Patients Suffering Due to NHS Varicose Vein Cutbacks

After the NHS announced they were withdrawing routine treatment of varicose veins last year, numerous patients have been left to suffer alone. GPs are turning away patients complaining of varicose vein symptoms, telling them they can only step in if they develop open sores. Unable to cope with the pain associated with venous disease, this has left patients with no other option than to pay for private treatment.

While varicose veins are largely associated as a cosmetic issue, they do often cause unpleasant symptoms such as itchy or aching legs, pain and even difficulty walking. When left untreated they can also become dangerous to the health, with the potential for blood clots to develop. Therefore, patients who have been turned away from their GP should look to seek out private treatment to avoid potential complications.

The impact varicose veins can have on your health

The impact varicose veins can have on the health is finally starting to be recognised. Not only can they lead to potentially life-threatening problems, but they can also have a significant impact on mental health too.

Physically, varicose veins can cause pain, itching and swelling. The severity of these symptoms can vary significantly, with some patients unable to walk, which in turn can lead to weight gain. As they can be particularly worse during the night, they can also cause issues with sleep, leading to fatigue. These physical symptoms can be difficult to live with alone, but the mental impact they can have can be equally as debilitating.

Varicose veins can lead to depression, anxiety and issues with self-confidence. Many patients cover up the veins, even in hot weather to avoid people seeing them. The physical, combined with the mental effects varicose veins can have on the health can make the condition extremely difficult to live with.

Understanding your varicose vein treatment options

There are a lot of treatment options available privately and many of them come at an affordable cost. What’s more, many of the treatments offer long-term results, making them, even more, cost effective. From compression stockings and injections to laser treatment and surgery – there are more treatment options for varicose veins available now than ever before.

Call 01872 308 520 to book a consultation with the Cornwall Vein Clinic today to discover our full range of treatment options. The sooner you seek treatment for varicose veins, the easier and less complex the treatment will be.

Recurrent miscarriages and endometriosis may increase risk of venous thromboembolism

A new Japanese study has revealed that recurrent miscarriages and Endometriosis may increase the risk of Venous Thromboembolism. These new risk factors could prove crucial for ensuring pregnant women at high risk of the condition can be monitored and treated correctly. So, what is Venous Thromboembolism and what exactly did the new study find?

What is Venous Thromboembolism?

Venous Thromboembolism is a potentially fatal condition, referring to blood clots which develop within the veins and travel up to the lungs. There are two main types of the condition including pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis.

Deep vein thrombosis typically starts in the leg and if you suffer from varicose veins then you shouldn’t necessarily worry that it can result in DVT as varicose veins typically affect the veins closest to the surface of the skin. However, with very severe varicose veins, there can be a potential risk of DVT occurring.

With DVT, the blood clot develops and lodges within the vein. A pulmonary embolism is where the blood clot breaks free from the vein wall and travels up to the lungs. It’s more common in blood clots which have developed within the thigh and if the clot does travel to the lungs, it will potentially prove fatal. In pregnant women, it’s one of the leading causes of maternal fatality.

What did the new study find?

The Japanese study, published within the Thrombosis and Haemostatis Journal, analysed national data to identify risk factors which contributed to the development of the condition. The study was carried out on the Japanese population as the condition is much less common in Japanese populations.

It looked at data from approximately 103,070 pregnant women, between January 2011 and March 2014. The researchers discovered several risk factors for the condition, including high BMI, IVF treatment, older maternal age and smoking. All of these risk factors had already been discovered through previous studies, but Endometriosis and recurrent miscarriages were two new risk factors identified.

Seeking treatment for varicose veins

Although there are numerous reasons Venous Thrombosis can develop in pregnancy, sometimes it’s down to poor vein health. Therefore, seeking treatment for varicose veins before you decide to get pregnant, is a good way to minimise the risks.

If you’re concerned about your vein health, call 01872 308 520 to book a consultation with the Cornwall Vein Clinic today. The earlier the condition is treated, the fewer complications it’s likely to cause.

Men and varicose veins

men and varicose veinsIt’s often thought that varicose veins are a ‘women’s problem’ and certainly many more women seek treatment due to unhappiness with the appearance of their legs, but actually a similar number of men are affected, with that number rising in both sexes as they get older.

Varicose veins typically are a cosmetic problem and that might be one of the underlying reasons why men do not seek out treatment. However, left untreated, varicose veins can develop into more serious health concerns and, even in the short term, can cause chronic aching and itching which is less than satisfactory.

1 Varicose veins: more than cosmetic

Healthy veins pump the blood smoothly back up to your heart but when the small valves inside the veins stop working properly, the blood can flow backwards and collect in the vein, causing it to become swollen and enlarged.

