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Varicose Veins

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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 clinics with nationwide locations in LondonBristol, Birmingham, Manchester, NorthamptonLeeds, Bexhill and Bournemouth.

However before you need to make that trip to one of our CQC registered veins clinics your journey starts with a simple video consultation in the comfort of your own home.

How do varicose veins develop?

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. Other issues can also arise due to the high pressure of a varicose vein resulting in thread veins or spider veins.

What’s The Difference between Varicose and Thread Veins

What are the best varicose vein treatment options?

At The Private Clinic our minimally invasive treatments are carried out in our Vascular hospitals and they include:

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

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.

What happens in a consultation with a specialised vascular surgeon?

  • 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.
  • Your Vascular surgeon will then advise on the best vein treatment that is going to be the most minimally invasive and effective solution suited for you.

Browse Before & After Photos of Varicose Vein Treatment results

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!”

Read Martin’s patient story here.

We are also offering free refundable varicose vein phone or video consultations with our highly experienced Patient Coordinators who are able to offer you all the information you require prior to meeting our highly experienced Vascular surgeons.

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 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 and appearance 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.

“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 varicose vein treatments. 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 . 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 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.
How long does the EVLA treatment take?
EVLA takes one hour depending on the number of veins being treated. Treatment is with a local anaesthetic which means you will feel no pain. You can leave our Veins clinic soon after the treatment and you will be wearing a compression stocking.

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 find foam sclerotherapy to be more effective.

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.

How long does the Sclerotherapy treatment take?

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 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.

How long does the VenaSeal treatment take?

VenaSeal treatment is quick taking 30-60 minutes to perform. The procedure is also painless being performed under local anaesthetic. You can leave the clinic shortly after your procedure. Recovery time is often shorter and you may not be required to wear compression stockings after treatment.  You can return to daily activities such as work and exercise sooner than other treatments.

What is Phlebectomy?

A phlebectomy procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and 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.

How long does a phlebectomy treatment take?

Phlebectomy procedures take between 30 minutes to an hour depending on the severity of the veins.

Our Varicose Vein treatments are:

  • Minimally invasive, we have carried out over 7,000 treatments
  • Competitively priced
  • They are walk-in walk-out procedures, overnight stays are not required
  • 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 London Harley street, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Bexhill, 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.
  • Check out our 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.

Our Regulator

Our service has been rigorously assessed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) with whom all our clinics are registered. CQC Reg No: 1-3487232249

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.

How do Varicose Veins develop?

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. These damaged veins serve no purpose meaning it is perfectly safe to remove them.

Around one in five people will develop varicose veins as they get older, and women are affected more than men. Risk factors include age, gender and being overweight, but genetics are the biggest cause.

Although most people seek treatment for cosmetic reasons, varicose veins can also cause aching, itchiness, a feeling of heaviness in the leg, and night cramps. Varicose veins do not tend to get better and can actually worsen with time if not treated.

At The Private Clinic we recommend you talk to one of our highly experienced vascular surgeons who can put your mind at ease and discuss the options available to you. We offer a range of treatments and payment plans to help you. Click here to contact us and find out more about our varicose vein treatments.

Where do Varicose Veins appear?

Varicose veins most commonly appear on the legs and thighs but they can also show up in the scrotum, pelvis and vulva.

At The Private Clinic we are able to offer specalised vein treatments which includes Pelvic Vein Embolisation (PVE) for Pelvic Congestion and Varicose vein removal in the Scrotum.

To find out more about our varicose vein treatments for all areas click here to book a consultation with our experienced vascular surgeons.

Are Varicose Veins serious?

Varicose veins are not only an unsightly nuisance but they are also potential health hazards putting you at risk of blood clots, ulcers, swelling, hyperpigmentation and venous disease.

Patients suffering with varicose veins report symptoms such as pain and discomfort in the legs, itchiness, fatigue and swelling of the skin. These symptoms can get worse with untreated varicose veins and if you are not currently experiencing symptoms then these are likely to develop over time.

If you are concerned about your varicose veins then click here to book a consultation with our experienced vascular surgeons who will be able to advise on the best course of treatment for you.

When is the best time to treat Varicose Veins?

We perform varicose vein treatment all year round at The Private Clinic. We find that some patients choose to treat their varicose veins during the Autumn or Winter months as it leaves them with plenty of time to recover before the summer. However we have many treatment options to suit your lifestyle, the best option is to come and talk to one of our experienced vascular surgeons who will put your mind at ease.

