Spire Norwich Hospital offers varicose vein treatment tailored to your individual needs. With our experienced staff and consultant-led care we will ensure your visit to us is as convenient and comfortable as possible.
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Spire Norwich Hospital's varicose vein service includes:
- a private consultation with our experienced consultant vascular surgeons
- thorough examination and patient history
- a duplex ultrasound vein scan (to accurately map the anatomy and function of your veins)
- no waiting lists
- no GP referral required
- treatment for all, insured or not
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are caused by blood collecting in superficial veins which lie just beneath the skin, often in the legs. These veins have a series of valves which help blood back to the heart, but in some cases the valves become weakened or damaged and no longer close properly.
When this occurs, blood is able to flow backwards; collecting in the vein. This becomes visible on the surface of the skin as a varicose vein. A varicose vein often appears engorged or twisted, and can be a blue or dark purple colour on the skin. Varicose veins do not tend to get better without treatment, and usually get worse with time.
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
The symptoms of varicose veins differ between individuals but can include:
- swelling of the ankles
- blue or purple discolorations under the skin
- aching or discomfort in the legs
- itchiness of the legs
- little or no symptoms at all
What does varicose vein treatment involve?
The traditional surgical procedure involves removing the vein under general anaesthetic, meaning you will be asleep during the procedure. However, advances in technology allow far less invasive treatments which are usually performed under a local anaesthetic.
What treatment options for varicose veins are available at Spire Norwich Hospital?
This new minimally invasive technique for the treatment of varicose veins is less invasive than laser and radiofrequency closure techniques requiring much less local anaesthetic infiltration. All the minimally invasive techniques aim to destroy the intima - the inner lining of the vein. When the intima is destroyed, the vein seals off and turns into fibrous tissue which is gradually absorbed by the body. In the EVLA technique laser energy is used to destroy the intima, while VNUS uses radio frequency energy. ClariVein® uses a combination of mechanical disruption of the intima and chemical injury using a sclerosant solution. The combination of these two methods is a very efficient and painless way of sealing the vein with excellent cosmetic results.
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
Endovenous Laser (EVLA) is a minimally invasive option for the treatment of varicose veins. It is usually performed under local anaesthetic as a day case, without the need for an overnight stay. The procedure involves passing a laser probe through a needle into a vein to seal it from within. Patients describe minimal pain, minimal scarring and a swift return to normal activity.
The radiofrequency technique is a minimally invasive way of treating varicose veins. With this method, a radiofrequency catheter is positioned into the varicose vein through a very small incision (cut) in the skin. The catheter delivers radiofrequency energy to the wall of the varicose vein. As the catheter is withdrawn, the vein wall is heated causing the vein to close.
Ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy
Ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy is a non-surgical option for treating varicose veins. This procedure is usually performed under a local anaesthetic which numbs the affected area during the treatment. The aim is to destroy the vein by injecting a foam preparation into the vein. Usually only one leg is treated per appointment, and more than one treatment is often required.
Cosmetic thread veins
Thread veins are very fine veins that are often visible on the cheeks, nose and legs. They are very common, and can be red, blue or purple in colour. If you are very conscious of thread veins and would like clearer skin, there are a number of options available to treat them. The most common method is injection microsclerotherapy where ultrafine needles are used to introduce a sclerosant solution into the veins to seal them off.
A technique named 'ligation and stripping' is one of the more traditional methods used to remove varicose veins. This involves tying off and removing the affected vein in the leg. The ligation and stripping procedure is usually performed under a general anaesthetic as a day case, however an overnight stay may be required if both legs are treated.
Tailored treatment options will be discussed in more detail during your consultation to determine the most suitable treatment for you.
Varicose vein treatment is available to all. Please contact our customer service advisors at Spire Norwich Hospital on 01603 255 614, or complete our online enquiry form for further information.