Welcome to the varicose vein website.We will explain about varicose veins, why they occur, where they can occur and what are the latest and best treatments - as well as what to avoid!
Why should I worry about varicose veins?
About 25% (1 in 4) of the population of the UK have varicose veins. Many people know they have them because they can see them. Other people have the same problem - valves in the veins not working called 'venous reflux' - but no surface veins are seen on the surface.
If varicose veins and the underlying problem are not treated, then there are almost always consequences.
Untreated varicose veins and venous reflux will worsen with time. In addition they can cause:
- Aching legs
- Tired legs
- Ankle swelling
and can then lead to the following complications:
- Skin damage (red and brown skin near ankles)
- Venous eczema
- Leg ulcers
- Bleeding from varicose veins
- Phlebitis (thrombophlebitis - clots in the veins)
Successful treatment of varicose veins by the walk-in walk-out local anaesthetics techniques pioneered in the UK by The Whiteley Clinic reverses these problems and gets legs troubled by varicose veins back to normal.
In addition to varicose veins of the legs, there are other sorts of varicose veins that can cause problems. Examples of such veins are varicose veins of the vagina or vulva in women, or a varicocele around the testicles of a man. These are covered in detail in our specialised websites such as www.vulval-varicose-veins.co.uk.
Left image - Example of Varicose Veins before treatment. Right Image - Early recovery - 4 weeks after RFiTT radiofrequency treatment of veins and phlebectomies - wounds will continue to heal and disappear over the next few weeks