When the sun comes out, people are more likely to think of baring their legs to the elements but for some with varicose veins, this can spell worry. Newer treatments available at Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, The Chesterfield, now mean we can bare all this summer.
Varicose veins are very common and affect more than one in three adults, both women and men. Often hereditary in nature, the other main causes are pregnancy, standing for lengthy periods at work, being overweight or having a leg injury. Whilst varicose veins may lead to symptoms such as aching and itching, more often than not, it is the appearance of blue, lumpy veins which is the main reason for seeking surgical treatment.
New NICE guidelines state that the majority of varicose veins can be treated without general anaesthetic and without cuts any bigger than 1-2 millimetres. Sadly the NHS no longer offers treatment for the majority of patients. Treatment is available privately at Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, The Chesterfield, with prices starting at £2488, depending on the treatment type.
South West trained surgeon, Nuffield Health’s Mr William Neary, who has also been an NHS consultant vascular and renal transplant surgeon for nine years, explains that guided treatment results in less discomfort and the outcomes are much improved.
Mr Neary says, “In deciding when to have your veins treated, it is important to know how much they are bothering you. With local anaesthetic and short treatment time needed, recovery is quick and there is minimal bruising, scarring or swelling, so you can both look and feel better sooner. During the consultation, an ultra sound scan will detect the source of the problem and from the size and position, indicate the required treatment. This could be endothermal ablation using a radio-frequency catheter or laser for varicose veins or foam sclerotherapy or a combination. These methods have a 95% success rate. Thread veins in the legs may also be treated by microscleropathy or Veinwave.”
A free varicose vein information evening is being held at The Chesterfield on 5 July. To find out more or to book your place, please ring: 0117 906 4870 or see nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/bristol