Garments

Compression stockings 2 weeks

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Anaesthetic Type

Local anaesthetic

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Washing

3 days

mobility

Up & Mobile

1 day

travel

Travel

3 weeks

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Final Results

6 weeks

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Hospital Stay

None, daycase

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Sleeping

n/a

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Sexual Activity

4 - 6 weeks

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Recovery Time

6 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!”

Read Martin’s patient story here.

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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.

  • Consultation
  • Pre Op
  • The Procedure
  • Aftercare

The Consultation

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.

Pre-Operative Advice

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.

What is EVLA?

What are the benefits of EVLA over traditional vein stripping?

  1. EVLA yields speedier recovery times.
  2. EVLA is more effective and has a better success rate(success rate after five years for EVLA is 95.4%).
  3. EVLA is considered the Gold Standard of treatment for varicose veins by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).
  4. EVLA is performed under local anaesthetic.
  5. Patients who have EVLA are able to return to the majority of their everyday activities within 24 hours.
  6. Our expert Consultant vascular surgeons are pioneers in EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) and have treated thousands of patients.

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

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.

Phlebectomy

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.

The Consultation

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.

Pre-Operative Advice

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.

What is EVLA?

What are the benefits of EVLA over traditional vein stripping?

  1. EVLA yields speedier recovery times.
  2. EVLA is more effective and has a better success rate(success rate after five years for EVLA is 95.4%).
  3. EVLA is considered the Gold Standard of treatment for varicose veins by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).
  4. EVLA is performed under local anaesthetic.
  5. Patients who have EVLA are able to return to the majority of their everyday activities within 24 hours.
  6. Our expert Consultant vascular surgeons are pioneers in EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) and have treated thousands of patients.

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

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.

Phlebectomy

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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FAQs

  • What are Varicose Veins?

    Varicose Veins commonly present themselves as lumpy / bulging veins found on the surface of the legs, although they can be present in other areas such as around the ankle and foot.  Varicose veins may also be dark purple or blue in colour. If you have varicose veins you may experience an itchy sensation around the site of the veins, pain after sitting or standing for extended periods of time, consistent aching feeling in the leg and burning, swelling or muscle cramping in the lower legs. At The Private Clinic we have performed over 7,000 vein procedures and offer the Gold Standard for treatment of Varicose Veins; EVLA. To find out more or book a consultation with our specialist vascular surgeons click here.

  • What Varicose Vein Treatments do you offer?

    EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) EVLA is a minimally invasive and highly effective varicose vein treatment, and is considered by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to be the best method for vein removal. It eliminates the reflux from the faulty valve creating the varicose vein and addresses the cause of the problem, rather than just the symptoms. During your procedure, an ultrasound scan will mark the position of the vein before local anaesthetic is injected around the area and a fine catheter is inserted through a small incision, usually near the knee. Laser energy is delivered through the probe in short pulses to seal the faulty valve so blood cannot flow through and the vein walls collapse. The leg is then bandaged to reduce swelling and bruising, and to aid recovery. Sclerotherapy (liquid or foam) For very small veins the issue can be addressed by sclerotherapy.  The treatment involves injecting a saline solution into your varicose vein which damages it and causes it to close. Liquid sclerotherapy is often used to treat smaller varicose veins and spider veins. For larger veins, foam sclerotherapy is sometimes used. You may have thread veins (or spider veins) which are characterised by fine dilated marks that appear under the skin – they may look like a web of very thin red or blue lines and can cause aching and itching. These can be removed through microsclerotherapy which is similar to foam sclerotherapy, but on a much smaller scale. The procedures take less than 30 minutes and are done under local anaesthesia meaning you will not feel any pain during treatment. Simply call us to book a consultation and you will be on your way to vein free legs. VenaSeal VenaSeal is a minimally invasive, pain free procedure that uses a form of medical  adhesive glue to close varicose veins. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and has a quick recovery time and you are not required to wear compression stockings after treatment. VenaSeal is a great option for those who have a phobia of needles or are just looking for a quick recovery time. Call us today to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced vascular surgeons to help you decide on the best treatment option for you. Phlebectomy  Phlebectomy is a method of removing varicose veins and spider veins on the surface of the legs. The name comes from the Greek terms “phleb” which means vein, and “ectomy” which means removal. The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and involves making tiny punctures or incisions through which the varicose veins are removed. The incisions are so small that no stitches are required and recovery is speedy. During your consultation at The Private Clinic, your vascular surgeon will explain your options to you and help you decide which treatment is best for you. As per NICE guidelines, we do not offer vein stripping, which requires a lengthy recovery period and does not yield as effective results. Click here to book a consultation with our experienced vascular surgeons who will be able to advise on the best treatment for you.

  • How soon will I see the results?

