Varicose veins are classified according to CEAP classification, which denotes their severity.
The classification offers clinicians a choice of 8 stages of varicose vein:
- C0 – no visible or palpable signs of venous disease
- C1 – telangectasia or reticular veins – dilated blue veins beneath the skin surface
- C2 – varicose veins – sub-divided into
- C2A = Varicose veins with no symptoms
- C2S = Varicose veins with symptoms
- C3 – edema – swelling or swollen varicose veins
- C4a – varicose veins with associated skin conditions e.g. pigmentation, eczema
- C4b – varicose veins with more severe associated skin conditions e.g. lipodermatosclerosis, atrophie blanche
- C5 – varicose veins with healed ulcers
- C6 – varicose veins with active ulcers, which can be very painful
CEAP System for Varicose Veins
The CEAP system was created in order to standardise the reporting of varicose veins. This comprehensive classification system means that diagnosis and treatment is more uniform.
The system was created in 1994 by a committee of the American Venous Forum and is now accepted as the standard scheme by which chronic venous disorders can be classified.
Varicose Vein Treatment UK
Sadly due to budget constraints, the NHS often now has to consider varicose veins as a cosmetic issue, even though they are far more than an aesthetic issue and can cause severe discomfort for the patient.
Varicose veins are not a condition that will go away without treatment, so many people are now turning to the private sector for treatment.
Varicose Vein Removal
The only really effective way to resolve varicose veins for good is with surgery. However, that doesn’t have to mean painful vein stripping with a long recovery. Modern varicose vein surgery is provided in private clinics on a day case basis using laser technology which offers excellent results and fast recovery.
Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer private EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) laser varicose vein removal at their London vein treatment centre with a renowned vascular surgeon with prices starting at £1,650 per leg (1 vein). There is no general anaesthetic, no hospital stay and patients can walk out of the clinic with the varicose veins gone.
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