The McIndoe Centre offers the most advanced and minimally invasive varicose vein treatments across the UK. We offer a range of non-surgical varicose vein treatments, including EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation), Sclerotherapy (Foam and Liquid) and Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy. All treatment options at The McIndoe Centre are minimally invasive and do not require large surgical incisions or the use of general anaesthetic.
Varicose veins can be unsightly, often swollen, enlarged or twisted veins, usually purple and blue in colour. They breach the surface of the skin (commonly found on the lower legs and feet) and can cause discomfort, especially if left untreated. Varicose veins affect up to 3 in 10 adults, with women being more likely to develop them.
The type of varicose veins you have will depend on the surgery route you take. The most common types of varicose veins are:
- Trunk varicose veins: these are near to the surface of the skin and are thick and knobbly. They are usually visible and often long.
- Reticular varicose veins: these are red and are sometimes grouped close together in a network.
- Telangiectasia varicose veins: also known as thread veins or spider veins, these are small clusters of blue or red veins that sometimes appear on your face or legs.
Here at The McIndoe Centre, we specialise in the following three varicose vein treatments:
- Ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy
o A non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment. It is able to effectively treat small to moderate varicose veins. This is an incredibly popular and effective procedure if you’re looking for a non-invasive solution.
- Endovenous laser ablation
o Another highly successful and minimally invasive treatment. EVLA works by heating up the veins (as opposed to stripping them away) with a laser. This heats up the walls of the veins, so that your body can absorb the dead tissue.
o This procedure is used to treat thread veins and spider veins. Fairly similar to ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy, patients will see their veins fade between 2/3 months (depending on the patient and severity of the veins).
More information about these procedures can be found here.
Dr Mo Faris is a leading vascular interventional radiologists who specialises in varicose vein treatments at The McIndoe Centre. If you’d like an expert diagnosis of your varicose veins, or you’d simply like to learn more about the condition, please get in touch with the Helpline. We will happily arrange for you to see Dr Faris to begin your varicose vein treatment.
Varicose vein surgery usually comes with two major benefits: restoring a patient’s confidence in their appearance and eliminating any discomfort the veins had previously caused. Patients have also reported opting for varicose vein removal because they have trouble sleeping. This is because of the discomfort that sometimes comes with having varicose veins. Restless leg syndrome can also occur if varicose veins are present, so by having varicose veins treated, it will can help you sleep easier.
Mobility is also another factor to consider, in that having your varicose veins removed will not only alleviate your discomfort but will see your mobility dramatically improve.
After surgery, you may feel some minor discomfort where your varicose veins were removed. Most patients describe the sensation as a ‘mild burning or stinging’ which is to be expected. You will be asked to wear stockings or bandages for approximately 2 days.
It would be wise to avoid any strenuous activity for a few weeks. This is to prevent any potential swelling or bruising.
There are alternatives to varicose vein surgery, however their effectiveness is not guaranteed. Two of the common alternatives people use are:
- Pills and creams
- Stockings/tight bandages
While pills and creams may reduce aching and provide a short-term fix for discomfort, they will not ultimately eliminate your varicose veins. It’s also important to educate yourself on the potential side effects of using pills and creams for your varicose veins. Stockings and bandages, however, are a safer and trusted alternative. Again, they will not eliminate your veins but they are a vital part of the post-surgery healing process.
Choosing one of our London vein removal specialists couldn’t be easier. Claire Judge and Dr Mo Farris are two of our renowned vein removal specialists and offer a 1-to-1 consultation. In your consultation, we will discuss your medical past, expectations and the procedure process. This will also include your aftercare treatment plan and any other questions or concerns you may have will be answered during the consultation.
If you have any concerns about the surgery, or who will be performing it, you can always call The McIndoe Centre Helpline on 0800 917 4922. Alternatively, if you’d like a consultation feel free to fill out our contact form and we shall get back to you as soon as possible.