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Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins 

Here at Mount Stuart Hospital we offer a range of varicose vein treatments for both medical and cosmetic reasons. Our experienced vascular surgeons will discuss with you the best treatment options for your individual needs.

We offer the latest in varicose vein treatment including sclerotherapy and EVLA. These walk in walk out treatments are normally carried out in our outpatient clinics and patients benefit from minimal scarring and pain.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are veins in your leg that have become enlarged, twisted and lumpy. They can be a blue or dark purple colour on your skin. Varicose veins are very common.

How are varicose veins caused?

Veins in the leg contain many one-way valves that are designed to help the upward flow of blood back to your heart. If the valves stop working properly, the blood can flow in the wrong direction. This blood then swells the veins and forms varicose veins.

Varicose veins often run in families and women are more likely to suffer from them. Hormonal factors such as puberty, pregnancy, menopause, the use of birth control pills, and HRT can affect the onset of varicose veins as well as ageing, standing for long periods of time, obesity, and leg injury.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Often the only symptom of a varicose vein is that they are noticeable and their appearance may cause embarrassment.

The most common symptoms of varicose veins include: aching, pain and discomfort, and heaviness of the legs. These are often worse at the end of the day.

Often varicose veins get worse and patients eventually develop ankle swelling, dry skin called varicose eczema and, a stubborn pigmentation around the ankle. Finally, untreated varicose veins may form venous ulcers that are painful, often become infected and are difficult to heal.

Do varicose veins need to be treated?

Varicose veins don’t tend to get better without treatment. Treatment will ease the symptoms of your varicose veins and treat any complications.

Varicose veins can be a purely cosmetic problem with unsightly varicose veins leading to reduced self-esteem. Varicose vein treatment for cosmetic reasons is rarely available on the NHS and many people fail to seek help and live with the embarrassment of the appearance of their legs. At Mount Stuart Hospital we understand the distress that unattractive legs can cause people and we offer varicose vein treatment for both cosmetic and medical reasons.

How are varicose veins treated?

One of our vascular surgeons will advise you on the most suitable treatment for you. This will be based on your general health and the size, position and severity of your veins.

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