However, as well as their lumpy appearance and darker, purple colour, it can cause a whole host of other problems:

  • Aching legs that can feel heavy or uncomfortable
  • Swollen ankles and feet
  • A burning or throbbing sensation in your legs
  • Muscle cramps in your legs – these can be worse at night, keeping sufferers awake
  • Dry, thin skin over the vein that can become very itchy

2 Varicose veins: now you’re not alone

Middle-aged women aren’t the only sufferers of varicose veins. Many men can develop them and they can develop from puberty onwards.

So, the message to male patients is: don’t wait to seek treatment – prevent varicose veins from becoming a bigger problem.

3 Varicose veins: reduce less than satisfactory lifestyle habits

Although it’s hard to pinpoint an exact cause of varicose veins, there are certain lifestyle factors that are linked to an increased susceptibility to developing them. These include being overweight and inactive. Other factors include your hormones, your age and a genetic predisposition.

4 Varicose veins: seek treatment

As well as being less motivated to deal with a ‘cosmetic’ problem, men can often be reluctant to undergo treatment if they think it will be invasive or involve much downtime or recovery. The good news is that there is now a whole range of minimally invasive treatments available, including Venaseal, VNUS Closure, Endovenous Laser Ablation or Mechanicochemical Ablation.

Don’t assume any leg pain is a result of muscle fatigue or pulled muscle after a strenuous workout. Call 01872 308 520 to arrange your consultation at the Cornwall Vein Clinic if you’re concerned about varicose veins.

The Link Between Diabetes and Varicose Veins

Although varicose veins are largely viewed as a cosmetic issue, the truth is, they can link to other, more serious health issues. One of the more serious conditions which is linked to venous disease is diabetes.

Here, we’ll look at the link between diabetes and varicose veins and what to do if you suspect you do have venous disease.

How are diabetes and varicose veins linked?

Diabetes can really affect the circulation within the legs and feet. As glucose levels increase, it can cause numbness within the limbs. Then, as diabetes progresses, the blood flow within the arteries of the feet and legs can start to reduce, eventually causing damage to the nerves.

With varicose veins, the condition also impacts the circulation within the legs and feet. So, if you have diabetes, it’s going to put additional pressure onto the veins, worsening the symptoms of venous disease. If you do have diabetes as well as venous disease, it also increases your risk of suffering from the complications linked to both conditions.

Which patients are most at risk?

It’s entirely possible for patients to suffer from both diabetes and varicose veins. While the risk of developing both conditions simultaneously is largely associated with older, overweight patients, there are a few other risk factors you should be aware of.

A family history of the condition, pregnancy, obesity and age are all possible risk factors to be aware of.

What to do if you suspect you have venous disease

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes and you’re worried you may also be developing varicose veins, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Delaying treatment increases the risk of complications. It’s also known that delaying treatment could mean if complications do arise, they will be much more severe.

There are lots of varicose vein treatments available these days, with many of them offering a non-invasive procedure. You can find out your treatment options when you book a consultation with a specialist. You’ll also need to make sure you seek treatment to get your diabetes under control too. If you’re concerned about varicose veins, book a consultation with the Cornwall Vein Clinic today.

Varicose vein removal set to be one of biggest aesthetic trends of 2019

Varicose vein removal has been listed as one of the biggest aesthetic trends for 2019. Each year, we see new emerging trends within the cosmetic surgery and aesthetic market, but this is the first-time varicose vein removal has made it onto the list.

Here, we’ll look at why varicose vein removal is dominating the market this year and the treatment options available.

What’s causing the rise in varicose vein removal?

There are a few factors experts believe are leading to the rise in varicose vein removal procedures. The biggest driving factor is likely the removal of free varicose vein treatments on the NHS. In 2018, it was revealed that many NHS hospitals were no longer going to provide free varicose vein treatment. So, patients now have no other option but to opt for private treatment.

According to statistics, two-thirds of Brits admit they feel self-conscious about their bodies due to varicose or spider veins. It’s thought that the pressures of social media are also to blame for the rise in varicose vein removal treatment. There is a lot more pressure for people to look their best so unsightly varicose veins can understandably cause a lot of issues with self-esteem.

Although aesthetic concerns are driving the growth in varicose vein removal, the fact more people are seeking treatment could be a positive outcome from a health point of view. When left untreated, varicose veins can develop into a more serious issue, potentially causing blood clots which could prove fatal in severe cases.

What treatment options are available?

The treatment options available to correct varicose veins these days are comprehensive and are also a factor in why varicose vein removal is becoming ever more popular. As technology has advanced, it’s brought many new innovative techniques onto the market. Many of these are non-invasive, meaning treatment is quick, painless and requires very little, if any, downtime.

The earlier varicose vein treatment is sought, the less invasive it’s likely to be. If you’re concerned over your varicose veins, book a consultation with a vein expert today. You may be surprised just how easy it is to eliminate the condition.

