Varicose veins are an extremely common health problem. However, despite how prevalent they are, few patients know much, if anything, about them. Here’s everything you need to know about varicose veins in a handy FAQ format, but get in touch if you’d have more questions – in advance of our clinic reopening in July, we are offering video consultations for new patients.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are characterised as bulging veins which can be seen on the surface of the legs. However, they can also occur on other parts of the body too. They are said to affect around 30% of the population and for the most part, they aren’t dangerous. However, they do need to be treated, otherwise they will get worse and potentially cause serious health concerns.
What are the symptoms?
There are a number of symptoms associated with varicose veins. Some patients don’t experience any symptoms at all, while others suffer from severe symptoms that impact their quality of life. The main symptoms of varicose veins include:
- Bulging veins
- Pain or soreness
Itchiness and soreness are the most common symptoms experienced. Ulcers occur in more severe cases, caused when the condition is left untreated for too long. The nutrition within the skin becomes damaged and starts to deteriorate. This in turn causes the ulcers.
What treatments are available?
These days, there is a wide range of treatments available for varicose veins. Traditionally, vein stripping was the only option where the veins were surgically removed. While this is still an option for severe cases, most can be treated with minimally invasive procedures. These include:
- Endovenous laser ablation
- Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy
- Cyanoacrylate glue
- Endovenous mechanochemical ablation (Clarivein™)
- VNUS Closure procedure (now known as Venefit™)
The most popular form of treatment tends to be endovenous laser ablation. However, the treatment suitable for you will depend upon the severity of the condition, your medical history and personal preferences.
Do I need to see a specialist?
The NHS used to offer varicose vein treatments, though most have now taken the condition off their list of treatments. Therefore, if you want to seek treatment, you will need to book a consultation at a specialist clinic.
At Cornwall Vein Clinic, we offer a wide range of treatment options. During your consultation, we will assess the condition and recommend the best form of treatment. You can also ask us any questions you may have prior to the procedure.
If you’re suffering from varicose veins, don’t leave them to worsen. Contact us today to book a video consultation.