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Varicose vein treatment in Essex

There are a range of modern minimally invasive varicose vein treatments available at Oaks Hospital which mean surgery is very rarely necessary.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are dilated, tortuous, superficial veins in the legs, usually caused by poorly functioning valves. If these flap type valves fail then blood, which should be travelling back towards the heart, flows in the wrong direction causing distension of the surface veins which gradually become more and more prominent.

What causes varicose veins?

In many cases, they are hereditary although other factors which exacerbate their development include pregnancy and being overweight. Crossing your legs does not give you varicose veins.

Varicose vein symptoms and what problems can they cause?

They are usually easily visible and cause some people concern, purely because they are unsightly. They may also cause aching, heaviness or cramps and sometimes swelling at the ankles. The veins may become tender and inflamed (phlebitis). Skin changes can occur, especially around the ankle, with brown discolouration of the skin and sometimes flaking and itching (varicose eczema). In advances cases, the skin changes can progress to breakdown of the skin and the development of venous ulcers.

Treating varicose veins

Simple measures, such as weight reduction or wearing support hosiery and trying to avoid long spells of standing, may be sufficient to alleviate aching symptoms, although these will not cure the underlying problems. 

Treatment of varicose veins has moved on from conventional varicose vein surgery and may not always require hospital admission. Technologies which use ultrasound to diagnose and guide minimally invasive therapies are now well established. These modern treatments include endovenous laser therapy (EVLT), ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy (USFS) and VNUS Closure® Procedure. 

Modern techniques allow 95% of varicose veins to be successfully treated under local anaesthetic with a much quicker return to normal activities, less pain and virtually no scarring. 

Please contact Oaks Hospital Services Advisors on 01206 753 245

or via the online form for further details of treatments for varicose veins at the Oaks Hospital and how to make an appointment.