Contact us today to schedule in your consultation with one of experienced vascular surgeons who will be able to talk you through the recovery time required post treatment.

Could my varicose veins be caused by underlying health issues?

It is unlikely that an underlying health problem has caused varicose veins. The only thing to be cautious about would be if your varicose veins are clotting. If you find your veins clotting then it would definitely be recommended that you visit your GP before receiving treatment to rule out any underlying health issues that could be causing the clotting.

At The Private Clinic, we offer a free ultrasound scan at your varicose vein consultation which will help your vascular surgeon to see if there are any underlying issues that need to be dealt with before your start treatment.

To find out more about our varicose vein treatments and to see if you are suitable for varicose vein removal procedures click here to book a consultation with one of our experienced vascular surgeons.

How can I stop the formation of Varicose Veins?

Unfortunately there is no guaranteed way to avoid varicose veins. They are often a genetic issue so if members of your family have them then it is likely that you will too.

Exercise is always a great way to not only control your weight but it keeps your leg muscles active and fit. If you are prone to varicose veins then try low-impact activities like cycling and swimming.

We also recommend wearing flat shoes over high heels as this will allow for your calf muscles to contract fully. If you find that your legs are aching then try wearing compression stockings as much as possible as these can help prevent the blood from pooling.

Our experienced vascular surgeons have carried out over 7,000 treatments and are available to offer their advice on all things to do with varicose veins. To book a consultation with one of our surgeons click here.

Am I too old for Varicose Vein treatment?

There is no age limit for Varicose Vein treatment, we will treat anyone who is over the age of 18 and is healthy.

We have patients from a mix of ages and all have found the treatment to be almost life changing and many wonder why they waited so long. As long as you are able to wear the compression stocking as advised by your surgeon and walk daily as directed then you will be a suitable candidate for varicose vein treatment at The Private Clinic. The best option is to come and talk with our specialist vascular surgeons who will advise you on the best options to treat your varicose veins click here to book a consultation.

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.

What will happen during my consultation?

All varicose vein consultations at The Private Clinic are surgeon-led and include a free ultrasound scan worth over £350. This ensures that your varicose veins are examined with the utmost accuracy and your treatment is tailored to you.

During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss with you exactly what the problem is, where it originates and what treatments are suitable. You will be given a detailed treatment plan with full cost and pricing details so there will be no surprises when it comes to payment.

Your personal Patient Coordinator will also attend the consultation with you to ensure all your questions are answered and you are fully informed on the procedure. They will be on hand following the consultation to help you with anything you might need, and will answer any further questions you may have. Having attended your consultation, they will know your case and requirements and will always be there to guide you throughout your treatment.

Click here to book a consultation with one of our highly experienced vascular surgeons.

What is an ultrasound scan?

Ultrasound scanning is widely used in the medical setting and is most commonly used during pregnancy to see the foetus, but an ultrasound scan is a very important step to ensuring that you receive the correct treatment for your varicose veins.  When you come in for your consultation you will receive a free Duplex Ultrasound scan. A duplex ultrasound scan varies slightly to a traditional ultrasound scan where only a greyscale picture is seen, the duplex ultrasound scan adds a secondary layer to the picture allowing your surgeon to not only see the location of your veins but the way in which the blood is flowing within them.

All consultations at The Private Clinic with our vascular surgeons will include a free ultrasound scan, click here to book.

Who will perform my ultrasound scan?

All of our vascular surgeons at The Private Clinic are highly skilled and trained in performing ultrasound scanning and you can be sure that you will receive a correct diagnosis leading to the most suitable treatment for your varicose veins.

Click here to book a consultation with our highly experienced vascular surgeons and receive your free ultrasound scan.

Is it possible to receive treatment on the same day as my consultation?

At The Private Clinic we like our patients to come in for a consultation first to not only find out more about the treatment but it also allows our specialist vascular surgeons to assess  you and decide which treatment is going to be best for you. At this stage you will be able to go away and have a think about it and do any additional research before deciding to go ahead with treatment.

We do understand however that some patients do travel a long distance so in certain cases we can look to organise treatment on the same day but this may require a consultation via skype or over the phone.

Click here to find out more information about varicose vein treatment.

Can all of my veins be treated in one sitting?

