Vascular and varicose veins

Diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the arteries and veins.

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Vascular surgery is a specialty dealing with diseases affecting the vascular system including diseases of arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels.

Spire Wellesley Hospital in Southend, Essex, is proud to offer varicose vein treatments that can be tailored to your individual needs, whether you have problems with painful veins or if they are proving unsightly and embarrassing.

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted and unsightly veins, usually on the legs, that look lumpy and bluish through the skin. They happen when the valves in the veins become weak or break, allowing blood to collect in the skin instead of being carried up to the heart. The increased pressure can cause aching and other complications such as eczema, discolouration and leg ulceration.

Smaller veins under the skin are sometimes called spider veins or thread veins, although these are unsightly they are not the same as varicose veins and rarely cause discomfort or complications.

The varicose vein service at Spire Wellesley Hospital, Southend, is run by our team of consultant vascular surgeons using a variety of modern techniques including:

  • VNUS Closure┬«
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Surgical removal (tying and stripping of veins under general anaesthetic)

Before choosing the best treatment for you, an outpatient assessment appointment will be made. It is vital to assess the nature of your varicose veins, how much trouble they are causing you and how best to treat them. Modern techniques mean that many patients can be treated without the need for an overnight hospital stay.

Your legs will be carefully examined and a duplex ultrasound vein scan may be performed to accurately map the anatomy and function of your veins and to determine how best to treat them. This is a painless investigation.

Having obtained all the information required, the consultant will advise the most suitable treatment for your varicose veins and how to achieve the best possible results.

Paying for your own varicose vein treatment?
Private healthcare at Essex's Spire Wellesley private hospital is open to all. If you do not have private medical insurance and would like to cover the cost of your own varicose vein treatment, please call us for more information on 01702 447 926.

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