Varicose veins appear as enlarged, swollen, twisted or lumpy veins that are most commonly found on the legs or ankles. Often blue or purple in colour, the veins can be painful and can lead to a range of associated problems like swollen feet, dry skin, muscle cramps and leg discomfort.
Veins carry blood towards the heart by allowing the blood to flow upwards against the pull of gravity through a series of muscle contractions and one-way valves. When these valves weaken, they fail to close properly, which allows the blood to flow backwards and cause the vein to bulge.
Left untreated, varicose veins can increase the risk of ulcers, blood clots and other venous diseases. However, although it is not possible to avoid varicose veins, there are procedures designed to reduce or remove them. The Private Clinic is an industry leader in providing patients with gold-standard options that maximise results with minimal side effects and downtime.
Varicose Vein Consultations
Leading Consultant Vascular Surgeon Tahir Hussain MBBS, FRCS, MS (GMC no 324266) will be consulting in our Buckinghamshire clinic. Mr Hussein has received multiple industry awards recognising his outstanding contribution to vascular surgery.
The varicose vein procedure will take place in The Private Clinic’s London Harley Street location. If you would like a consultation in London, please contact us. We can arrange a consultation for you in The Private Clinic’s Harley street clinic, a 5-minute walk from our Devonshire Place clinic.
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
EVLA treatment is a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anaesthetic that uses laser heat to collapse the wall of the vein which will then be gradually absorbed by the body. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) which is a non-departmental public body that encourages the best healthcare practices across the country, names EVLA as the Gold Standard for treating varicose veins.
VenaSeal is a quick and painless treatment that is ideal for patients who may have a needle phobia as it only requires a single injection per vein. Performed under local anaesthetic; a small catheter will be guided through the affected veins using ultrasound imaging. Small amounts of medical grade Sapheon Glue is then dispensed via a VenaSeal tool to close the vein. Once the vein is closed the blood is re-routed to healthy veins deeper within the leg and the original varicose vein is gradually absorbed by the body.
Foam sclerotherapy treatment involves injecting the veins with a solution mixed with air which creates the foam. This foamy substance coats the walls of the veins causing inflammation which results in the blood being pushed out and the vein walls becoming sticky. Eventually the veins will start to shrink and be naturally absorbed by the body. Performed under local anaesthetic this treatment can take as little as 30 minutes.
A Phlebectomy procedure is commonly performed on larger varicose veins that are close to the surface of the skin. The procedure requires small incisions being made on the leg to remove the varicose veins via a hook. The treatment is performed under local anaesthetic and the incisions will not requires stitches.
Varicose Vein treatment costs
Consultations with our surgeons cost £200 which includes a free ultrasound scan of your legs.
EVLA treatment prices start from £2,260 – in the majority of cases, EVLA will be the best method for varicose vein removal. 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.
Foam Sclerotherapy prices start from £950 for one leg and £1,750 for both legs.
Phlebectomy prices start from £997 for 1 leg and £1,350 for both legs.