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Vascular surgery

Get rid of unsightly varicose veins

Varicose veins can make life miserable. They may cause your legs to feel itchy and painful, and you may find yourself becoming much more self-conscious about the appearance of your legs. Many people choose toy wear clothes specifically to cover their legs and avoid wearing knee length garments such as skirts and shorts.

Unfortunately, varicose veins are no longer treated routinely on the NHS, as they are perceived as being more of a lifestyle problem than a medical one.

If you are frustrated or disappointed with varicose veins on your legs, our experienced Consultant Vascular surgeon would be delighted to help you. With over 25 years’ experience in vascular surgeon, they will make sure you receive the best treatment for your needs.

Why not contact us today to book your private consultation?  

Blood circulates around the body through the blood vessels (veins, arteries, and capillaries). Arteries carry blood away from the heart, veins carry it towards the heart.

One-way valves in the veins help ensure the blood flows in the right direction. If one of these valves is damaged and stops working properly, blood may be able to flow back through it, in the wrong direction. This will cause pressure to increase in the surrounding vessels. If this increased pressure causes a corresponding build-up of pressure in the veins nearest the surface of the skin (known as ‘superficial’ vessels), they may enlarge and twist, showing up on the skin as unsightly blue or dark purple lies. These are known as varicose veins.

Smaller veins in the leg can also be affected in the same way. Because these cause thin spider-like marks to appear on the legs, they are known as spider or thread veins.

Unfortunately, once a varicose vein or spider vein has appeared, it will not resolve and clear itself naturally. Indeed, left untreated, varicose veins may end up becoming bigger and even more prominent.

Varicose vein surgery is the only way of treating varicose veins once they have formed.

Varicose veins can affect anybody, although they are more common in people who spend a lot of time on their feet, and those aged between 20 – 50. They also tend to affect women more frequently than men.

If you are not happy with how varicose veins make your legs look or feel, it can be a relief to know that effective treatments are available to resolve the problems, improve the appearance of your legs and stop any symptoms you are experiencing. 

People visit The Saxon Clinic for private varicose vein surgery for one of three reasons. They want to: 

  • LOOK better
  • FEEL better
  • PREVENT anything worse developing in the future (such as a venous ulcer) 

If you are considering varicose vein surgery in Buckinghamshire, why not book a private appointment to discuss treatment options with our highly experienced Consultant Vascular Surgeon? 

Varicose vein surgery can be carried out in several ways, but the purpose is always the same; to lower the pressure in the affected vessels so that the superficial veins can reduce in size and become less visible on the leg.

Varicose veins may be treated using:

  • Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy – a chemical is injected into the vein under ultrasound guidance to seal it up.
  • Thermal ablation - a thin, flexible wire is passed into the vein and used to position a special probe. Heat energy is transmitted from this probe to seal the vein up from the inside. Because this approach only requires small incisions in the skin, pain and bruising is reduced, scarring is less visible scarring, and recovery can be faster.
  • Surgical removal (ligation and stripping) of the affected veins
  • Endovenous Laser Ablation Therapy (EVLT) – using ultrasound guidance, a laser fibre is placed in the vein. Laser energy is then used to seal the vein up.

Your consultant will discuss the most suitable treatment option for you during your private appointment once they have carried out a diagnostic ultrasound scan (see section below). 

When you first meet your consultant at The Saxon Clinic, they will talk with you about any symptoms being caused by your varicose veins.

They will carry out a clinical examination of your leg and will then use a duplex ultrasound to determine the location of the leg veins and the speed of the blood flow. This scan helps to confirm the location of the affected veins, so that treatment can be planned.

This will usually be all that is needed to confirm a diagnosis and to plan treatment. Your consultant will explain how the recommended treatment will be done and what to expect from your recovery. If you have any questions or concerns, they will be very happy to discuss these with you during your appointment.

If you choose to go ahead with the surgery, we will get this booked in for you as soon as possible.

Some vascular conditions or symptoms may need additional investigations, to help rule out other causes. MRI can be arranged on-site, while CT will be carried out another venue if it is required.

Sometimes, symptoms that at first seem to be caused by a vascular problem may actually have a different cause. For example, a trapped nerve or arthritic damage may cause overlapping symptoms. If this is suspected, your consultant will refer you to the appropriate on-site specialist for more detailed investigation. 

People living in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas choose to visit The Saxon Clinic for several reasons:

  • Rapid access to an expert – We can book a private appointment for you with an experienced Consultant Vascular Surgeon without delay and at a time that is convenient for you.
  • Fixed-price treatment – We provide clear, fixed pricing for varicose vein surgery so that you won’t have to worry about any unexpected charges.
  • Consultant-led – The Consultant Vascular Surgeon you see for your first appointment is the same one who will carry out your varicose vein surgery. Care is always consultant-led, and you will never have to worry about being treated by a more junior doctor.
  • ‘One-stop’ diagnostic assessment – With a private consultation, diagnostic scan, and decision on a treatment plan available on the same day, you can avoid the need for repeat visits to the hospital. (In fact, after your initial appointment, the next time you see your consultant will be for your actual varicose vein surgery!)
  • Highly experienced staff – If needed, your consultant has fast, simple access to specialists in other areas, including radiology, anaesthetics, and nursing. This ensures you will always see the most appropriate person for your needs.
  • Recommended by patients – In an independent survey, 95.7% of patients  said they were likely or extremely likely to recommend The Saxon Clinic to family and friends.
  • Free parking – Our car park has 101 spaces. Register your car at Reception when you arrive with us, and you won’t need to pay for parking during your visit. 

Specialists offering Vascular surgery

Prof Douglas McWhinnie

Consultant Vascular & General Surgeon


The Saxon Clinic

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Mr Simon Ray-Chaudhuri

Consultant General & Vascular Surgeon


The Saxon Clinic

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