Varicose veins form when the valves in a normal vein become weakened or damaged. When this happens, the valve stops working effectively, and blood backs up and collects in the vein. This pooled blood can also cause the veins to enlarge, which results in varicose veins.
Varicose veins are common; approximately half the number of people above the age of 50, experience them as a cosmetic problem. However, some people will also experience aching, cramps, pain, and ulcerations. If you are currently experiencing pain due to varicose veins, or would like to have treatment for cosmetic reasons, Hillsborough Private Clinic can help.
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What Treatments Do We Offer for Varicose Veins?
We offer a range of treatments that can relieve your pain and improve the appearance of the affected areas. Options include:
Vein Sclerotherapy involves injecting a substance called Fibrovein directly into the affected vein. Fibrovein causes the walls of the vein to stick together, preventing blood flow. This technique is effective for treating small broken veins or thread veins, as well as smaller varicose veins, and is considerably more effective than laser techniques for cosmetic purposes.
Foam Sclerotherapy is a newer injection technique that works well for larger veins. A special foam, usually guided by ultrasound, is injected straight into the vein. As soon as the foam is injected, it causes an inflammation of the vein walls and pushes out the blood that has collected there. The veins will eventually close and disappear, although this may occur gradually over several months.
For larger varicose veins, we recommend Radiofrequency Ablation (VNUS), although not all patients are suitable for this treatment. During this procedure, your Consultant Vascular Surgeon will insert a small catheter into the diseased vein. This catheter delivers heat using radiofrequency energy, which causes the vein to shrink and then close. Surgical excision and stripping are often possible for those unable to undergo the treatments mentioned above.
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Hillsborough Private Clinic is a state-of-the-art private clinic in the village of Hillsborough. We offer fast and effective treatments for a wide range of medical problems including varicose veins and pain management, administered by our skilled consultants and specialists who have access to industry-leading diagnostic tools and equipment.
We are passionate about providing exceptional service and comfort to ensure you have a positive experience and receive the proper attention you need to live a healthy lifestyle. We are happy to help answer any questions you may have, so please get in touch through the link below.
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