– Why Treat Varicose Veins? –
You’ll now almost certainly struggle to have your varicose veins treated on the NHS, as treatment is becoming increasingly rationed. This is because this condition is seen by policy makers as “cosmetic” and therefore not suitable for NHS funding.
However there are significant risks of developing complications as a result of varicose veins, and so it makes sense, particularly with modern “walk in, walk out” treatments, to consider the benefits of treatment at RejuvaMed Vein Centre.
Many people are embarrassed by their varicose veins, and this can have a real impact on their lifestyle. They feel that their legs look unattractive or ugly, and are reluctant to wear skirts or dresses, or to take part in summer activities or sport, as they do not wish to wear shorts. The condition can affect body confidence in relationships, and some people are not happy to allow their partner to see their legs. After treatment at RejuvaMed, our patients are invariably delighted by the improvement in appearance of their legs, and this can improve their lives dramatically.
The pain, aching and swelling experienced by many people because of varicose veins may not unfortunately now qualify them for NHS treatment. This often seems very unfair to those who suffer with this condition, as symptoms can greatly affect quality of life, and may even result in someone having to give up their employment. Treatment at RejuvaMed almost always means that these symptoms disappear very quickly.
This is probably the most important reason to come to RejuvaMed for treatment. There is an increased risk of bleeding from swollen, thinned varicose veins if the leg is subjected to even minor trauma. There is also an increased risk of blood clots in both the superficial and deep veins. Over time, a condition called chronic venous insufficiency may develop. Not all people with varicose veins will develop this, but some do. The skin around the ankles and feet darkens and becomes thin. This skin may then ulcerate. These venous ulcers can be very difficult to treat. Treatment at RejvaMed will significantly reduce the risk of developing such ulcers.
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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence NICE) published its guidelines for the management of varicose veins in 2013.
RejuvaMed Vein Centre adheres to these guidelines. The basic principles are:
Anyone with symptomatic varicose veins should be seen in a vascular clinic.
A colour duplex ultrasound scan should be carried out.
Treatment should be by thermal ablation (we use radiofrequency) or foam sclerotherapy.
In almost every case, one of these 2 methods is suitable. It is only in very rare circumstances that surgery in hospital under a general anaesthetic is required.