Early Varicose Veins Surgery Can Deliver Clinical Benefits


Early varicose veins surgery benefits

Varicose veins can be very common, but they can also become very distressing for sufferers, especially if left untreated where they can develop into painful venous leg ulcers. Early intervention taken to treat your varicose veins before they go on to develop more serious complications can bring varicose vein sufferers significant clinical benefits and cost savings. Sadly, venous leg ulcers affect about 1 in 300 adults in the UK today. The symptoms of leg ulcers include open painful sores on the leg that can take months to heal.

Common treatment methods are not enough.varicose veins surgery benefits

A lot of people going to their GP for help with their varicose veins are often just treated with simple compression stockings and delayed surgical intervention. Current medical guidelines on treating varicose veins and venous leg ulcers are in need of revision because early treatment intervention for varicose veins can deliver many clinical benefits and can help to prevent leg ulcers from developing in patients. The cost savings of early varicose veins surgery, to the NHS would be great with an estimated saving of £100 million per year. Early intervention with treating varicose veins through varicose vein surgery leads to faster healing times and a greatly reduced risk of leg ulcers developing or existing leg ulcers returning when compared to the current run of the mill treatment methods.

Faster varicose veins treatment with the Veins Doctor – Dr. Omar

early varicose veins surgeryThe problem with going through the NHS for your varicose veins assessment, diagnosis and treatment is all the waiting around. Currently, the NHS spends around 2% of its budget on treating patients with lower limb wounds, including venous leg ulcers. Current guidelines are to treat patients with compression bandages or stockings to help improve the vein function in the legs. However, varicose vein surgery intervention is often delayed, which results in the patient’s condition becoming worse over time. While there are several varicose vein surgical treatments available on the NHS, you will face a long wait for treatment as waiting lists are long, and appointments are often cancelled, meaning an even longer wait for help, more degradation to the strength and structure of your veins and a worsening of your condition. In addition, treatment methods offered are often out of date like stripping, that are proven to be inefficient with about 80% risk of recurrence and also associated with a great deal of pain and discomfort after the procedure. By coming to the Veins Doctor, Dr Omar, for treatment at an earlier stage you will have better outcomes and an improved quality of life. When treated properly, there is just a tiny 3% chance of recurrence, so you don’t have to live with varicose veins forever. No matter how bad you think your varicose veins are, all of our varicose veins surgeries are conducted under local anaesthesia. This means that you can go directly home or back to work, shopping, etc. immediately after the procedure is completed, walking normally and in complete comfort.

What varicose vein treatments are available?

varicose veins surgeryThere is gentle and efficient surgical treatment available to treat your varicose veins. Treatments include endovenous ablation, which is a keyhole treatment to effectively close off varicose veins. This treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic and involves inserting a small fibre passed through a catheter into the affected vein. A burst of energy is passed through the fibre, which effectively uses heat to seal and kill the vein. Unfortunately, with the NHS this treatment is not usually offered until a patient has been suffering from a leg ulcer for many months. But by getting early intervention with the Veins Doctor – Dr. Omar, and having an assessment done to see if endovenous ablation is a suitable treatment for you, it is possible for you to resolve your condition many months earlier than going through the NHS for treatment. Our clinic has seen better results in patients when performing endovenous ablation to treat varicose veins at an earlier stage. We see patients experience faster healing after treatment and a much greater reduced risk of developing venous leg ulcers or seeing ulcers returning.

Establishing the best course of treatment for you

varicose veins treatmentWhen you come to the Veins Doctor – Dr. Omar for treatment, the first step we take is to give you a Doppler-Ultrasound scan. The scan is very thorough and takes around 40 minutes to complete. We need to take such a thorough scan because there are about 160 anatomical variations of the veins that can cause varicose veins. We don’t want to miss a thing and need to make sure we check the condition of every vein before we can recommend the best varicose vein treatment to suit your individual needs. Based on the results of your Doppler-Ultrasound scan, we then move forward to draw up a treatment plan for you. Your treatment options may vary and can be very different from the next patient coming through our door as there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to treating varicose veins. Your treatment options may include a single method or a combination of the following methods:
  • Endovenous Laser Ablation of the veins (EVLA)
  • Endovenous Microwave Ablation of the veins (EMWA)
  • High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
  • Micro-phlebectomy
  • Transluminal Occlusion Of the Perforators (TRLOP)
  • Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy, and microsclerotherapy
Your first step towards complete varicose vein relief is to contact our friendly team at the Veins Doctor. We will be able to discuss your condition and book you in for a consultation at your nearest clinic. Do not hesitate to contact us today as the sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to enjoy your life free of varicose veins.