• Overview

At the Vein Clinic 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 identify and treat the veins that are causing the varicose veins

The first step to beautiful legs starts now; book a consultation  and find out how easy it could be to banish those Varicose Veins and restore your legs to their former beauty.

At the 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. 

We will then discuss with you the next steps, the treatment we recommend and the expected result 
you will get. 

From then its simply a process of booking your treatment and then start looking forward to flashing 
your pins!

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that bulge out from the surface of your leg. They appear as quite thick, blue, raised veins. They are not harmful, but can become quite uncomfortable causing tired, aching and even throbbing or itchy legs.

Surprisingly up to 40% of the population suffer with varicose veins.


What causes Varicose Veins?

Normal, healthy veins become varicose veins when the valves within the vein start to fail.  Valves within a vein ensure that your blood keeps flowing through your veins in the right direction.  When these valves fail they cause the blood flowing through them to collect in the vein rather than move through it.  This collection of blood in the vein, exasperates the condition by causing the vein to expand and swell, and eventually causing it to bulge.

Mr Simon Hobbs comments “The cause of the valve failure is not fully understood but I see this commonly occurring in people with other family members who also suffer with varicose veins suggesting that some are hereditary. People with jobs that involve sitting or standing for long periods appear to be particularly affected and factors such as pregnancy and the effects of female hormones may explain why women are more likely to suffer.”

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Why should I have my 
Varicose Veins treated?

For many people who ‘suffer’ with varicose veins it is the visible signs that have the greatest impact on them; Mr 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.”
why have varicose veins treated?

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.

Treatment at

When looking at possible treatments of Varicose Veins Mr. Hobbs is always keen to ensure that the source of the problem is identified and that treatment is directed at the 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.

Mr Hobbs comments 
“Treating the source of the varicose vein is crucial to ensuring a good outcome for our patients. In the initial consultation a detailed ultrasound will be carried out to identify the vein, very often in the thigh area that is causing the lower veins to bulge and cause discomfort. If left untreated this vein will continue to cause problems and varicose veins will simply re-appear over time.” 


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 Mr Hobbs uses radio frequency ablation, known to be the most advanced technology to treat varicose veins. This is a minimally invasive procedure, carried out in our clinic, 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 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.”

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Endothermal ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed in a treatment room under local anaesthetic, usually takes less than 1 hour to perform and produces excellent results with quick return to normal activities.

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.

Consultation Prices

Your consultation will be with our Consultant Vascular Surgeon Mr. Simon Hobbs and includes:
  •  A full clinical examination of the veins you have concerns about
  •  A Duplex diagnostic ultrasound to understand the underlying problem causing the Varicose Vein
The scan will then enable Mr. Hobbs to explain the cause of the problem and help you to understand the treatment options available to you. During the consultation you will be able to ask as many questions as you have and from this consultation you will come out with a detailed treatment plan and quotation. 


Varicose Vein Removal Consultation & Review







After-Treatment Review with Ultrasound



Varicose Vein Removal Prices

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Single Leg Treatment from   £2375
Two Leg Treatment from   £2950
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