What's up doc - varicose veins

‘What’s Up Doc’ is a health column in association with The Crawley Observer, which gives you the opportunity to ask questions regarding general health and wellbeing.

Answers are provided weekly from our specialist consultants at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, Surrey. If it’s a long-standing illness or simply a worry which you would like to get off your mind then we would like to help.

This question appeared in The Crawley Observer to readers across Surrey and Sussex. The question and answer is below, as it appeared in the newspaper.

Read the response by Mr Tom Loosemore, consultant vascular surgeon:

I have a varicose vein on my left leg; also I’m 6 weeks pregnant. I would like to know how I can get this treated and if being pregnant would be a problem? Thanks

Varicose veins commonly appear during pregnancy but it sounds from the question that you noticed this varicose vein before your pregnancy.  It would be best to delay any active treatment, surgery or injections, until after baby is born.  During the pregnancy you may find support stockings very helpful in relieving any aching, discomfort or swelling that may occur in the legs.

Treatment for varicose veins isn’t always available on the NHS, but we have a variety of treatments, that can help. Find out how and meet the surgeons at our varicose vein and thread vein information evening.

Our varicose vein information evening is open to anyone from across Surrey, Sussex, and the South East and beyond. The varicose vein information evening will be held within our hospital and will include presentations from our specialist vascular surgeons Mr Gowland-Hopkins and Mr Loosemore.

At Spire Gatwick Park Hospital our specialist consultant vascular surgeons offer a range of treatments for varicose veins. The Spire Gatwick Park vein clinic offers the latest technologies including Endovenous Laser Therapy ( EVLT), Radio-Frequency Ablation (VNUS closure) and foam sclerotherapy.

The event is free but numbers are limited. Please call our treatment enquiry adviser on 01293 778 906, or email gatwickevents@spirehealthcare.com.

Do you need an appointment?

 Mr Tom Loosemore, consultant vascular surgeon,
 offers appointments at Spire Gatwick
 Park on Monday. To book an appointment call 
 01293 778 906 or email  info@spiregatwick.com.

 Find out more about our varicose veins services at
 Spire Gatwick Park Hospital.

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