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Varicose Veins Treatment

Varicose veins do not always require treatment but if they are causing you symptoms or your doctor is worried about any complications that may arise as a result of them, then they may require treatment.

There are various treatments for the condition and the most common ones are as follows:
  • Non-surgical treatment: This basically involves using compression stockings which can improve the circulation in your legs. They can also help with the discomfort you may feel in your legs.
  • Varicose vein surgery: This surgery is typically carried out under a general anaesthetic and simply involves the surgical removal of the varicose veins that are causing the problems.
  • Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy is used to treat thread veins but it also works well for the removal of varicose veins. It simply involves injecting a chemical into the veins which causes them to break down and be absorbed naturally by the body. Click here to read about Sclerotherapy.
  • Laser treatment: This type of treatment does not work well for varicose veins as they are generally too large. Laser treatment is generally more effective on smaller (less than 4mm) thread veins and spider veins.
  • Endovenous laser treatment: This is a recent development in varicose vein treatment and can be used instead of surgery for many people. It is far less invasive than surgical varicose vein removal meaning patients have a much shorter recovery time. A tiny tube is placed into the varicose vein and it applies an accurate burst of laser energy which damages the vein wall causing it to close.
  • Radiofrequency ablation: This is similar to Endovenous laser treatment only that instead of a laser, an electric current is used to damage the vein.

These treatments can generally be carried out on the NHS so you should consult with your GP to check. Some of the less invasive treatments may sometimes only be available with private treatment.

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