Varicose vein treatment at Spire Cardiff Hospital

A variety of methods to treat unsightly and painful varicose veins.

At Spire Cardiff Hospital, we offer some of the latest techniques to treat varicose veins. They're swollen, twisted, dark veins that develop due to weak valves in your blood vessels and are commonly found on the legs or feet.

Treatment for varicose veins involves closing off and destroying or removing the veins.

Sometimes also called

  • Endothermal ablation
  • Ligation and stripping
  • Endovenous laser treatment
  • Radiofrequency ablation

The procedure(s) listed above are examples only and may not be available at all Spire hospitals.


At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    Same day discharge or 1 night

  • Procedure duration
    45-90 minutes

  • Type of anaesthetic
    General, spinal, epidural, or local

  • Available to self-pay?
    Yes

  • Covered by health insurance?
    Yes

Why Spire?

  • Fast access to treatment when you need it
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Clear pricing with no hidden charges

By Wallace Health I Medically reviewed by Adrian Roberts.
Page last reviewed: October 2018 I Next review due: October 2021

Varicose vein treatment: what to expect at Spire Cardiff Hospital

At Spire Cardiff Hospital, we’re proud to be the largest, modern provider of private hospital care in Wales.

If varicose veins are causing you pain or complications, or you’d like them removed for cosmetic reasons, we have a choice of consultants who can provide a treatment that’s personalised to your needs.

We offer fast access to consultations and treatments, in a clean, comfortable environment.

How much does Varicose vein treatment cost at Spire Cardiff Hospital

It's a common operation to have done privately, and our inclusive prices and access to payment plans make it easy and more affordable, even if you don’t have medical insurance.

Varicose vein treatment (VNUS - one leg) Fees
Initial consultation From £150
Treatment £3,058
Aftercare Included
Guide price £3,208
Monthly treatment price

(Loan applicable to the treatment cost and excludes the initial consultation)

£153
Representative example
Loan amount £2,558
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £2,754
Varicose vein treatment (VNUS - both legs) Fees
Initial consultation From £150
Treatment £3,357
Aftercare Included
Guide price £3,507
Monthly treatment price

(Loan applicable to the treatment cost and excludes the initial consultation)

£170
Representative example
Loan amount £2,857
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £3,060
Varicose vein treatment (surgical - one leg) Fees
Initial consultation From £150
Treatment £2,305
Aftercare Included
Guide price £2,455
Monthly treatment price

(Loan applicable to the treatment cost and excludes the initial consultation)

£122
Representative example
Loan amount £2,055
Deposit £250
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £2,196
Varicose vein treatment (surgical - both legs) Fees
Initial consultation From £150
Treatment £3,773
Aftercare Included
Guide price £3,923
Monthly treatment price

(Loan applicable to the treatment cost and excludes the initial consultation)

£195
Representative example
Loan amount £3,273
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £3,510

The guide price displayed shows what most patients who pay for their own treatment should expect to pay for treatment. The price may vary depending on Consultant, type of anaesthetic, implant or drug used, and may also vary due to your medical history.

Spire Cardiff Hospital can provide you with a single, fixed price so there are no surprises. Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price when paying for yourself. Finance options are available through our partner Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd, 10 Norwich Street, London, EC4A 1BD.

Procedures offered for varicose vein treatment at Spire Cardiff Hospital

Your consultant will recommend a treatment based on the type of varicose veins you have, your general health and your desired outcome.

We have a range of treatments available. All have their own potential benefits and risks which your consultant will discuss with you.

Preparing for varicose vein treatment at Spire Cardiff Hospital

Coming into hospital

Spire Cardiff Hospital is located a short distance from Junction 30 of the M4 and is well signposted. There’s free parking available for you and your visitors.

Meeting your consultant

Your appointment will take place in one of our consultation rooms. Your consultant will discuss:

  • Your symptoms or reasons for wanting treatment
  • Your general health and medical history
  • If they recommend any additional tests or scans to help plan your treatment
  • Your treatment and recovery plan
  • What the treatment involves, along with potential benefits and risks
  • The anaesthetic you’ll require

You may also need a pre-operative assessment before going ahead with treatment. This is to ensure you're fit and well enough for surgery.

Varicose vein treatment: your procedure

When you arrive at hospital, your consultant and a nurse will get you ready for your treatment. Subject to which procedure and anaesthetic you’re having, it will take place in an operating theatre or a day surgery theatre.

Treatment usually takes between half an hour to an hour. However, it may take longer if you’re having both legs or many veins treated.

Anaesthetic

So that you won’t feel any pain during the procedure, you’ll have either:

  • A general anaesthetic – where you’ll be asleep
  • A local anaesthetic – so the area being treated will be numb

For ligation and stripping, which is a surgical procedure to treat varicose veins, you’ll probably have general anaesthetic. All other treatments are usually performed using local anaesthetic.

After your treatment

Once your consultant has finished, you’ll be able to relax in an ambulatory care unit until you’re ready to go home – usually a few hours after your procedure.

If you’ve had general anaesthetic, you may need to stay overnight. If you do, you’ll stay in one of our private, en-suite rooms which have:

  • TV
  • Window
  • Armchair
  • En-suite

Q & A

Gary Maytham, Consultant Vascular Surgeon

Talking about varicose veins

Varicose vein treatment: your recovery

Most people can resume normal activities immediately after varicose vein surgery. For ligation and stripping, you may need to rest and take some time off work before gently returning back to your normal routine.

Your consultant may advise that you wear compression stockings for up to a week.

You’ll return to the hospital for a check-up appointment after your procedure, so we can ensure that you’re healing as expected and your veins have improved.

Although everyone’s different and you should always follow your consultant’s advice, here’s a typical recovery timeline:

0-1 days

Leave hospital

1 week

Stop wearing compression stockings and back to most normal activities

2-4 weeks

Aching should stop

4 weeks

Full recovery for open surgery techniques

  • 0-1 days


    Leave hospital

  • 1 week


    Stop wearing compression stockings and back to most normal activities

  • 2-4 weeks


    Aching should stop

  • 4 weeks


    Full recovery for open surgery techniques

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.

How to get to us

We're a 15 minute taxi ride from Cardiff Central railway station.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Cardiff Hospital,

Croescadarn Road
Pontprennau
Cardiff
CF23 8XL

Main Switchboard:  02920 735 515

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  02920 542 509

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Spire Cardiff Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.

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