There is no limit on the amount of veins that can be treated on the same day; however there is a limit on the amount of local anaesthetic that can be safely used in one sitting. We also have patients who prefer to only treat one leg at a time to reduce their downtime.  You will be advised of the best procedure plan at your consultation. To book a consultation click here.

Why would you choose EVLA over cheaper alternatives?

Foam sclerotherapy although an option for Varicose Veins it is not always effective as laser treatment and therefore would only be suitable as a primary treatment for a small amount of our patients. A full consultation would be needed in order to determine if you would be suitable for just foam sclerotherapy over EVLA treatment.

We would always usually favour EVLA treatment here at The Private Clinic due to the success rates of alternative treatments being low in comparison to laser treatment. You can also discuss the new VenaSeal procedure which might suit your lifestyle. To book a consultation with a vascular surgeon click here.

Do Varicose Vein treatments hurt?

EVLA, Sclerotherapy, VenaSeal and Phlebectomy procedures are carried out under local anaesthetic so you won’t feel discomfort during the procedure. Some patients may experience a little discomfort afterwards but it’s minimal.

To find out more about our varicose vein removal treatments click here to book a consultation with one of our experienced vascular surgeons.

How long does the procedure take?

At The Private Clinic we pride ourselves on our professional outcomes for treating varicose veins and thread/spider veins. Generally EVLA takes approximately 45 minutes. Sclerotherapy can take less than 30 minutes. VenaSeal can take between 30-60 minutes and Phlebectomy procedures take between 30 minutes to an hour.

We have carried out over 7,000 varicose vein treatments at The Private Clinic. To book a consultation with a Vascular surgeon to discuss all of the options best for you click here.

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.

Can Varicose Veins return after treatment?

At The Private Clinic we believe the best results are seen after EVLA treatment where there is less than 10% of a chance of the veins coming back this is because the EVLA method is very comprehensive at sealing the vein.

Although it is unlikely for the same vein to appear again after treatment, you may find that new veins appear and sometimes even normal looking veins you have had for years can develop into varicose veins so it is best to keep a close eye on them.

We average that there is a 1% chance of new veins developing for each year after treatment.

To find out more about our range of varicose vein removal treatments click here to book a consultation with one of our experienced vascular surgeons.

What happens to the blood flow in my legs after the varicose veins have been removed?

There are two types of veins within your leg, superficial veins and deep veins. Deep veins are the ones that carry the vast amount of your blood back to your heart compared to your superficial veins. Varicose veins will only occur in your superficial veins so when they are removed, the blood flow will just return back to your deep veins which will improve your circulation and blood flow.

To speak to one of our vascular surgeons about how our varicose vein treatments work, click here to book a consultation.

What are the common side effects of Varicose Veins treatments?

As with every medical treatment or procedure, there are always certain risks or side effects which patients should be aware of when undergoing varicose vein treatment.

Common side effects from EVLA and Foam Sclerotherapy include swelling and bruising however this should reduce over the following weeks.

Common side effects from VenaSeal treatment includes mild pain in the treatment area, inflammation and skin numbness which again should only last up to 2 weeks.

Our experienced vascular surgeon will go through all the risks with you in detail at your consultation so you will be able to feel well informed before deciding to go ahead with your varicose vein procedure at The Private Clinic. Click here to book a consultation.

When will I be able to resume normal activities after treatment?

Varicose vein treatments at The Private Clinic are all walk-in, walk-out procedures with the majority of patients being able to return to everyday activities straight away.

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.

The best way to get information about downtime after varicose vein removal surgery is to book a consultation with one of our experienced vascular surgeons who will be able to answer all of your questions.

Will I be able to drive myself home after treatment?

We do not recommend that you drive yourself home after varicose vein treatment at The Private Clinic. Your legs will be bandaged and you will be wearing a compression stocking which although it shouldn’t interfere with your ability to walk, it may interfere with your ability to drive safely and do an emergency stop for example. The day after your treatment you will be able to remove the bandage but you will carry on wearing the stocking, if you feel comfortable and you know that you are in control of your car you may wish to drive but more importantly you should always check with your motor insurance to make sure that they are happy to cover you in these circumstances.

The Private Clinic have carried out over 7,000 varicose vein treatments. To discuss all of the options best for you click here to book a consultation with one of our Vascular surgeons at a clinic close to you.

How long will I need to wear compression stockings for?

We advise that after varicose vein treatments at The Private Clinic you should be wearing a compression stocking for two weeks. This should not get in the way of your daily life too much and you will be able to remove it for showers etc.

