THE VEIN CLINIC by sk:n
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.
“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.