Expert Advice on Varicose Veins
Varicose veins expert Dr Ross Perry, founder of The London Vein Centre, tells the Mirror why some veins are more pronounced than others in its feature “Varicose veins main causes”.
As the article explained:
“Some veins are more pronounced than others, with varicose veins being significantly dominant.”
The function of veins is to carry blood back to the heart. They’re not as strong or thick as arteries, but they contain valves which ensure that the blood only goes in one direction – to the heart.
Varicose veins are a very common condition which affect around 25% of all adults and even more in women. They are typically swollen, raised and discoloured veins on the lower legs with a noticeable purple/blue hue. They occur when the veins become dilated and enlarged.
The feature in the Mirror explores the main causes of varicose veins, saying:
“Turns out, sitting AND standing for too long increases your risk”
The inactivity allows blood to pool in the legs, which puts pressure on the valves within the veins. Patients see spider veins and thread veins appearing – smaller reddish veins – as well as the varicose veins with their characteristic twisted and bulging appearance.
Dr Ross Perry told the Mirror:
“It depends on the natural size and position of the vein.
“They typically expand more when they are lower than the heart so leg veins are the most common as that is where the most effect of gravity has on them.”
Main Causes of Varicose Veins
The Mirror feature listed the main causes of varicose veins:
- Age over 50
- Extended periods of standing
- Prior injury
- Family history
Unfortunately the NHS is unable to treat the majority of cases, as it views many cases as ‘cosmetic’, yet symptoms can become quite severe if varicose veins are allowed to develop. More severe symptoms can be very uncomfortable as well as unsightly. Potential signs of severe varicose include:
- Severe and continuous pain
- Noticeable and ongoing swelling
- Heaviness and/or dull, achy feeling – especially at the end of the day, or after physical activity
- Varicose veins look red and feel warm and tender to the touch
- Varicose veins are prone to bleeding – either due to injury or spontaneous bleeding
- Dry, itchy, discoloured, and/or inflamed skin around the veins
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For more information and comment, see the full article online at https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/varicose-veins-main-causes-sitting-27541749.
NHS Treatment for Severe Varicose Veins
Patients with severe varicose veins can visit the GP to see whether they may qualify for NHS treatment. The GP will assess the veins, looking especially for signs of ulceration, pain, bleeding or skin colour changes.
Dr Ross Perry is a GP as well as founder of the London Vein Treatment Centre. He says:
“In most cases, your GP will advise either compression stockings to help manage symptoms (usually for six months) or to go private.
“The criteria for referral to an NHS hospital is very strict, so you won’t be able to have them removed for purely cosmetic reasons on the NHS.”
Private Varicose Vein Treatment
For those clients who cannot gain treatment on the NHS, the private sector offers treatments that have high success rates at eliminating unsightly vein problems.
The London Vein Treatment Centre offers a variety of options, depending on the nature of the condition being treated:
Varicose Vein Removal Treatments
We offer a range of varicose vein treatments using the latest laser and surgical techniques, all carried out by our experienced Vascular Surgeon on a ‘walk in walk out’ basis with no overnight stay and no general anaesthetic:
- 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
- Foam sclerotherapy an injectable treatment for smaller varicose veins or larger thread veins
- Tumescent Foam Sclerotherapy combines EVLA with Foam Sclerotherapy – exclusive to The London Vein Centre
- Micro surgery for physical, surgical removal of the affected vein where necessary
London Vein Treatment Centre
Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer treatment for thread veins using the latest techniques with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons. They also offer advanced laser varicose vein treatment at the London Vein Treatment Centre at a choice of two highly equipped London Vein Treatment Centres.
- 4 Disraeli Road, Putney, London, SW15 2DS
- 41 Harley Street, London, W1G 8QH
The most popular option is EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) laser varicose vein removal with a vascular surgeon with prices starting at £1,650 per leg (1 vein).
For more information, please complete the form to the right hand side or call 020 7386 0464.