You may not be required to wear a compression stocking after VenaSeal treatment although some surgeons may still advise if for the first couple of days post-procedure.

Over 7,000 varicose vein procedures have been performed at The Private Clinic. Click here to book a consultation with one of our highly experienced vascular surgeons.

Do I need to take time off work after treatment?

Provided you have non strenuous job, we recommend that patients can go back to work the day after EVLA, VenaSeal and Foam Sclerotherapy treatments. If you have had a phlebectomy you may wish to wait 2-3 days before returning.

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.

Will I be able to fly immediately after my treatment?

In the majority of cases, we recommend that you do not travel on a plane for at least 3 weeks after your varicose vein removal procedure.

After having treatment, you are at an increased risk of developing DVT (Deep vein thrombosis) and travelling on long haul flights over 3 hours can increase the risk further.

Your consultant will be able to advise you on this at your consultation. It will depend  on the severity of the veins removed, the treatment method and the length of the flight.

Can Pregnancy cause Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are very common for women who are pregnant. They can occur as your uterus begins to grow and increases pressure in the veins on your legs.

When you are pregnant the amount of blood in your body increases which then puts your veins under more pressure and as the amount of progesterone in your body rises, this as result then relaxes the walls of your blood vessels.

If you have a family history of varicose veins then this will make you more prone to develop them. If you did not have varicose veins before pregnancy then they are likely to improve once you have given birth but this is not always the case.

If you are pregnancy and suffering from varicose veins we recommend walking regularly to help improve circulation, staying at a good weight, elevating your feet or legs when resting and not standing for long periods of time.

At The Private Clinic we are unable to treat anyone who is currently pregnant however we are happy to discuss your options for treatment once you have given birth, click here to book a consultation.

Can I have my Varicose Veins treated whilst pregnant?

We do not treat patients who are pregnant at The Private Clinic and although the risks are minimal we do not want to risk harming the baby in any way. You will be able to have your varicose veins treated once you have given birth depending on the treatment option.

If you did not have varicose veins before your pregnancy then it is likely that you may see an improvement 3-4 months after giving birth, if you had varicose veins before you were pregnant then it is unlikely that you will see any change and they may become worse in the future.

Click here to find out more about our varicose vein treatments and to book a consultation.

Can I breastfeed after treatment?

We do not advise that you breastfeed after having a varicose vein procedure. EVLA is not reported to have any effect on breastfeeding however the treatment drugs used in other procedures such as sclerotherapy do have the possibility of contaminating the breast milk.

We advise patients to wait until they have stopped breast feeding before going ahead with vein removal treatment.

Click here to find out more about our varicose vein treatments and to book a consultation.

I have Eczema, can I still have treatment?

Eczema is actually sometimes a symptom of varicose veins and any treatment will be fine to be performed. If the eczema was caused by your varicose veins you may find it subsides once the veins have been treated. To book a consultation with our expert vein surgeons click here.

Is there a chance of staining post procedure?

There is a 10% risk of staining after Foam Sclerotherapy treatment and although in most cases the staining does fade over a few months, we are unable to guarantee this.

Click here to find out more about our varicose vein treatments and to book a consultation.

Is it possible to reduce my Varicose Vein symptoms without having treatment?

There are a number of lifestyle changes you can do to ease the symptoms and prevent further varicose veins from appearing. These include; undertaking regular exercise, maintain a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, raising your feet when resting, avoiding tight clothing around the waist and thighs and avoiding long periods of standing or sitting.

In most cases of varicose veins however there is an underlying cause and the only way to lessen the symptoms is to seek treatment to avoid the veins getting worse over time. To talk to one of our experienced vascular surgeons click here.

What is Vein stripping?

At The Private Clinic we do not use (and do not recommend using) vein stripping for the treatment of varicose veins. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) suggest that stripping should no longer be used except in exceptional circumstances, and that minimally-invasive options far outperform the older technique. Simply put, there are much better treatments available.

Vein stripping is a major surgical procedure usually performed under general anaesthesia. Incisions are made either in the groin or behind the knee, through which an instrument is passed to invert and remove the entire length of the vein.

The procedure is not only painful, but also requires unnecessary time off work (anywhere from 14-21 days) and can cause extensive bruising with a lengthy recovery time.

