The most common treatment for superficial yet unsightly thread veins is sclerotherapy. This involves injecting a chemical, known as a sclerosant, into the veins. This irritates the structure of the veins, causing them to close up and fade away.
This is a similar procedure that uses a foam version of the sclerosant, and can be effective in treating larger veins. Dependent on the extent and number of your varicose veins, you may need several sessions to achieve the desired result.
EndoVenous Laser Ablation (EVLA/EVLT)
This is a new, non-surgical method of treating varicose veins using a laser guided through a fine catheter. The vein walls are heated up and destroyed, and your body then naturally absorbs the remaining dead tissue. This procedure can be carried out in a treatment room rather than an operating theatre, and takes around 20 to 30 minutes per leg.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
In this treatment, infrared energy is delivered to the vein walls by radiofrequency energy. The heat then causes the vessels of the vein to shrink the targeted area. This procedure can be carried out in a treatment room on an outpatient basis.
This is a minimally invasive treatment, often recommended for larger varicose veins, The Venefit Closure procedure is similar to EVLA/EVLT but instead of using a laser, microwaves are used to close the offending vein. Venefit™ can be performed on an outpatient basis usually using local anaesthetic techniques.
Venous avulsions (phlebectomies)
Following EVLT or Venefit therapy, a large number of our patients ask for the removal of their visible, lumpy veins. This is not always necessary, as in half of all our patients laser treatment of the main feeding vein depressurizes its adjoining veins resulting in their disappearance. This depressurization affect does however take up to six months. If you would like these veins removed during your laser operation, this is easily done using local anaesthetic and a tiny hook. There will be scarring but should not be visible.
This is a novel minimally invasive therapy with good promising early results. In this situation the failed vein is filled with glue through a fine catheter in order to irriate the it’s walls and result in the vein sealing off.