Varicose vein treatment at Spire Norwich Hospital

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

At Spire Norwich Hospital, our consultants offer a range of techniques to treat varicose veins – swollen, twisted, dark veins that 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 diagnostic tests and scans
  • Expert, personalised treatments
  • Clear, inclusive pricing
  • Rated 'Good' 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 Norwich Hospital

Spire Norwich Hospital is a well-established private hospital serving patients across Norfolk and East Anglia.

We can treat varicose veins if they’re causing pain or complications, or if you'd like to have them treated for aesthetic reasons.

You can get fast access to one of our expert consultants who’ll provide a treatment and recovery plan that’s tailored to you.

How much does Varicose vein treatment cost at Spire Norwich 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 £190
Treatment price £3,620
Aftercare Included
From price From £3,810
Monthly treatment price

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

£186
Representative example
Loan amount £3,120
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £3,348
Varicose vein treatment (VNUS - one leg) Fees
Initial consultation £190
Treatment price £4,170
Aftercare Included
From price From £4,360
Monthly treatment price

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

£219
Representative example
Loan amount £3,670
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £3,942
Varicose vein treatment (EVLA - both legs) Fees
Initial consultation £190
Treatment price £4,877
Aftercare Included
From price From £5,067
Monthly treatment price

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

£261
Representative example
Loan amount £4,377
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £4,698
Varicose vein treatment (VNUS - both legs) Fees
Initial consultation £190
Treatment price £5,580
Aftercare Included
From price From £5,770
Monthly treatment price

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

£221
Representative example
Loan amount £4,830
Deposit £750
Loan period 24 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £5,304
Varicose vein treatment (surgical - one leg) Fees
Initial consultation £190
Treatment price £3,578
Aftercare Included
From price From £3,768
Monthly treatment price

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

£184
Representative example
Loan amount £3,078
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £3,312
Varicose vein treatment (surgical - both legs) Fees
Initial consultation £190
Treatment price £4,484
Aftercare Included
From price From £4,674
Monthly treatment price

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

£238
Representative example
Loan amount £3,984
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £4,284

The guide price shown is the ‘from price’ and can increase depending on your Consultant and anaesthetist (who are independent practitioners and are not employees of Spire). The price may also vary depending on the type of anaesthetic, implant or drug used, and your medical history.

Spire Norwich 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 Norwich Hospital

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

Our consultants offer a variety of treatments for varicose veins.

The following procedures all use ultrasound imaging to guide your consultant when positioning the injection or catheter (a thin tube through which smaller instruments can be inserted):

  • 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
  • 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

We also offer:

  • ClariVein® – a catheter is inserted into your vein and the end rotates and releases a chemical which seals the vein
  • Sclerotherapy – a special foam is injected into the affected vein which blocks it

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

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Preparing for varicose vein treatment at Spire Norwich Hospital

Getting here

Spire Norwich Hospital is close to the University of East Anglia and just three miles from the city centre. We're approximately three miles from Norwich train station. We have free on-site parking for you and your visitors.

Your consultation

You’ll meet your chosen consultant in one of our private consultation rooms. 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 fitness and overall health before the procedure.

Varicose vein treatment: your procedure

On the day

Once you arrive for your treatment, you’ll meet your consultant again who’ll work with our nurses to get you ready for your procedure.

Depending on the treatment and anaesthetic you’re having, you’ll be taken to an operating theatre, a consulting room or an outpatient treatment room.

The time taken for each procedure ranges from half an hour to an hour or longer if you’re having more veins treated.

Anaesthetic

Most procedures can be performed under local anaesthetic, meaning you won’t be able to feel anything in the area being treated. Alternatively, you may have a general anaesthetic where you’ll be completely asleep.

After your procedure

You can usually go home around three to four hours after your treatment. It may be longer for general anaesthetic and if you’ve had more veins and/or both legs treated.

Occasionally, you may need an overnight stay. If so, you’ll have one of our private, en-suite rooms. All of our rooms have:

  • TV
  • Window
  • Armchair

Q & A

Gary Maytham, Consultant Vascular Surgeon

Talking about varicose veins

Varicose vein treatment: your recovery

You can usually get back to your normal routine straight away after your treatment. However, if you’ve had ligation and stripping, or more veins treated, you may need to take a few days off work and rest. Your consultant may recommend compression stockings which can help improve blood flow while your body heals.

After one to two weeks, you’ll return to the hospital for a follow-up appointment so we can check that you’re recovering well and the treatment has worked.

Your recovery will be personal to you and you should always take your consultant’s advice. Here’s a typical recovery timeline as a guide:

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 Norwich Hospital is situated just off the A47 southern bypass, close to the University of East Anglia and just three miles from the city centre. Norwich is just over 100 miles from London and Stansted Airport is approximately 75 minutes by car.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Norwich Hospital,

Old Watton Road
Colney
Norwich

NR4 7TD

Main Switchboard:  01603 456181

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  01603 255614

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