• 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

Varicose Veins

The Problem

The role of 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 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 at The Private clinic is your best option, starting with a consultation with our expert Vascular surgeons.

One of the UK’s most recognised Varicose Vein clinics

With over 35 years’ experience in offering the most advanced, minimally invasive treatments for all types of veins, we are one of the UK’s most recognised, specialist varicose vein clinic with nationwide locations in LondonBristol, Birmingham, Manchester, NorthamptonLeeds, BexhillBournemouth and Glasgow.
We are able to offer non-surgical varicose vein removal treatments to 99% of patients. Our range of non-surgical varicose vein treatments includes EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) or Endovenous laser treatment, Sclerotherapy (Foam & Liquid), VenaSeal and Phlebectomy. We also treat smaller Spider or Thread Veins and offer advanced Sclerotherapy and Cutera CoolGlide thread veins removal treatments.

All the vein treatments offered at our best vascular hospitals in the UK are minimally invasive and are performed without the need for general anaesthetic or large surgical incisions. The Private Clinic vascular clinics have carried out over 7,000 procedures in treating Veins.

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Renowned Vascular Surgeon, Constantinos Kyriakides talking about EVLA treatment for Varicose Veins

Mr Constantinos Kyriakides, MD, FRCS (Gen), FRCS (Gen Surg), GMC Number: 3275436, is a Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon named as a Top Doctor for 2019 by Tatler magazine. He talks about minimally invasive vascular surgery tecnqiues to treat and reduce the appearance of varicose veins

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Martin’s Patient Story

“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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Why choose 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 are competitively priced
  • We focus on the underlying cause of your veins and with no scars
  • Owing to our reputation, we have been featured on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies TLC’s My Naked Secret and featured in Harper’s Bazaar’s Cosmetic Tweakment Trends for 2019 and The Daily Mail.
  • We have carried out over 7,000 procedures in treating Veins.

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Symptoms of Varicose Veins:

Varicose veins are usually easily diagnosed by their enlarged, swollen, lumpy, bumpy or twisted appearance. The veins are most commonly found on the legs or feet and they may be blue or dark purple in colour.

Other symptoms include;

  • Swollen feet or ankles.
  • Uncomfortable feeling in the legs (Heavy/Aching).
  • Dry skin in the area of the affected vein.
  • Muscle cramps in the leg.
  • Burning or throbbing sensation in the legs.

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

The Problem

The role of 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 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 at The Private clinic is your best option, starting with a consultation with our expert Vascular surgeons.

The Treatment

At The Private Clinic we have chosen the best minimally invasive Vein options. Your Consultant Vascular Surgeon will discuss the right option for you.

What is EVLA?

EVLA is a minimally-invasive method of destroying dysfunctional varicose veins. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and yields speedier recovery times, as well as better success rates, than traditional vein stripping. 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.

EVLA is considered the Gold Standard of treatment for varicose veins by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), a non-departmental public body whose aim is to encourage the best healthcare practices across the country. The most recent NICE guidelines outlined that, despite the fact that 50% of varicose veins are still surgically stripped, Laser Thermal Ablation was a far more effective and safe method, and stripping should no longer be considered except in exceptional circumstances. The NICE Gold Standard for treatment of Varicose Veins findings show that the success rate after five years for EVLA is 95.4%

Our expert Consultant vascular surgeons are pioneers in EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) and have treated thousands of patients

What is Sclerotherapy?

Usually sclerotherapy is only recommended for thread veins however small varicose veins can sometimes be treated with liquid sclerotherapy but for larger veins we use foam sclerotherapy.

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.

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

What is 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. 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.

The treatment is quick and painless taking 30-60 minutes on average but this depends on the amount of veins being treated. The treatment is performed under local anaesthetic with no need for tumescent anaesthesia or nerve blocks. You will be able to leave the clinic shortly after your procedure has taken place. Recovery time is relatively shorter and you often are not required to wear compression stockings after treatment and are able to return to daily activities such as work and exercise a lot sooner.

