Woodlands HospitalMorton Park, Darlington, County Durham, DL1 4PL Directions
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Varicose vein treatment
Varicose veins won’t go away without medical intervention, and although they may not cause you problems symptomatically, you may be worried about the aesthetic appearance of them, especially as they can get more prominent over time.
This can affect your confidence and self-image and may affect your quality of life. If you would like an expert opinion from our specialist vascular consultants at Woodlands, why not book an appointment at your earliest convenience to talk about your options?
With rapid diagnosis and fast access to treatment, Woodlands is the right choice for patients looking for varicose vein treatment in Darlington, County Durham or North Yorkshire.
We also see patients with arterial diseases, such as arterial claudication, which presents as pain in the muscles of your leg when walking, typically in the calf, coming on after you have walked a certain distance and making you stop due to the pain.
This is caused by a blockage of the blood vessels, and the muscles not getting enough blood and oxygen. These are the sorts of symptoms and conditions that our vascular surgeons have been treating at Woodlands for over 15 years.
Radiofrequency ablation (also known as a VNUS or Venefit procedure) is one of the commonest treatments we offer at Woodlands and is fully in line with the current NICE guidelines for the management of varicose veins. This involves an injection of local anaesthetic, usually around the knee, before treating the vein that pressurises the varicose veins. This takes the tension off the varicose veins and allows them to shrink back to their normal size.
Foam sclerotherapy is another potential treatment for varicose veins, and involves injecting a solution directly into the blood vessels under ultrasound control which seals them up. Some patients aren’t suitable for a local anaesthetic treatment, so an operation under general anaesthetic can be considered, where the vein itself is disconnected and removed, usually through the back of the knee or the groin. Diagnostic scans at the initial consultation will help your consultant determine which treatment is most appropriate for you, and you can decide how you wish to proceed.
They will also perform a physical examination, looking at any physical symptoms you have described, usually followed by an ultrasound scan. The ultrasound scan can be done there in the consultation room, without the need to go to our Imaging Services unit. This scan tends to indicate the best treatment plan for your individual needs, and your consultant can guide you through all your available options.
For patients with suspected arterial disease, an MRI or CT scan is used to assess the arteries, allowing your consultant to see if surgery is required, or if the issue will resolve itself with some lifestyle changes and medication. Any prescriptions can be collected from our dedicated on-site pharmacy, saving you further unnecessary trips.
Sometimes, your leg pain may indicate other concerns, such as spinal problems or joint issues. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, we work collaboratively with spinal and orthopaedic surgeons for diagnosis. This means your consultant may send you for further diagnostic scans if they believe you may have other issues, and this could take the form of an x-ray, MRI or CT scan, all of which can be performed on-site at our Imaging Services unit. Whoever you see, your treatment is always consultant led and consultant delivered, ensuring a high level of specialised care throughout your visit.
Day case varicose vein treatments have been offered at Woodlands for over 15 years, resulting in a slick process from start to finish. With a pre-assessment done over the phone, patients are then seen and measured for their compression stockings in clinic. Treatment itself takes around 40 minutes, followed by a short period of observation. All in all, patients tend to be on-site for roughly 2 hours, making this an efficient option for suitable candidates.