Varicose Veins Removal

    • Treatment for painful, itchy and unslightly leg veins
    • Offering the latest techniques in varicose veins treatment
    • Team of leading vascular surgeons
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Are you troubled with painful, itchy leg veins or simply fed up with their unsightly appearance? At Kingsbridge Private Hospital our team of Vascular Surgeons are here to help.

Varicose vein surgery can remove varicose veins which are enlarged and twisted veins in the leg affecting both men and women. They tend to run in families and can become worse during pregnancy.

People who stand a lot in their daily life or are required to stand for long periods during work can also develop varicose veins. 

Research shows that varicose veins affect about one third of people at some point in their life.

15-20% of adults in the UK have bulging varicose veins while 15-20% have hidden varicose veins. In most cases there is no obvious cause and the condition is rarely associated with any serious illness. There is thought to be a genetic tendency involving some degree of inherited weakness in the vein wall. 

There are various factors which are often thought to be associated with varicose veins.

Varicose Veins: The Risk Factors

  • Getting older - valves get weaker
  • Being female - possibly because hormones can relax the vein walls
  • Pregnancy - increases amount of blood in body, but decreases flow from the legs
  • Being overweight - puts more pressure on the veins
  • Long periods of time standing - veins have to work harder against gravity
  • Sitting for long periods - leads to poor circulation

If you would like to book an appointment in complete confidence or require further information on the available options, please do not hesitate to contact our private patient booking team via our online enquiry form.  Alternatively, email info@kingsbridgeprivatehospital.com  or call our Cardiac Investigations Team using the relevant number below.
 

  • NI enquiries - 028 906 67878
  • ROI enquiries - 071 916 2649

The Causes Of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can develop when the small valves inside the veins stop functioning properly. In a healthy vein, blood flows smoothly to the heart. There are two main types of veins in your legs:

  • Superficial veins – these lie under your skin and include the long and short saphenous veins
  • Deep veins

When blood doesn't flow properly from the superficial veins to your deep veins, pressure can build up and varicose veins can occur, this is due to valves in the leg or pelvic veins not working properly. 

Valves are designed to let blood flow one way. The blood is prevented from flowing backwards by a series of tiny valves that open and close to let blood through. However, if the valves are damaged or weakened then blood may not flow correctly and can collect in the vein, eventually causing it to be swollen and enlarged (varicose) becoming visible.

 


Managing Varicose Veins Without Surgery

The following activities can help ease the symptoms of varicose veins:

  • Avoid standing or sitting still for long periods, move around every half hour or so
  • Regular exercise can improve the circulation and help lose weight
  • Raise the lower leg on pillows or a stool while resting
  • Consider compression stockings after medical advice 

Whilst these activities may help some patients and ease their condition, varicose veins will not go away without treatment and symptomatic varicose veins tend to get worse with time. Possible complications can include inflammation (thrombophlebitis), swelling, skin discolouration and bleeding. 

It has been proven that earlier treatment of symptomatic varicose veins produces a better clinical outcome and cosmetic results.

 


Symptoms Of Varicose Veins

Symptoms of varicose veins can vary from person to person. Some people don't have any symptoms at all. If you do have symptoms, they may include:

  • Aching, heavy, uncomfortable or throbbing legs
  • Itchy or restless legs
  • Swollen feet and ankles
  • Lumps or bulging veins 
  • Muscle cramp in the legs

These symptoms may be caused by problems other than varicose veins. A GP can help you diagnose if you have varicose veins based on the symptoms presented. At Kingsbridge Hospital we provide same day appointments at our private GP service.


Complications Caused By Varicose Veins

Complications of varicose veins include the following:

  • Thrombophlebitis – your superficial veins can become painful and red due to inflammation or a blockage in your veins
  • Bleeding – your varicose veins can bleed if you cut or bump your leg
  • Varicose eczema – your skin can become brown or purple which can often become permanent
  • Venous ulcers – you can get ulcers when fluid leaks out of the varicose vein into the surrounding tissue

How Are Varicose Veins Diagnosed?

Varicose veins are easy to see in your leg. However, to work out the position and extent of any valve damage, your doctor at Kingsbridge Private Hospital Belfast may perform the following tests.

A Doppler test

This is an ultrasound technique that uses sound waves to produce an image of the inside of your leg. It will give your doctor information about the direction of blood flow in your vein and whether your valves are working properly.

An ultrasound scan (duplex)

This will allow your doctor to examine your deep veins in detail.

If you would like to book an appointment in complete confidence or require further information on the available options, please do not hesitate to contact our private patient booking team via our online enquiry form.  Alternatively, email info@kingsbridgeprivatehospital.com  or call our Cardiac Investigations Team using the relevant number below.
 