Despite this, 67% of NHS patients are still treated with vein stripping. Local health authorities claim that varicose veins are a cosmetic problem, but at least 40% of patients with varicose veins experience significant discomfort. Varicose vein treatment on the NHS is largely confined to patients with more severe complications like phlebitis and ulcers but, even in these cases, minimally invasive treatments can be a better option than vein stripping.

At The Private Clinic we believe we offer the best options to treat varicose veins, to book a consultation with one of our vascular surgeons click here.

Can I have EVLA treatment if I have previously had my veins stripped?

We commonly perform EVLA treatments on patients who have previously had vein stripping procedures in the past here at The Private Clinic. Contact us today to arrange a consultation with one of expert vascular surgeons.

There is a high recurrence rate associated with vein stripping so a lot of patients come to us to try out an alternative treatment. 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%.

What does ‘Gold Standard’ mean?

The ‘Gold Standard’ is part of a system developed by NICE to grade different procedures, and means that a treatment is one of the best recommended options for that particular condition. NICE guidelines, set up to address the shortcomings of other healthcare grading systems, assess the safety and effectiveness of medical treatments through solid evidence and thorough reports.

Their findings for varicose veins show that the success rate after five years for EVLA is 95.4%, compared to only 75.7% for vein stripping, and their grading decisions are based on statistics like this alongside how invasive the procedure is, possible complications, and recovery periods.

Here at The Private Clinic we favour the gold standard EVLA treatment for all varicose vein patients where suitable. To find out more about our treatments or to book your consultation click here.

Is removing varicose veins safe?

Varicose vein removal is very safe, these veins are not functioning as they should be and as a result affecting your blood circulation. Varicose veins are damaged veins that are simply collecting blood instead of moving it around the body so as they are not performing properly, they are not needed and keeping them could potentially be more of a risk than removing them.

Once removed, other veins in the area will be able to move your blood more effectively without the burden of the under performing veins reversing their hard work.

Our expert vascular surgeons will explain your varicose vein procedure in detail at your consultation including what will happen once the veins have been removed. When you leave The Private Clinic you will feel well informed about the procedure that has taken place and what to expect in the future. Click here to book a consultation with one of our experienced vascular surgeons to find out more.

What is the difference between EVLA and EVLT?

EVLA 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.

Is Varicose Vein treatment available on the NHS?

Due to the cost restrictions on the NHS, treatments for Varicose Veins on the NHS are decided by the severity of your symptoms. A grading system is often used to determine how serious your varicose veins are but in the majority cases your will be advised to try non-surgical options such as compression stockings to help relieve the symptoms.

If your varicose veins are not painful or causing you too much discomfort, then your symptoms will be considered as cosmetic and you’ll be refused treatment with the NHS.

Here at The Private Clinic we do our best to provide quality treatment for all those affected by varicose veins by keeping our prices reasonably affordable for the level of service that you will receive. All of our consultations include a free ultrasound check and all treatments are carried out by highly experienced vascular surgeons.

What is VenaSeal made of?

VenaSeal adhesive is a special type of medical grade super-glue that is commonly referred to as a ‘Cyanoacrylate’.  Cyanoacrylates have been used medically the 1950s and are often used to repair wounds and skin incisions. They are also commonly used in dentistry, ophthalmic surgery, cosmetic procedures and venous treatments.

VenaSeal is very effective at treating varicose veins and is a relatively quick procedure that requires less injections than other varicose vein treatments.

To find out more information about VenaSeal treatment at The Private Clinic, click here to book a consultation with one of our experienced Vascular Surgeons which includes a free ultrasound of your legs.

How does VenaSeal work?

VenaSeal is a very effective treatment for reducing varicose veins. When the VenaSeal glue comes into contact with blood within the vein wall it quickly works to seal the vein shut upon application. The adhesive has soft and elastic properties meaning it will not be detectable post-procedure.

The success rates for VenaSeal treatment are betweeb 94% – 98.9% meaning many patients go on to live a life without varicose veins post-procedure.

The procedure is very quick and has minimal recovery time with no need for compression garments.

To find out more about VenaSeal for varicose veins click here to book a consultation with one of our experienced vascular surgeons.

How much does Varicose Veins cost?

How much does it cost?

A consultation with our expert Consultant Vascular Surgeons are the best place to  determine the most appropriate treatment for you costs £150, which includesfree 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.

