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 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 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.