Vein Treatments at Fitzwilliam Hospital
Thread veins are tiny blood vessels in the skin. We offer outpatient treatment to improve their appearance. See below.
Varicose veins are caused by the small valves in your veins that push your blood to your heart becoming weak and stopping working. Blood then collects in your veins and they become enlarged and sometimes painful.
Here at Fitzwilliam Hospital we offer surgical litigation and stripping and, the VNUS closure procedure.
This is a day case procedure usually performed under a general anaesthetic. The operation usually takes between twenty minutes and two and a half hours. Your surgeon may disconnect the superficial veins from the deep veins in your legs through an incision in your groin or the back of your knee. They will probably make many small cuts along the length of the varicose veins and remove them.
Often the main varicose vein is ‘stripped out’ using a special instrument. A person’s recovery time is usually between two to four weeks depending on how many veins were stripped and where they were located. Most people will be released home on the same day, although there are some occasions that the doctor will advise a patient to stay at the hospital overnight
Radiofrequency ablation of veins (VNUS)
The VNUS Closure Procedure, offers patients an efficient, minimally invasive alternative for treating varicose veins to improve the skin’s appearance and to reduce health risks related to large varicose veins. The procedure utilizes radiofrequency (RF) energy to heat and contract the collagen found inside the vein walls, causing the vein to collapse and seal shut. The consultant will position the catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The tiny radiofrequency powered catheter delivers heat to the vein wall. After sealing the vein, blood flow redirects to healthy veins, thus reducing or eliminating the appearance of enlarged, diseased veins.
Closure Procedure include:
• Day care procedure
• Very little downtime; normal activity can be resumed within 1-2 days
• Minimally-invasive; not an open surgical procedure
• Little to no scarring
• Long lasting relief from symptoms
Minimally Invasive Vein Treatments
Microsclerotherapy for Thread Veins
The procedure involves injecting a chemical, called a sclerosant, into your thread vein using a very fine needle and this closes the thread vein and it eventually fades. Three or four treatments, separated by eight weeks, will usually be required to achieve the required degree of fading.
Consultation fees from £170 for an initial appointment. Procedure cost per session from £270. A diagnostic scan may be performed during treatment, cost of scan from £300.
Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins (unilateral)
Foam sclerotherapy, performed under the guidance of ultrasound, is often used to treat varicose veins near the skin’s surface. A non-surgical, minimally-invasive technique, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy with foam is designed to close varicose veins causing the problem vein to shrink or possibly disappear.
Consultation fees from £170 for an initial appointment. Procedure cost for treatment from £1,140.