Can weightlifting cause varicose veins?

There’s a lot of reasons varicose veins can develop over your lifetime, but could it be down to the type of exercise that you do? Weightlifting, for example, is a popular yet strenuous activity. You’ll often notice the veins in your legs bulging after a workout. So, could these be varicose veins?

Here, you’ll discover whether or not your weightlifting habit could be causing varicose veins.

Does weightlifting increase the risk of varicose veins?

You’ll find a lot of contradictory advice on whether or not weightlifting can increase the risk of varicose veins. Some experts claim it doesn’t, while others claim the pressure placed upon the veins during weightlifting can eventually lead to varicose veins. So, what’s true?

Well, on the whole, weightlifting isn’t known to increase the risk of varicose veins, but only if it’s done correctly. If you partake in strenuous weight lifting and you do it in excess, there is a possibility it could weaken the veins over time, resulting in varicose veins. If you do it with the correct posture and don’t overdo it, it’s unlikely you’ll develop varicose veins.

How to tell the difference between the pump and varicose veins

The main reason people think weightlifting has given them varicose veins is because of the ‘pump’ that’s left after a lifting session. The veins bulge out, mimicking the appearance of varicose veins.

However, the pump is actually where there is an increase in blood in the veins, causing them to bulge outwards. As you exercise, more blood and oxygen is sent to the muscles, causing the veins to fill up more than they usually would. The pump will go down after a while once you’ve stopped exercising.

Varicose veins, on the other hand, don’t suddenly disappear. They are caused by faulty valves, leading to blood pooling in the veins. You’ll typically experience other symptoms too if you have varicose veins, such as aching and itching.

Seeking a diagnosis

If you’re unsure whether or not you’re suffering from varicose veins, it’s important to seek a proper diagnosis. Even though varicose veins are often dismissed as a mere cosmetic issue, if left untreated, it can lead to more serious health problems. So, book a consultation with a vein specialist to determine whether yo01872 308 520u’re simply seeing the pump from your exercise, or whether you’ve developed varicose veins.

Minimally invasive varicose vein treatments vs surgery

In the past, the treatment options for painful and unsightly varicose veins typically covered two extremes – the use of compression stockings or vein stripping, a surgical procedure that removes the offending veins from the legs.

During a vein stripping procedure, the vein is removed through incisions made in the groin or behind the knee. Tying and removal of the greater saphenous vein reduces the pressure of blood flowing backwards into the smaller veins.

Varicose vein stripping is performed under a general anaesthetic and although relatively safe and low-risk there are some complications. Any surgical procedure performed under a general anaesthetic entails some risk. You may also be at risk of infection, bleeding, blood clots, bruising or scarring. Nerve injury may also occur with temporary loss of sensation.

In recent years, minimally invasive endovenous techniques – including radiofrequency ablation, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy and endovenous laser therapy – have totally revolutionised treatment of varicose veins in the UK.

Laser varicose vein treatment vs surgery

Endovenous Laser Ablation or EVLA uses ultrasound to guide an optical fibre into the vein. Precisely controlled laser energy is then directed into the walls of the vein, causing them to contract and close up. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and sedation and the process is typically very safe with an incredibly high success rate. Patients return home the same day and the recovery is much quicker than surgery.

ClariVein vs surgery

An even more recent entry into the varicose vein treatment market, ClariVein, does not use thermal energy to destroy the veins so there is no risk of scarring or heat damage. ClariVein uses a catheter with a rotating tip to disrupt the lining of the veins, before using a sclerosing drug to close the veins. The device is two to three times thinner than the devices used in radiofrequency and laser ablation.

In a randomised clinical trial in 2017, published in Phlebology journal, researchers studied the effectiveness and patient experience of ClariVein for the treatment of varicose veins. Three hundred patients were studied and all procedures were completed successfully under local anaesthetic. Procedures were well tolerated and there were no significant complications reported, so the study’s authors concluded that early results are promising but further evaluation was required.

Call 01872 308 520 to arrange a consultation at the Cornwall Vein Clinic to discuss all your varicose vein treatment options.

2019’s hottest trend? Same day varicose vein removal

Surgeons are seeing an increase in the number of patients opting for fast, discreet procedures such as varicose vein removal. Harper’s Bazaar recently detailed the ‘cosmetic tweakments’ it expected to soar in popularity in 2019, and same day varicose vein removal techniques made the list

Here, you’ll discover more about same day varicose vein removal and the benefits it delivers.

What is same day varicose vein removal?

Same day varicose vein removal is exactly what it sounds like – treatment is carried out and the patient returns home the same day. It’s actually really common today, with the majority of varicose vein cases being able to be treated the same day.

So, what does it actually comprise of? Well, it depends upon the treatment method chosen. There are numerous same-day procedures available, all of which offer a minimally or non-invasive treatment. The most common is typically Endovenous Laser Ablation.

