Varicose vein treatment at Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park

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

At Spire Edinburgh Hospitals, our consultants offer a range of techniques to treat varicose veins – these swollen, twisted, dark veins develop due to weak valves in your blood vessels.

Varicose veins, which are typically found on the legs or feet, can be treated by closing off and destroying or removing the affected 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 a wide range of treatments
  • 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 Edinburgh

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 with consultant surgeons.

How much does Varicose vein treatment cost at Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park

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. Most insurers will cover treatment for varicose veins if they're causing you complications. However, if you'd like varicose vein treatment for cosmetic reasons and it's not clinically necessary, your insurer may not cover the procedure.

Varicose vein treatment (VNUS - one leg) Fees
Initial consultation from £250
Treatment £3,785
Aftercare Included
Guide price £4,035
Monthly treatment price

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

£196
Representative example
Loan amount £3,285
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £3,528
Varicose vein treatment (VNUS - both legs) Fees
Initial consultation from £250
Treatment £4,310
Aftercare Included
Guide price £4,560
Monthly treatment price

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

£227
Representative example
Loan amount £3,810
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £4,086
Varicose vein treatment (surgical - one leg) Fees
Initial consultation from £250
Treatment £2,655
Aftercare Included
Guide price £2,905
Monthly treatment price

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

£128
Representative example
Loan amount £2,155
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £2,304
Varicose vein treatment (surgical - both legs) Fees
Initial consultation from £250
Treatment £3,850
Aftercare Included
Guide price £4,100
Monthly treatment price

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

£200
Representative example
Loan amount £3,350
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £3,600

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 Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park 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 Edinburgh

Your consultant will assess your varicose veins, general health and your intended outcome in order to recommend the most appropriate treatment for you.

Our consultants offer the following treatments for varicose veins:

  • Radiofrequency ablation (eg Venefit®, also called VNUS closure) – a probe inside a catheter is inserted into the affected vein and uses radiofrequency energy to heat and seal the vein
  • Hook phlebectomy – 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

Your consultant will explain the potential benefits and complications for each procedure before you decide to go ahead.

Preparing for varicose vein treatment at Spire Edinburgh

Getting here

Varicose vein treatment is carried out at Spire Shawfair Park Hospital. The hospital is to the south east of Edinburgh city centre, conveniently located close to the City Bypass and the Royal Infirmary. We have free on-site parking for you and your visitors.

Your consultation

You’ll meet your chosen consultant in a private consultation room. They’ll discuss:

  • The reasons why you’d like treatment
  • Your medical history
  • Which treatment will be best for you
  • How the procedure will be performed and what anaesthetic you’ll need
  • The potential benefits and risks

Your consultant may need you to have additional tests or scans before they can recommend the next steps.

You may also need a pre-operative assessment to check your overall fitness and health before the procedure.

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. All varicose vein procedures are carried out at our Shawfair Park Hospital.

Treatment usually takes between half an hour to an hour. However, it may take longer if you’re having both legs or multiple 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 with local anaesthetic.

After your treatment

Once your consultant has finished, you’ll be able to relax until you’re ready to go home – usually four to six hours after your procedure.

If you’ve had general anaesthetic, you may need to stay overnight.

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 the next steps, including whether you should wear compression stockings and for how long.

We’ll arrange a follow-up appointment six weeks 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

Spire Murrayfield is an approximate 20 minute drive from Edinburgh Airport or 10 minutes from Haymarket train station. Regular buses serve the area well. Spire Shawfair Park is located to the south east of the city centre close to the City Bypass and the Royal Infirmary at 10 Easter Shawfair, Edinburgh, EH22 1FE.

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Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park,

Spire Murrayfield Hospital
122 Corstorphine Road
Edinburgh
EH12 6UD

Main Switchboard:  0131 334 0363

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  0131 316 2507

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Important information about Covid-19 tests

Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park 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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