  • NI enquiries - 028 906 67878
  • ROI enquiries - 071 916 2649

Types Of Varicose Veins

Telangiectasia varicose veins

Telangiectasia varicose veins are commonly known as thread veins or spider veins, are small clusters of blue or red veins that sometimes appear on your face or legs. They are harmless and, unlike trunk varicose veins, do not bulge underneath the surface of the skin. You may wish to have them treated to improve the cosmetic appearance of the area affected.


Trunk varicose veins

Trunk varicose veins 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 

Reticular varicose veins are red and are sometimes grouped close together in a network


Do You Need Treatment For Varicose Veins?

In the past varicose veins were only treated if they were really causing problems.  Since 2013, however, new guidance from NICE says that all patients suffering from varicose veins and who are experiencing discomfort (itching, swelling, aching, heaviness) or visual signs (pigmentation, eczema, leg ulcers) should be referred to a vascular consultant.

Varicose veins can not only be painful but for many men and women, pronounced varicose veins can affect confidence. 

Varicose veins treatment is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. Varicose vein surgery usually takes between twenty minutes and two and a half hours. 

If your varicose veins don't cause you any discomfort, you may decide not to have any treatment. If your veins do cause discomfort or if you want treatment for cosmetic reasons, then our surgeons at Kingsbridge Private Hospital offer the latest techniques in varicose veins treatment.

During your consultation, all aspects of surgery will be discussed with you and you can rest assured that any concerns or questions you have will be answered.


How Are Varicose Veins Treated?

If your varicose veins don't cause you any discomfort, you may decide not to have any treatment. However, if your veins do cause you discomfort or if you want treatment for cosmetic reasons then our surgeons at Kingsbridge Private Hospital offer the latest techniques in varicose veins treatment.

Pathway 1 - Non-Surgical Treatment for Varicose Veins

There are a number of modern techniques used to treat varicose veins. This involves the closure of the veins using injected foam or applied heat energy through a small skin incision. These techniques have the advantage in that they can be carried out under local anaesthetic and rarely require overnight stay. Most patients will be able to walk immediately afterwards and can resume normal activities in 1 to 2 days. 

 These treatments include:

  • VNUS Closure Procedure using radiofrequency energy
  • Ultrasound guided Foam Sclerotherapy
  • Microsclerotherapy for thread veins 

Pathway 2 – Surgical Treatment for Varicose Veins

Larger veins often require surgical removal under general or spinal anaesthesia. Depending on the extent of your veins and your occupation, you may need to take between one to two weeks off work to recover. 

In surgery, superficial veins that have become varicose veins are removed. The veins that are situated deep within your legs will take over the role of the damaged veins.

There are many types of operation depending on which veins need treated. Your surgeon at Kingsbridge Private Hospital will provide you with advice on which operation is best for you.

A common operation is ligation and stripping. In this operation, your surgeon will tie off the faulty vein to stop any blood flowing through it and then remove it. You may have phlebectomy with ligation and stripping to remove the smaller surface veins that lie under your skin. In this operation, your surgeon will use hooks to pull out your varicose veins through small cuts in your leg.

Although many people won't need any further treatment after surgery, it’s possible that new varicose veins can form.

Please note that all your options will be discussed in depth at your consultation with our experienced Vascular Consultants. We provide a full assessment service with clinical examination and ultrasound. 

If you would like to book an appointment in complete confidence or require further information on the available options, please do not hesitate to contact our private patient booking team via our online enquiry form.  Alternatively, email info@kingsbridgeprivatehospital.com  or call our Cardiac Investigations Team using the relevant number below.
 

  • NI enquiries - 028 906 67878
  • ROI enquiries - 071 916 2649

What To Expect After Varicose Vein Treatment

After your treatment at Kingsbridge Private Hospital you should no longer have varicose veins, and any symptoms you had should be improved. Varicose vein surgery should also help prevent complications that varicose veins may cause and the general appearance of the area where the varicose veins were present.

 


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Varicose Vein Clinic at Kingsbridge Private Hospital Sligo

We offer one the latest treatment available for varicose veins, Radio Frequency Ablation from ClosureFast, with leading vascular consultant Prof. Tubassam.

This minimally invasive, walk-in/walk-out procedure can be performed under local anesthetic with no surgical incision resulting in less pain, less bruising and a faster recovery time.

So why wait?

Call us (071) 916 2649 or email sligo@kingsbridgeprivatehospital.com to book your consultation

The ClosureFast procedure frequently asked questions

Q: Is the ClosureFast procedure painful?
A: Most patients report feeling little, if any, pain during the ClosureFast procedure. Your physician should give you a local or regional anesthetic to numb the treatment area.