This uses laser energy to seal the veins and the procedure has been significantly enhanced in recent years. At the Cornwall Vein Clinic, our Endovenous Laser Ablation technique is one of the best in the country thanks to our advanced laser technology. It is capable of treating even the most complex varicose veins and is practically painless for patients.

Is same day varicose vein removal effective?

Same day varicose vein treatments can be extremely effective, especially if the condition is mild to moderate. The earlier you opt for treatment, the more effective it is likely to be. The success rate will depend upon numerous factors and a vein specialist will be able to tell you whether or not a same day treatment would be the right option for you.

What are the benefits of same day varicose vein removal?

There are a lot of benefits which come from choosing a same day varicose vein treatment. The most obvious is the fact that the procedure is quick and straightforward. It requires little downtime, although taking a couple of days to rest is highly recommended.

Another benefit is the fact that it is discreet. Not everyone wants others to know that they have had a procedure done. So, if you’re looking for an effective, fast remedy for your varicose veins, a same day procedure could be just what you need.

If you’re interested in getting your varicose veins treated on the same day, book a consultation with us today. We will help you to establish the best course of treatment to eliminate those varicose veins once and for all.

Don’t Cover Up in Shame This Summer – Eliminate Varicose Veins Now

varicose vein removal for summerWorried about baring your legs this summer because of unsightly varicose veins? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Recent research has discovered that approximately two-thirds of Brits try to cover up their legs in summer due to the shame of either stretch marks, excess weight or varicose veins.

While it is understandable to be self-conscious over unsightly veins, there are simple and effective treatment options available. Many can be done the same day and provide a long-term solution. Here, you’ll discover some of the best varicose vein treatments that can help you get those legs summer ready in no time.

Will you need varicose vein surgery?

One of the biggest factors that holds people back from seeking treatment for their varicose veins is the fear they will need to undergo surgery. It’s true that at one time, surgery was the only option available. However, these days patients have a huge choice of treatment options available and many of them are minimally-invasive procedures carried out under local anaesthetic.

It is possible you may still need surgery depending upon how severe the condition is. However, even the surgical techniques have been enhanced over the years, meaning the recovery time and risks aren’t as high as they used to be.

Non-invasive varicose vein techniques

There are many great minimally-invasive techniques available to treat varicose veins. At the Cornwall Vein Clinic, we have one of the widest choices of treatments available on the market. From laser treatment to injections and compression stockings, there are numerous non-surgical procedures you could benefit from.

Why now is the perfect time to seek varicose vein treatment

If you are wanting to bare those legs this summer, now is the perfect time to seek treatment. While it is possible to undergo same-day varicose vein treatment, this still requires some downtime and time for the results to show.

If you do need surgery, having it early in the year will ensure any swelling and bruising has gone down in time for summer; allowing you to show off those varicose vein-free legs.

So, if you’re worried about baring your legs this summer, book a consultation today and see just how easy it is to eliminate varicose veins. With so many excellent treatment options available, there really is no need to suffer in silence.

Can witch hazel aid the symptoms of varicose veins?

If you’ve been searching for varicose vein remedies online, one solution you’ll come across is witch hazel. Commonly used for its medicinal properties, witch hazel is said to ease the aches and pains caused by varicose veins. Some sources even claim it can eliminate spider and varicose veins altogether. So, is it really a viable treatment option and could it eliminate varicose veins completely?

Can witch hazel help with varicose vein symptoms?

There have actually been a few studies conducted to determine whether witch hazel can help with varicose veins. However, no conclusive evidence has been discovered. That being said, many people have used the natural remedy to successfully ease their symptoms.

In particular, soaking a cloth with witch hazel and then applying it to the legs is said to bring instant relief. As it does contain anti-inflammatory properties, witch hazel can be used to relieve swelling and aching caused by varicose veins.

Is it a good varicose vein treatment option?

While it can certainly help to ease the symptoms, witch hazel isn’t a good treatment option. This is because it simply masks the symptoms, it doesn’t actually eliminate them. So, all you’re really doing is enjoying a little respite from the symptoms, but they will keep reappearing without treatment.

Many people don’t realise that varicose veins are so much more than a cosmetic issue. They don’t just go away on their own and no natural treatments can get rid of them. In fact, if you leave the varicose veins untreated, there is a possibility they could worsen, causing potentially serious health problems. For this reason, it’s crucial you get them treated properly.

What treatments are recommended?

There are lots of effective treatments available to eliminate varicose veins. Vein stripping is still used to treat severe cases, but the majority of varicose veins can actually often be resolved with minimally invasive treatments. These can even be carried out in your lunch break.

To determine which treatment option is right for you, book a consultation with a vein specialist. They will be able to identify the severity of the condition and create a personalised treatment plan to eliminate it.