With the advances in vein treatment, no patient has been offered surgical stripping of the veins for over 8 years. All new techniques involve sealing the veins off from the inside using a needle placed in the vein. This method means we can offer true walk in walk out treatment, staying with us just over an hour. Both methods use ultrasound imaging to ensure that the treatment is well placed and as effective as possible.
Laser or Radiofrequency (VNUS) Treatment
This treatment involves passing a small wire into the faulty veins which have been identified using ultrasound. Then using either heat or a combination of heat and radio waves the veins are closed before the wire is removed. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic and for most patients it takes no longer than 15-20 minutes for a single leg. This has been found to be the most effective long term treatment for varicose veins providing the veins are straight enough for the wire to pass through, there are cases where a vein is simply to “wiggly”
Foam Sclerotherapy Treatment
This technique utilises duplex ultrasound to locate the faulty veins. A tiny puncture is then made in the skin of the knee and the liquid foam is injected. The ultrasound is used to ensure the foam stays within the veins to be treated, these veins then close as the foam affects their lining.Often, the foam will pass into the smaller veins under the skin that you can see but additional injections may be required to deal with these. This procedure is also carried out under local anaesthetic. The long term success of foam alone is not as good as laser or radiofrequency treatment for deeper veins however a technique called Clarivein, involving a probe which assists the action of the foam can be used to improve this.
Most private medical insurance policies will cover the treatment of varicose veins, but also with a range of all inclusive pricing packages, paying for treatment may be more affordable than you thought. Please click here to look at our pricing structure. Alternatively, if you have any questions, contact us.