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Tereza asked...

Hi, I have varicose veins and my legs have started swelling a lot, which they never used to do. I do typical things like putting my feet up whenever I can. I experience a lot of pain when I stand for a long time. Can I get a treatment for it? What kind of treatment can I get? And where can I get it? Thank you for your help

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Varicose veins generally appear on the calves of the legs and  may cause aching or throbbing legs.  The veins have a purple colour to them  in the skin and the veins  can bulge and look as if they have lumps within them.  Often  varicose veins do not cause any discomfort and any discomfort felt is not related to the size of the vein, sometimes smaller varicose veins can cause more aching than larger veins.

In the vast majority of cases there is no need to surgically remove varicose veins and surgery is often performed for aesthetic reasons rather than for any clinical need to do so.  The National Health Service and most health insurers will only authorise treatment  for removal of varicose veins if there is a clinical need to remove the veins.

There are a variety of options for the removal or management  of varicose veins.  The correct procedure for  removal of varicose veins depends on a number of factors including size and position of the varicose vein.  Treatment and management options for varicose veins include the following:-   

  • Compression hosiery
  • Foam sclerotherapy
  • Endothermal ablation (includes radiofrequency and endovenous laser treatments)
  • Surgery (stripping and ligation).

Please consult with your General Practitioner as to where the best  treatment option for you can be  obtained from.  Alternatively, please contact your nearest private hospital for the range of treatments that they can offer for varicose vein removal.

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