What is Phlebectomy?

A phlebectomy procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and involves making small incisions to allow the varicose veins to be removed. A hook is inserted into the tiny incision which then hooks onto a section of the varicose vein. The vein is then removed and as the incisions are very small no stitches are required.

Our Varicose Vein treatments are:

  • Minimally invasive, we have carried out over 7,000 treatments
  • Competitively priced,  walk-in walk-out procedures.
  • Performed by some of the Country’s top Consultant Vascular Surgeons.
  • We only treat with local anaesthetic in our state of the art widely recognised in-house clinical facilities in Harley street, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Bexhill, Glasgow, Leeds, and Bournemouth.
  • Only takes 1 hour, which means you can head home shortly after.
  • We tackle  the actual cause of the problem, which is why we offer all patients a free ultrasound scan.
  • Trust Pilot 5 star rating and 96% of patients would recommend us to friends and family

Our surgeons have performed amongst the highest number of EVLA treatments in the UK, and have helped develop the procedure into the safe and highly recommended method it is today.

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Can Pregnancy cause Varicose Veins?

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I have Eczema, can I still have treatment?

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    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%.

    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. All our varicose vein removal procedures are performed by highly qualified senior vascular surgeons and we have carried out amongst the highest number of EVLA procedures in the UK. Our success rate of over 95% 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 on which treatment will give you the best results.

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    I had an appointment with Mr.Ranaboldo for varicose veins at the Private Clinic in Bristol. I had an EVLA and phlebectomy procedure which were worth every penny. There is absolutely nothing to worry about, simply walk in and walk out. The clinic is very nice with professional staff. I am very happy with my results and would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Mr Ranaboldo, his assistant and of course to Chantelle and the other nice people on reception. If you have problems with varicose veins and you live in or near to Bristol this place is for you.

    Paul, Bristol

    I visited The Private Clinic in Bristol for EVLA + Phlebectomy for my Varicose Veins. I was very pleased with how this went from start to finish.
    Brenda was such a lovely welcoming, knowledgeable, friendly lady and I believe this made my experience so much better, I was really put at ease and looked after. So too was the surgeon Mr Charles Ranaboldo who was brilliant, professional, knowledgeable and I really appreciated how much information I was given throughout the procedure, it certainly does make a difference. I would totally recommend this clinic, surgeon and staff.

    Sarah, Bristol

    I have recently had EVLA treatment on my varicose veins at The Private Clinic Bristol. My surgeon is Mr Charles Ranaboldo and right from the first consultation I felt at ease he was very professional and friendly. I had this procedure done over 6 weeks ago feel like I have new legs I have some more treatments to come but wish I had done it years ago. Great clinic, lovely professional and friendly staff. Would definitely recommend.

    Amanda, Bristol

    I recently had EVLA treatment for Varicose Veins at Bristol by Dr Ranaboldo. It was amazing and not as bad as I thought as I was feeling very nervous. The results are amazing and well worth it. The staff were very friendly and made me feel at ease. After a week I can already see great results and I’m sure after my recovery it will give me a new lease of life and my confidence back.  Thank you!

    Helen, Bristol

    On arrival at The Private Clinic of Harley Street I was warmly welcomed and offered a drink whilst waiting then I had my meeting with the consultant Dr Rittoo. Who took away all worries and concerns I had and answered all questions and explained everything about the varicose vein procedures. Once I decided to go ahead I went away and returned for the procedure a few weeks later. Throughout the procedure I was well looked after by Dr Rittoo and his team and especially the nurse that stayed with me throughout talking to me and making me feel good and telling me what’s happening. I recovered really well and the aftercare was very good! I can honestly say having the treatment was the best thing I have ever done. My confidence has improved and I can’t wait to show my legs off this summer and on holiday. No more ugly veins and swollen legs! Amazing and Dr Rittoo was amazing! Thank you so much! Totally recommend!

    Paul, Hatfield

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