Q: How quickly can I resume normal activity?
A: Patients treated with the ClosureFast procedure may resume normal activities more quickly than patients who undergo surgical vein stripping or laser ablation. With the ClosureFast procedure, the average patient typically resumes normal activities within a few days. For a few weeks following the treatment, your vein specialist may recommend a regular walking regimen and suggest you refrain from very strenuous activities (heavy lifting, for example) or prolonged periods of standing.

Q: How soon after treatment will my symptoms improve?
A: Most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms within one to two weeks following the procedure.

Q: Is there any scarring, bruising, or swelling after the procedure?
A: Most patients report limited to no scarring, bruising, or swelling following the ClosureFast procedure using the ClosureFast™ catheter.

Q: How is the ClosureFast procedure different from endovenous laser?
A: Although the ClosureFast procedure and 980 nm endovenous laser ablation are both minimally invasive procedures, a comparative, multicenter study showed that the ClosureFast procedure was associated with statistically significant lower rates of pain, bruising, and complications. Patients undergoing the ClosureFast procedure also reported improvements in quality of life measures up to four times faster than patients treated with 980 nm endovenous laser ablation.

Q: How is the ClosureFast procedure different from vein stripping?
A: During vein stripping, incisions are made in the groin and calf, and a tool is threaded through the diseased vein to pull the vein out of the leg. With the ClosureFast procedure, only one small incision is made at the insertion site and the vein is then treated and left in place. This minimally invasive approach reduces the likelihood of pain and bruising associated with vein stripping surgery. If so, you may be suffering from chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). More than 30 million people are affected by varicose veins or CVI in the U.S., with only 1.9 million seeking treatment annually, leaving the vast majority undiagnosed and untreated. Without treatment, those with the disease may experience progressive symptoms, such as swollen legs, skin damage and/or ulcers that can be debilitating and significantly impact their quality of life. Fortunately, with proper treatment, that outcome is preventable.


If you would like to book an appointment in complete confidence or require further information on the available options, please do not hesitate to contact our private patient booking team via our online enquiry form.  Alternatively, email info@kingsbridgeprivatehospital.com  or call our Cardiac Investigations Team using the relevant number below.
 

  • NI enquiries - 028 906 67878
  • ROI enquiries - 071 916 2649

Treatment Locations

Kingsbridge Private Hospital

811-815 Lisburn Road,
Belfast

Kingsbridge Private Hospital Sligo

Ray MacSharry Road,
Gardenhill, Sligo, Co. Sligo

Healthcare Professionals & Consultants

Mr Alastair Lewis

Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon

Mr Colin Weir

Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon

Miss Julie Reid

Consultant Vascular Surgeon

Professor Mark E. O'Donnell

Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon

Mr Muhammad Tubbassam

Consultant Vascular Surgeon

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Patient Testimonials

"Amazing 5-star hospital.  Have had other surgery here before on my back.
Yesterday's was a neck disc replacement operation.  I would highly recommend this hospital like a hotel manner. Thanks again guys." Mr Phillips, Kingsbridge Patient
"As hospitals go this one is pretty amazing! Had surgery with Mr Molloy at the end of October and have another one the end of this month. Mr Molloy is a gentleman who puts you at ease right away and ensured my last procedure went smoothly! From start to finish all the hospital staff go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. The facilities are brilliant with the rooms spacious and modern to recover in. Keep up the good work!" Ms Roulston, Kingsbridge Patient
"Can’t praise Kingsbridge Private Hospital enough!! I had an operation a couple of weeks ago and I was so well looked after. My surgeon Mr Rashid was fantastic, and the nursing staff was also fabulous. I found they communicated very well to each other, so everyone knew when my meds were due, my allergies etc. They were so kind, so lovely, constantly checked to see how I was i.e. my temperature etc. The food was fabulous and the catering staff very helpful having had an operation were very happy to accommodate ... Thank you to all!" Ms Cheong, Kingsbridge Patient
"Currently just back from recovery on the ward. I have just had ACL reconstructive surgery on my left knee. What can I say? This place is brilliant. I arrived at 8.35am, taken to the ward at 8.45am (my admission time was 9am). Tended to by a lovely Nurse. Dr Roger Wilson spoke to me around 9.45am, in Theatre for 10am, recovery for 11.10am and now currently back on ward. These guys are awesome. From the consultant to anaesthetist to nurses to cater assistants. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much. I am so grateful to everyone at Kingsbridge for the service." Mr McNicholl, Kingsbridge Patient
"EXCELLENT - Had surgery today under the very caring Dr Stewart and her team. I cannot thank her enough for all she’s done for me over the past few months. Everything was explained to me in detail and all my care was considerate, professional and compassionate. Everyone I’ve met today has been beyond kind from Will the Anaesthetist, the Nurses and theatre staff, the catering staff - there has been no exception. Thank you all for taking care of me so well today - look forward to getting home tomorrow x" Mrs McAleavey, Kingsbridge Patient

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