After a comprehensive evaluation that includes an ultra-sound examination of the veins, your vein specialist will determine the optimal treatment for each patient’s needs. Occasionally an x-ray will be needed before advice about treatment can be given.

Do I need treatment?

Treatment for varicose veins is seldom essential since serious complications rarely occur. The choice is yours and many patients have varicose veins for the whole of their adult life and never suffer any problems with them. However treatment would usually be recommended if you develop ulceration, skin changes such as eczema, pigmentation of the skin around the ankle, bleeding from varicose veins, phlebitis (inflammation) of the veins, or significant leg swelling associated with your varicose veins.

How can I help myself?

Avoid being overweight and wear support stockings if you have to stand up a lot of the time. Regular exercise such as walking also helps to pump the blood out of the leg. Dry itchy skin can often be helped by moisturising (emollient) creams or bath additives available at the chemist.

If I need treatment, what treatments are available?

Available treatment options:

All the above treatments are recommended by NICE for the treatment of varicose veins – click here for more guidance from NICE.