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Varicose Veins

Varicose vein surgery can remove varicose veins which are enlarged and twisted veins in the leg affecting both men and women. They tend to run in families and can become worse during pregnancy.


People who stand a lot in their daily life or are required to stand for long periods during work can also develop varicose veins. 


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Veins in the legs contain many one-way valves to help the upward flow of blood back to the heart. If the valves fail to work properly, blood can flow in the wrong direction, causing varicose veins.


What Causes Varicose Veins


Varicose veins can develop when the small valves inside the veins stop functioning properly. In a healthy vein, blood flows smoothly to the heart. The blood is prevented from flowing backwards by a series of tiny valves that open and close to let blood through. If the valves weaken or are damaged, the blood can flow backwards and can collect in the vein, eventually causing it to be swollen and enlarged (varicose).


Certain things can increase your chances of developing varicose veins, such as:



Symptoms Of Varicose Veins


Symptoms which may indicate if you have varicose veins include:

A GP can help you diagnose if you have varicose veins based on the symptoms presented. At the 3fivetwo Group we provide same day appointments at our private GP service.

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Types Of Varicose Veins


There are several types of varicose veins:



Telangiectasia varicose veins are commonly known as thread veins or spider veins, are small clusters of blue or red veins that sometimes appear on your face or legs. They are harmless and, unlike trunk varicose veins, do not bulge underneath the surface of the skin. You may wish to have them treated to improve the cosmetic appearance of the area affected.



Trunk varicose veins are near to the surface of the skin and are thick and knobbly. They are usually visible, often quite long and can look unpleasant.



Reticular varicose veins are red and are sometimes grouped close together in a network. 


Who Is Affected By Varicose Veins?


Varicose veins are a common condition with up to three in 10 adults being affected. Women tend to be more affected than men in general. 


Why Should I Consider Varicose Veins Treatment?


Varicose veins can not only be painful but for many men and women, pronounced varicose veins can affect confidence. 

Varicose veins treatment is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. Varicose vein surgery usually takes between twenty minutes and two and a half hours. 

During your consultation, all aspects of surgery will be discussed with you and you can rest assured that any concerns or questions you have will be answered.

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Treating Varicose Veins


For most people, varicose veins do not present a serious health problem. 


What to expect after treatment:


After your treatment at Kingsbridge Private Hospital you should no longer have varicose veins, and any symptoms you had should be improved. Varicose vein surgery should also help prevent complications that varicose veins may cause and the general appearance of the area where the varicose veins were present.


Alternatives To Varicose Veins Treatment?


There are other varicose veins treatments available such as injections, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) or endovenous laser ablation (EVLA). At your appointment, our Consultant will discuss any of these options with you and advise you on the best course of treatment for your individual needs. 

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If you would like to book an appointment or require further information on the options available to you, please do not hesitate to contact our private patient booking team on the details above.