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 From £175
Treatment £3,282
Aftercare Included
Guide price £3,457
Monthly treatment price

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

£166
Representative example
Loan amount £2,782
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £2,988
Varicose vein treatment (VNUS - one leg) Fees
Initial consultation From £175
Treatment £3,187
Aftercare Included
Guide price £3,362
Monthly treatment price

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

£160
Representative example
Loan amount £2,687
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £2,880
Varicose vein treatment (EVLA - both legs) Fees
Initial consultation From £175
Treatment £4,189
Aftercare Included
Guide price £4,364
Monthly treatment price

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

£220
Representative example
Loan amount £3,689
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £3,960
Varicose vein treatment (VNUS - both legs) Fees
Initial consultation From £175
Treatment £4,064
Aftercare Included
Guide price £4,239
Monthly treatment price

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

£213
Representative example
Loan amount £3,564
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £3,834
Varicose vein treatment (surgical - one leg) Fees
Initial consultation From £175
Treatment £2,492
Aftercare Included
Guide price £2,667
Monthly treatment price

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

£134
Representative example
Loan amount £2,242
Deposit £250
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £2,412
Varicose vein treatment (surgical - both legs) Fees
Initial consultation From £175
Treatment £3,347
Aftercare Included
Guide price £3,522
Monthly treatment price

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

£170
Representative example
Loan amount £2,847
Deposit £500
Loan period 18 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £3,060

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 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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Important information about COVID-19 tests

Spire Norwich 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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