Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and swollen, most commonly visible on the legs. These are usually visible just underneath the skin, often looking blue or purple in colour and can sometimes appear lumpy, bulging or twisted.
Although not uncommon, some people find varicose veins affects their confidence and prevents them from wearing certain items of clothing.
Effective treatment that’s right for you
At KIMS Hospital we work with expert vascular Consultants, who can support you with a range of safe and effective varicose vein removal treatments to help you make a decision.
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What causes varicose veins?
A healthy vein allows blood to flow forward smoothly towards the heart. The small valves on the inside of the vein walls prevent blood from flowing backwards. When these valves become faulty, or stop working altogether, blood can flow backwards, collecting in the vein and causing it to expand. It is these expanded veins that create varicose veins.
What are the main symptoms?
The main symptoms for varicose veins are usually just visual, with a lumpy, twisted or bulging look under the skin.
However, the skin over the vein can also be dry and itchy, and some people may experience an aching, heavy feelings or a burning or throbbing sensation in the leg. This can cause muscle cramps and swollen feet or ankles.
What does the procedure involve?
We offer radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins. This is a minimally invasive procedure usually carried out under local anaesthetic. A very small tube called a “catheter” is inserted into the vein using ultrasound guidance so that the vein can be closed using heat by an electrical current (radiofrequency ablation) to the vein wall. This causes the vein to shrink and close.
What if treatment isn’t required after a consultation?
If you and your Consultant decide treatment is not suitable for you, you will only need to pay the consultation fee and any scans or tests you have had until that point.
How long do I need to stay in hospital for?
Almost all patients are able to go home the same day of treatment but your Consultant will be able to discuss this with you during your consultation.
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