Varicose vein treatment at Spire Cheshire Hospital

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

At Spire Cheshire Hospital, we offer a range of techniques to treat varicose veins.

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted, dark veins usually found in your legs or feet that develop due to weak valves in your blood vessels. Treatment 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
  • Internationally and nationally renowned consultants
  • Flexible payment options to make it easy and more affordable
  • Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission

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 Chesire

At Spire Cheshire, we provide high-quality treatments for our patients and are extremely proud to be rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for our private hospital care.

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 Cheshire 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 (EVLA - one leg) Fees
Initial consultation from £150
Treatment £2,190
Aftercare Included
Guide price £2,340
Monthly treatment price

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

£116
Representative example
Loan amount £1,940
Deposit £250
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £2,088
Varicose vein treatment (EVLA - both legs) Fees
Initial consultation from £150
Treatment £3,305
Aftercare Included
Guide price £3,455
Monthly treatment price

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

£167
Representative example
Loan amount £2,805
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £3,006
Varicose vein treatment (surgical - one leg) Fees
Initial consultation from £150
Treatment £2,545
Aftercare Included
Guide price £2,695
Monthly treatment price

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

£122
Representative example
Loan amount £2,045
Deposit £500
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 £3,550
Aftercare Included
Guide price £3,700
Monthly treatment price

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

£182
Representative example
Loan amount £3,050
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £3,276

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 Cheshire 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 Chesire

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.

We offer:

  • Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) – a tiny laser inside a catheter is inserted into the affected vein which emits bursts of energy to heat and seal the vein
  • Hook phlebectomy or microphlebectomy – small incisions are made close to the vein and a hook-shaped instrument is used to remove the affected veins through the incisions
  • Ligation and stripping – a surgical procedure to remove the veins

Preparing for varicose vein treatment at Spire Chesire

Coming into hospital

Spire Cheshire Hospital is located just off junction 10 of the M56 on the A49 to Warrington. Public transport options are available. 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

On the day

One of our nurses and your consultant will meet you on arrival and get you prepared for your treatment. You’ll be taken to an operating theatre, day surgery theatre or a consulting room.

Where you’ll be treated depends on what treatment you’re having and what kind of anaesthetic you’ll need.

The procedure will take between 30 minutes to an hour but may be longer if you’re having a lot of veins and/or both legs treated.

Anaesthetic

The anaesthetic required varies depending on the procedure you’re having and your overall health. Most procedures are performed using local anaesthetic (so the area being treated will be numb). However, sometimes it may be necessary to have a general anaesthetic, for instance it’s often needed for ligation and stripping which is a surgical procedure for treating varicose veins.

After treatment

You can usually go home a few hours after your procedure. You'll be taken to relax in our out-patient recovery room before going home when you're ready

You may require an overnight stay, particularly if you’ve had a general anaesthetic. If so, you’ll have your own room which will have:

  • TV
  • Internet access
  • Adjustable table

Q & A

Gary Maytham, Consultant Vascular Surgeon

Talking about varicose veins

Varicose vein treatment: your recovery

After you leave hospital, you may need to take some time off work while you recover. However, most people can carry on with their normal routine without any problems. Your consultant will advise you on what’s best, including whether you should wear compression stockings and for how long.

We’ll arrange a follow-up appointment seven to 10 days after your procedure to check that you're recovering as expected and assess how the treatment went.

Here’s a typical recovery timeline, although you should always follow your consultant’s advice and bear in mind that everybody is different:

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 offer the latest techniques to treat varicose veins – swollen, twisted, purple or dark blue veins that are common on legs and feet.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Cheshire Hospital,

Fir Tree Close
Stretton
Warrington
Cheshire
WA4 4LU

Main Switchboard:  01925 265000

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  01925 215029

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