Varicose veins

Edinburgh Waterfront Private Hospital

Varicose vein treatment encompasses a range of minimally invasive procedures designed to alleviate the discomfort and improve the appearance of enlarged, twisted veins commonly found in the legs. These treatments aim to close off or remove the affected veins, allowing blood flow to reroute through healthier veins. Common methods include microsclerotherapy, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation, each offering targeted approaches to address different severities and types of varicose veins.

These treatments not only enhance aesthetic appeal but also alleviate symptoms such as pain, swelling, and heaviness in the legs. A consultation with a healthcare provider is essential to find the best treatment based on individual health factors and the extent of the vein condition.

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Varicose vein treatments

Private varicose veins treatment in Edinburgh

  • Microsclerotherapy: Injection of a sclerosing solution into superficial veins, causing them to collapse and fade over time.
  • Foam sclerotherapy: Injection of a foamy sclerosing agent into larger veins, enhancing contact with the vein walls for more effective treatment. Ultrasound-guided.
  • Radiofrequency Ablation: Use of radiofrequency energy to heat and collapse the walls of larger varicose veins, rerouting blood flow to healthier veins.


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FAQ on varicose veins

What are varicose veins, and why do they occur?

Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that often appear blue or dark purple, typically on the legs. They occur when the valves in the veins that regulate blood flow towards the heart become weak or damaged, causing blood to pool in the veins. Factors such as age, genetics, pregnancy, and prolonged standing can contribute to their development.

What are the symptoms associated with varicose veins?

Common symptoms of varicose veins include aching pain, heaviness, swelling, throbbing, and itching in the legs. In severe cases, they can lead to skin changes, ulcers, and bleeding. Some people may also experience restless legs syndrome.

What are the primary treatment options for varicose veins available at our hospital?

Our hospital offers several advanced treatment options for varicose veins, including:

  • Microsclerotherapy: A procedure where a sclerosing solution is injected into small to medium-sized varicose veins, causing them to collapse and fade over time.
  • Foam sclerotherapy: An enhanced version of sclerotherapy with a foamy solution to treat larger varicose veins, providing more extensive contact with vein walls.
  • Radiofrequency Ablation: A minimally invasive technique that uses radiofrequency energy to heat and collapse the walls of larger varicose veins, rerouting blood to healthier veins.

How does microsclerotherapy work, and what can I expect during the procedure?

During microsclerotherapy, a sclerosing solution is injected into the affected veins using a fine needle. This solution irritates the vein’s lining, causing it to collapse and be reabsorbed by the body over time. The procedure is typically quick, and you may experience mild discomfort or a tingling sensation during the injection.

What are the benefits of foam sclerotherapy compared to microsclerotherapy?

Foam sclerotherapy uses a foamy solution instead of a liquid, allowing for better contact with the vein walls and more effective treatment of larger veins. This method can treat veins unsuitable for microsclerotherapy, often requiring fewer sessions to achieve optimal results.

What is radiofrequency ablation, and how is it performed?

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure where a thin catheter is inserted into the affected vein. Radiofrequency energy is then delivered through the catheter, heating and collapsing the vein wall. The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia, and patients can typically return to normal activities within a few days.

What can I expect during the recovery period after varicose vein treatment?

Recovery times vary depending on the type of treatment. After microsclerotherapy, you may experience bruising, swelling, and redness at the injection sites, which typically subside within a few days. Compression stockings may be recommended to aid healing. Following radiofrequency ablation, mild pain and bruising may occur, but most patients can resume regular activities quickly.

Are there any risks or side effects associated with these treatments?

All medical procedures carry some risks. Common side effects of varicose vein treatments include bruising, swelling, temporary skin discolouration, and, rarely, allergic reactions. Serious complications are rare but can include blood clots or nerve damage. Our surgeons will discuss potential risks and side effects during your consultation.

How many treatment sessions will I need for optimal results?

The number of sessions required varies based on the severity and extent of your varicose veins. Some patients achieve satisfactory results after one session, while others may need multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart. Your healthcare provider will develop a personalised treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Will my varicose veins come back after treatment?

While varicose vein treatments effectively address existing veins, they do not prevent new veins from developing in the future. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and wearing compression stockings as recommended, can help minimise the risk of new varicose veins forming.

How do I schedule a consultation for varicose vein treatment at your hospital?

If you would like to schedule a consultation, you can contact our hospital’s appointment desk via phone or through our website. Our team will help you set up a convenient time to meet with one of our experienced surgeons to talk about your treatment options and develop a personalised plan.

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