    You should be able to see a difference straight away after most varicose vein treatments but as you are required to wear the compression stocking for at least a week afterwards your leg will not be visible. When you take off the stocking you will notice a big difference in the appearance of your treated leg, there will be some bruising but the visible varicose veins should have disappeared. We advise that usually you will be able to see the final results of your treatment 6 weeks post procedure. VenaSeal does not require a compression stocking so you may be able to see the results of the treatment much quicker. Click here to book a consultation with our vascular surgeons and find out more about the treatments we offer for varicose veins.

  • What is the difference between EVLA and EVLT?

    VLA stands for EndoVenous Laser Ablation. It is any varicose vein treatment that uses laser heat energy to target and break down varicose veins. EVLT stands for EndoVenous Laser Treatment or EndoVenous Laser Therapy.  Back in 2000, it was a new and effective treatment that used heat from the laser to break down the varicose vein. Subsequently as the treatment’s popularity rocketed and others wanted to offer the effective treatment: so EVLA became a popular general term to describe laser ablation treatments like EVLT. EVLA simply means a collection of treatments using varying wavelengths of lasers (including 940 nm, 1064 nm and 1320 nm) and equipment but with a similar method and result. Today, well over 10 years after EVLT’s introduction, there are many EVLA procedures available, including EVLT. To discuss the wavelength and equipment used in our EVLA procedure please make a consultation with one of our specialised vascular surgeons who will be able to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your varicose vein treatment.

  • How much does Varicose Veins cost?

    A consultation with our expert Consultant Vascular Surgeons are the best place to  determine the most appropriate treatment for you costs £150, which includes a free ultrasound scan of your legs (this is usually priced between £350 and £450 at most clinics and private hospitals). Our varicose vein removal treatment prices are very competitive, you will be given an accurate quote following your consultation.

    Treatment Cost
    Phlebectomy Consultation: £150 Ultrasound Scan: £0 1 Leg: £997 2 Legs: £1,350 Compression Stockings: £0 Follow up appointments: £0
    Foam Sclerotherapy Consultation: £150 Ultrasound Scan: £0 Treatment: From £400 Compression Stockings: £0 Follow up appointments: £0
    Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) Consultation: £150 Ultrasound Scan: £0 Treatment: From £2,260 Compression Stockings: £0 Follow up appointments: £0
    Venaseal Consultation: £150 Ultrasound Scan: £0 Treatment: From £2,960 Compression Stockings: £0 Follow up appointments: £0
    Follow up consultation cost At The Private Clinic, we do not charge for any follow-up consultations, this is always included in our price. You can come back as many times as you feel is necessary. How to research a Varicose Vein Clinic When you are researching your Varicose Vein clinic always ask about a multiple varicose vein removal price.  Many Varicose vein clinics try to quote a cheap varicose vein price by listing a price for one vein only as a starting price.  This is in our opinion is false selling. Our Consultant Vascular surgeons often treat multiple veins that cause the underlying problems. To have a thorough consultation with one of our expert Varicose Vein Consultant Vascular surgeons click here. Why The Private Clinic is the best place to have vein treatment:
    • We have carried out over 7,000 vein treatments, we have the reputation and experience to ensure you are in safe hands.
    • We have highly specialised Vascular surgeons.
    • We treat in our state of the art clinics located in our clinics (London Harley Street, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Bournemouth)
    • You do not need to travel to a big hospital.
    • Aftercare is paramount to us and you will be provided with detailed instructions following your procedure.
    • 24-hour patient helpline to ensure you are always in the best of hands.
    • As many post-operative care and appointments with your surgeon and nursing team as required.
    • Your consultation with the specialist Vascular surgeon includes a free ultrasound scan normally priced at £350-£450 at other clinics.
    • Word of mouth is high with 95% recommending us to their friends and family.
    • Check out our before and after photos and see the results for yourself.
    We offer 0% (interest free) APR loans for varicose vein treatments.

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    Patient Stories

    Outstanding care, patient satisfaction and results mean everything to The Private Clinic Team

    “I’m so pleased with the results and it is really life changing for me!” *
    -Nicole Hopkirk, Former Managing Editor, MSN Health

    We are here to help at The Private Varicose Vein Clinic

    • Our aim is to always advise on 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 downtime, treatment takes one hour.
    • The NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) Gold Standard for treatment of Varicose Veins find the success rate after five years for EVLA is 95.4%.
    • A consultation with one of our Consultant Vascular Surgeons costs £150, with a free ultrasound scan of your legs (usually priced at £350 to £450 at most clinics and private hospitals).
    • We only treat with local anaesthetic in our CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered Vein clinics in London Harley street, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, and Bournemouth
    • We have carried out over 7,000 treatments
    • Competitively priced
    • We focus on the underlying cause of your veins and with no scars

    Meet our Surgeons

    We have varicose vein clinics all over the UK – NorthSouth East and LondonMidlands and South West and our medical team comprises senior Consultant Vascular Surgeons, each with over 15 years’ experience in the NHS. In addition Professor Rajiv Vohra has over 100 listed articles related to the vascular field and can be seen here on google scholar. We specialise in offering minimally invasive treatments and our patient satisfaction rates speak for themselves – with a success rate of over 95%.

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