Self-Pay Prices in London
Varicose veins affect millions in the UK. As the NHS will only treat the most severe cases, many patients look to the private sector for a solution to the unsightly problem.
For patients looking to pay for varicose vein removal, cost is one of the biggest concerns. Private medicine has a reputation of being potentially expensive with ‘hidden costs’ bumping up the price.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Nowadays many providers will understand that patients are customers who are used to being able to research their treatment – and getting an idea of varicose vein treatment costs and prices is one of their key concerns.
Varicose vein removal costs
There are a number of factors that influence the price of varicose vein treatment:
Varicose vein treatment technique
There are a number of different ways in which varicose veins might be treated. The private sector excels in offering the latest treatments with high success rates.
The London Vein Centre based in Harley Street and Putney offers some of the very latest techniques available:
- Foam sclerotherapy an injectable treatment for smaller varicose veins or larger thread veins. Prices start at £500
- EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) treatment offers a 95% success rate. Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer EVLA treatment at their London vein treatment centre with a renowned vascular surgeon. Prices start at £1,650 per leg (1 vein)
- ClariVein® is a treatment which combines a mechanical with a chemical action to seal. Prices start at £1,895
- Micro surgery for physical, surgical removal of the affected vein where necessary. Prices start at £500
An article in the Daily Mail compared the options https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7521919/Experts-explain-different-ways-treat-varicose-veins-affect-three-ten-adults.html. NHS information can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/varicose-veins/treatment/.
How many veins/legs
The area to be treated is a definite factor in the total price. If it’s just one vein on one leg, then that will be cheaper than multiple veins affecting both legs
Day case vs hospital stay
With modern varicose vein removal, patients are able to return home on the same day as surgery. This is a considerable cost saving as well as being more convenient.
It is possible because the speed of recovery from procedures such as EVLA and ClariVein is very much faster than the traditional ‘vein stripping’ surgery associated with the NHS. there is no compromise as both these procedures have a much higher success rate than vein stripping too.
Local anaesthetic vs general anaesthetic
Where general anaesthetic is required, costs will be much higher, due to paying the anaesthetist as well as ensuring correct monitoring and recovery. Local anaesthetic is a much lower risk and less costly option.
EVLA and ClariVein are both delivered without the need for general anaesthetic.
Some providers are more expensive or cheaper than others. This doesn’t always indicate that they’re better or worse. It is important not to pay too much but also not to pay too little either.
Check the qualifications and experience of the practitioner, as well as the credentials of the clinic. At Cosmedics’ London Vein Centre, varicose vein removal is carried out by Vascular Surgeon Mr Parameswaren Sridhar in CQC-registered clinics in Harley Street and Putney.
You can now also find independent reviews and testimonials from previous clients by looking at google reviews and other feedback providers.
Comparing prices online is really helpful for getting an idea of what’s available, but do be careful to check what’s included.
Hidden extras might include scans or dressings.
At London Vein Centre, the scan is included in your consultation price and there are no ‘hidden extras’ associated with the cost of treatment.
London Vein Treatment Centre
Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer treatment for varicose veins, thread veins and other vascular conditions using the latest techniques. All consultations and treatments are carried out with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons. Advanced ‘day case’ varicose vein treatment is available at specially equipped London Vein Treatment Centre locations:
- 4 Disraeli Road, Putney, London, SW15 2DS
- 41 Harley Street, London, W1G 8QH
Thread vein treatment is additionally available at:
- The Smart Clinics, 30 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, London, SW7 2JE
- City Walk in Clinic, Ground floor, Renown House, 33–34 Bury Street, London, EC3A 5AR
- Litfield House Medical Centre, 1 Litfield Place, Clifton Down, Bristol,
For more information, please complete the form to the right hand side or call 020 7386 0464.