Find Out How to Get Rid of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are estimated to affect at least a third of the UK population. While generally not considered life-threatening, varicose veins can cause pain, and discomfort and negatively impact self-esteem. We have put together a list of the top 3 non-surgical treatment options available for varicose veins.

What are Varicose Veins?

Firstly, what are varicose veins? In a healthy vein, blood is carried smoothly and in one direction to the heart. The blood is prevented from flowing backward by a series of tiny valves. But if the valves are weakened or damaged blood can begin to flow backward and collect in the vein, causing it to become swollen and enlarged. These are known as varicose veins. They are most commonly found on the legs and are not considered a medical emergency in most cases.

What are the Best Treatment Options for Varicose Veins?

Lifestyle Changes

Adopting certain lifestyle changes can help prevent existing varicose veins from worsening and relieve several of the common symptoms. Regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, wearing compression stockings, and elevating your legs when you are sitting are just some of the ways to tackle pain and discomfort. These changes can also take pressure off the veins and increase blood flow.

Endovenous Laser Treatment

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends the use of Endothermal Ablation, usually via radiofrequency or laser ablation, to treat varicose veins. This is a minimally invasive procedure that uses laser energy to close off the affected vein. A small incision is made in the skin, and a thin laser fiber is inserted into the vein. The laser energy heats up the vein, causing it to collapse and eventually disappear.

Sclerotherapy

If laser treatment is deemed unsuitable, NICE recommends the use of ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy. This is also a minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting a solution into the affected vein, causing it to collapse and eventually disappear. Sclerotherapy can be performed in an outpatient setting without anaesthesia.

Why Chose the Non-Surgical Option?

Overall, less invasive treatment methods for varicose veins are safer than traditional surgery. Due to the fact only a small incision is made in the skin, there are fewer risks, it is less painful and patients have a shorter recovery time.

A NICE study into the efficacy of Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) reported that at 6 months, 93.2% of treated veins were obliterated. Further research reported high satisfaction rates with the procedure with less than 5% of patients continuing to have symptoms such as pain and noticeable veins.

If deemed suitable, combining RFA with Sclerotherapy can produce optimum results.

The best treatment option for you will depend on the severity of your varicose veins and your overall health. It’s important to consult with a medical specialist to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs.

La Belle Forme offers minimally invasive varicose vein treatments with GMC accredited vascular surgeon, Craig Forrest. Both Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy and Radiofrequency Ablation are available at our Clinic.

Get in touch to book a consultation with a specialist today.