Treatment Options

Following your ultrasound scan and assessment by the Vascular Surgeon, a treatment plan will be devised. This may include some of the options below:

Radio Frequency Ablation

Radio Frequency is similar to Laser but is thought to cause less pain and bruising.

Radio Frequency Ablation is a minimally invasive treatment that uses heat to close abnormally enlarged veins. Using ultrasound to access the vein a catheter is positioned within the vein. A radio frequency electrode is then inserted through the catheter and advanced to the desired location. Local anaesthetic is injected around the vein with ultrasound guidance. Heat is delivered to the vein causing it to close. Following treatment blood is redirected to other healthy veins.

At the end of the procedure you will be fitted with a properly measured, graduated compression stocking which will need to be worn for two weeks.

The advantages of this treatment are:-

  • No general anaesthetic
  • No scarring
  • Minimal time off work and sport. Most people return to work and normal activities the next day
  • Less painful than endovenous laser treatment

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a solution under ultrasound guidance that damages the lining of the vein causing it to become “sticky”. Following the injections, the vein is compressed by means of a compression stocking which needs to be worn for two weeks. Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy is used to treat any remaining veins following endovenous ablation, or when a patient has recurrent veins following previous varicose vein surgery.

You will be required to walk for 20 minutes following the treatment.

Micro Sclerotherapy

Micro sclerotherapy is used to get rid of unsightly “Spider Veins”.

Following the injections, the vein is compressed by means of a compression stocking which needs to be worn for one week. Patients will need to walk for ten minutes following treatment. Usually it is necessary to perform this procedure more than once.

Varicose Vein Surgery

Surgery to remove large or particularly tortuous varicose veins may be necessary for some people. This will require an overnight stay and the wearing of compression stockings for one week. Some bruising and swelling for four to six weeks is common. Most patients are able to return to work after one week.

Compression Stockings

Compression stockings help to prevent leg swelling and relieve tired, aching legs caused by varicose veins. Your legs will be measured by our nurse to ensure the stockings fit correctly.

Compression stockings are worn following Radio-Frequency Ablation and Sclerotherapy to keep the veins closed and prevent clots forming.