Varicose veins are a common condition which affect up to 3 in 10 adults, with women being more likely to develop them than men. They appear as blueish, swollen, enlarged or twisted veins just beneath the surface of the skin. Although any vein in the body can become varicose, they most commonly develop in the legs and feet, particularly in the calves.
There are several types of varicose veins including:
- Trunk varicose veins – these are near to the surface of the skin and are thick and knobbly; they are usually visible, often quite long, and can look unpleasant
- 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.
Varicose veins develop when the small valves inside the veins stop working properly, preventing blood from flowing smoothly to the heart. This will cause the valves to weaken or become damaged, causing the blood to flow backwards and pool in the vein, eventually causing it to become varicose.
Varicose veins generally continue to grow in size over time and can result in substantial pain and complications, if not treated. Symptoms can include: Leg pain or heaviness; rope-like bulging just beneath the skin; swelling, itching or burning: throbbing or cramping at night. The good news is Cooden Veins is at hand to offer a range of pioneering, non-surgical treatments, which will quickly relieve any pain and unsightly concerns caused by problematic veins.
One of the main risk factors for varicose veins is reported to be either prolonged sitting or standing. Other factors include; pregnancy, being overweight, old age and if your parents had them. Symptoms include aching, heavy and uncomfortable legs, swollen feet and ankles, muscle cramping, dry skin and colour changes in the lower leg.
The veins that turn varicose aren’t actually necessary to your body’s circulatory system, which is why it is possible to treat them without harming your body.
At The Cooden Medical Group our aim is to permanently remove the underlying cause as well as the visible symptoms offering a reduction in the possibility of a recurrence of the same problem in the long term.
Varicose Vein Treatments
Your expert Consultants will guide you through every step of the way from consultation to treatment, to develop the very best treatment plan to suit your specific needs. All of our treatments are delivered in our state-of-the-art facility, and best of all, most are quick and easy so you can walk in and walk out, on the same day, with a newfound confidence.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does my GP have to refer me?
You do not need a GP referral, you can book straight in for a consultation. However, if you have private medical insurance you may wish to contact them to ensure you are covered for this procedure as they may ask you visit your GP before undergoing treatment .
How quickly can I book in for treatment?
After your consultation you can book in for your treatment in as little as a weeks time, however this is dependent on availability, most people book for treatment within 4-6 weeks. It is generally busier during the cooler months because it is easier to wear the stockings and avoiding sun exposure post procedure.
Is the procedure done under a general or local anaesthetic?
All of our vein procedures are performed under a local anaesthetic, this means a local anaesthetic is injected around the vein being treated so that you do not feel any pain. You will be awake during the procedure, the advantage of this is that the recovery time is much quicker.
How long does the procedure take?
Procedures usually take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half depending on what treatment you have.
Will I be in pain after the procedure?
Pain post procedure is uncommon and is very individual. Some people experience little or no discomfort, where as some people say they needed to take pain killers to help. Paracetamol can be taken post procedure if needed.
Will I have to wear stockings & how long for?
Yes full length compression stockings will need to be worn continuously for 1 week post procedure and daytime only the following week. However specific timings may be advised by your consultant specifically for you.
How much does varicose veins treatment cost?
The cost is dependent on how many veins need treating and what treatment is required. The cost of your treatment will be discussed and agreed with you following your initial consultation which includes a full vein assessment with ultrasound by one of our expert consultants. The typical costs to give you an idea are:
- Consultation - £200
- EVLA - from £2250
- Foam sclerotherapy - from £600
- Microsclerotherapy - from £250
Can I go through my medical insurance company?
We are registered with all of the major insurance companies but please ensure you contact your insurer prior to undergoing any treatment.