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Introducing the Vein Clinic by sk:n, based at our clinics 
at Birmingham Harborne Road, Nottingham Mapperley Park and Wolverhampton Compton Road, treating patients with Varicose Veins from across the Midlands. 

The Vein Clinic is committed to offering you expert advice, the most advanced care, and treatments that will really work for you. 

Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and our expert medical team you can feel rest assured that we use the latest clinically proven products and technologies to ensure the very best results for you. 

Consultant Vascular Surgeon Dr Simon Hobbs heads up our Birmingham and Wolverhampton clinics.


At sk:n, we don’t just focus on the surface signs of varicose veins; we are committed to eradicating the underlying cause of the veins minimising the risk of them ever coming back.

Comprehensive diagnostic tests and detailed scans are carried out by our Consultant Vascular Surgeon at our specialist state-of-the-art clinics to ensure we get the best results for you.

The treatment we offer for varicose veins is called Radio Frequency Ablation, which is the most advanced and effective procedure available. It is minimally invasive and involves stopping blood from flowing through the varicose vein by sealing it, then redirecting the blood through healthier veins.

Varicose vein removal is available at our clinics in Birmingham Harborne Road, Wolverhampton Compton Road and Nottingham Mapperley Park.


When looking at possible treatments for varicose veins it is important to ensure that the source of the problem is identified and that treatment is directed at this underlying cause; as well as the visible varicose veins. Failure to deal with  the root of the problem leads to high rates of varicose vein recurrence.

At sk:n, you will first attend an initial consultation, which involves a detailed ultrasound to identify the problematic vein. Very often this can be found in the thigh area, which then causes the lower veins to bulge and cause discomfort.

Treatment of varicose veins involves stopping the blood from flowing through it by sealing the vein off so that your blood is redirected through healthier veins.

At  sk:n we use radio frequency ablation, known to be the most advanced technology to treat varicose veins. This is a minimally invasive procedure, which requires only a local anaesthetic. Patients are able to walk out of the clinic straight after treatment, many returning to work the same day or the day after.

Endothermal Ablation

“This is the most popular treatment that we offer and is the treatment recommended as the most effective by NICE.” says Consultant Vascular Surgeon Mr Hobbs.

He continues “It works by using heat energy to seal off the veins that feed the varicose veins. The two most popular methods of doing this are radiofrequency ablation (Venefit™) and laser (EVLT). My preference is for radiofrequency ablation as I believe this gives the best results and causes less bruising and pain.”

Endothermal ablation is performed in a treatment room under local anaesthetic, usually takes less than one hour to perform and produces excellent results

Mr. Hobbs continues “In a typical case, a small tube is inserted into the great saphenous vein on the inside of the knee and the fine Venefit™ catheter is inserted into this vein and carefully positioned just before this vein enters the main deep vein in the groin. As this is performed under detailed ultrasound control I can be certain that the diseased vein is specifically targeted. Once the catheter has been placed, I inject fluid containing local anaesthetic around this vein so that the heating of the vein is completely painless. The Venefit™ catheter is connected to a radio frequency generator which heats the tip of the catheter as it is slowly withdrawn causing the vein to shrink and block off so that blood is unable to flow back down this vein into the varicose veins.”

The majority of our clients will see an instant improvement in the symptoms. There is occasional bruising which will depend upon the severity of the veins being treated but very often this will calm down over a few days. Within 2 weeks’ complete results can be seen and measured and a follow up consultation with Mr. Hobbs will be arranged to review the treatment and your results.



For some of our patients the varicose veins are not just a visible issue. Pain, throbbing and heavy aching in the legs are common complaints. Again this has an impact on what they are then able to do physically. Treatment at the Vein Clinic at sk:n can give these patients a new lease of life, enabling them to get back into the sport they loved or just able to get back from work at night and not be in pain.

Whilst we do not wish to scare patients who are just starting to see varicose veins appear, untreated varicose veins can lead to more serious issues which can include bleeding, thrombophlebitis, varicose eczema and in severe cases, leg ulcers. Whilst these complications are not common it is important to be aware of the potential issues as treating the veins and removing the underlying cause significantly reduces the chance of these complications occurring.

For many people who suffer with varicose veins it is the visible signs that have the greatest impact on them. Consultant Vascular Surgeon at sk:n, Simon Hobbs comments:

“I see many women coming into see me who talk about being unable to show their legs in the summer, always having to wear trousers instead of dresses and feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious on holiday or when playing sport. For the majority of patients I have treated, the removal of the varicose veins has a great impact on their lives and they look forward to being able to bare their legs in public with confidence.”

Learn more about Varicose Vein Removal


Consultation £150

Ultrasound £99

After-Treatment Review with Ultrasound FREE

Single Leg Treatment from £2,375

Two Leg Treatment from £2,950



At your consultation, we will talk to you about your veins, find out how long you have been suffering and the issues surrounding them. We will then carry out a duplex ultrasound scan which provides us with a detailed picture of the veins and the blood flow in your legs.


Varicose vein removal at sk:n is pain free because your doctor will numb the area with local anaesthetic. This also means that you will recover faster and avoid many of the risks involved with having a general anaesthetic, which is required for alternative Varicose Vein Removal.


The results of Varicose Vein Removal at sk:n are generally very good. Studies have shown that the vein is sealed up in nearly everyone who has this procedure (90-100 out of 100 people).


At the end of your procedure, your leg will be bandaged and you’ll be able to walk out of the clinic around half an hour after your procedure; once we have checked your blood pressure and bandages. You should not drive home and we advise that you do not drive for at least 48 hours after your treatment.

Your leg will probably be uncomfortable and slightly swollen the morning after the procedure. Simple painkillers are usually all that are required.

You will be asked to wear the bandage for 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. You should then remove the bandage and wear the fitted support stocking. We recommend a minimum of three 20 minute walks each day after the procedure. Avoid strenuous exercise for a few days and then gradually build up the amount you do.

You should avoid long haul travel (out of Europe) for at least four weeks after your procedure.


Varicose veins can reoccur because the underlying weakness in the vein valves may result in further varicose veins in the future. However, the overall risk of recurrence is very low.


Please complete the below form and select a time you would like one of our sk:n advisers to call you back to arrange your consultation.

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