  • Phlebectomy prices start from £997 for 1 leg and £1,350 for 2 legs.
  • Foam Sclerotherapy prices start from £950 for 1 leg and £1,750 for 2 legs.
  • EVLA treatment prices start from £2,350.
    In the majority of cases EVLA will be the best method for Varicose vein removal. And with a 95.4% success rate, walk in walk out procedure, it is by far the most popular choice amongst our patients.
  • VenaSeal prices start from £2,960, for more information click here  (Venaseal can be beneficial for the needle phobic and if you do not want to wear support tights following the operation)

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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Does insurance cover Varicose Vein treatment?

Cost restrictions of the NHS mean that getting NHS treatment for Varicose Veins is becoming limited. A grading system is used to determine how serious your symptoms are and in most cases, non-surgical options such as compression stockings are often advised instead.

Many patients are instead turning to private insurance to fund their varicose vein treatment.

Varicose veins are often classed as a cosmetic problem despite the risks they can cause to your circulatory health. Due to this reason, it is often unlikely that insurance will cover the cost of varicose vein treatment.

There are many benefits to self-pay varicose vein treatment including no waiting for authorisations and being declined because you are not severe enough and having a wider choice of treatment options.

To find out more about insurance cover for varicose veins click here.

Is VenaSeal safe?

The VenaSeal adhesive is not known to have any harmful effects to the body and has been approved by the FDA for treatment of symptomatic superficial varicose veins of the legs. The glue has been trialed and tested in other areas of medicine for decades showing it is both safe and effective for use. There is also a greatly reduced risk of nerve damage of skin burns with VenaSeal treatment.

VenaSeal is a great alternative for patients who have a phobia of needles as there are less injections and often no need for a compression garment to be worn either which are not always the most comfortable or practical items to wear for long periods of time.

To find out more about our VenaSeal varicose vein removal procedure click here to book a consultation with our experienced vascular surgeons.

How successful is VenaSeal?

Published clinical studies have shown the VenaSeal to have an initial success rate of 94% – 98.9% 6 months post treatment.  (The eScope study showed closure rate of 94.3% at 6 months and 92.9% at 12 months. The VeClose study showed closure rate of 98.9% at 6 months)

Not only does it have an impressive success rate, VenaSeal treatment for varicose veins also boasts a quick recovery time with no need for compression stockings. To find out more click here to book an appointment with our experienced vascular surgeons.

Is there a varicose vein removal clinic near me?

Where to get varicose vein removal in London?

Our London clinic is located on 98 Harley street, W1G7HZ.

The Private Clinic has clinics nationwide so we are sure to have an expert vascular surgeon located near to you.

Where to get varicose vein treatment in Manchester?

  • Manchester –  25 St John Street, M3 4DT – North West, Greater Manchester

Where to get varicose vein treatment in Birmingham?

  • Birmingham – 88 Hagley Road, B16 8LU – West Midlands

Where to get varicose vein treatment in Leeds?

  • Leeds – 45 Park Square North, LS1 2NP – Yorkshire

Where to get a varicose vein removal in Bristol?

  • Bristol – 92c Whiteladies Road, BS8 2QN – Clifton

Where to get varicose vein removal in Northampton?

  • Northampton – 82 Billing Road, NN1 5DF – East Midlands

Where to get varicose vein treatment in East Sussex?

  • Bexhill – Little Common Road, TN39 4SB – Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex

Where to get varicose vein treatment in Bournemouth?

  • Bournemouth – Beechwood Avenue, BH5 1LX – Dorset, Bournemouth

We also have consulting rooms in Milton Keynes where you can have consultations with one of our patient coordinators.

To find out more about booking a consultation at a clinic near you, contact us here.

What does a free varicose vein consultation mean?

We offer free varicose vein phone or video consultations with our experienced patient coordinators.

Our patient coordinators can provide you with information about our range of varicose vein treatment options and recommend the best vascular surgeon to suit your requirements.

To secure your timed consultation slot, we will ask you to pay a £25 deposit which is refunded once the consultation takes place. You will be able to change your appointment time up to 48 hours before.

Contact us to book a free varicose vein phone or video consultation. 

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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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    Professional, friendly staff and no hard sell. Everything explained in detail before treatment and the literature given to me was very helpful. Lovely patient co-ordinator, thank you Fiona.
    Both treatments carried out to a very high standard – thank you to Mr Kyriakides (EVLA & Phlebectomy) and to Dr Bianchi (Bunion and Hammer toe surgery). Thanks also to Stefan and the nursing team at the Fitzroy Hospital and the nursing team at Harley Street.

    Lynne

    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

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