Bruce Braithwaite is a Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon in Nottingham. He provides a range of treatments for varicose veins, including Endovenous Ablation, Varicofoam and avulsions.
Mr Braithwaite is a specialist in treating patients with Arterial and Venous Disease including varicose veins. He has been treating patients with varicose veins since 1992 and has been a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Nottingham University Hospital since 2000. He treats, on average, 40 people per month in both the NHS and independent healthcare sectors.
Qualifications and experience
Mr Braithwaite trained in Cambridge, London, Oxford and the USA. He was awarded Master of Surgery (Cambridge University), Master of Arts (Cambridge University), Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (Cambridge University), Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and Fellowship in General Surgery awarded by the English, Irish and Scottish Colleges of Surgery
Mr Braithwaite conducts research into varicose vein treatments and has pioneered the use of keyhole techniques for treating veins. He has been invited to talk about his work in America, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the UK. He led a European Team that introduced the Olympus RFiTT keyhole technique.
He is a Council Member of the Venous forum of the Royal Society of Medicine. and is Specialist Adviser to NICE’s Interventional Procedures Programme (2011-2014). He is a Founder Member of the International Society for Vascular Surgery, Medical Director for Trent and Lincoln Health, Director of Operations for Alliance Surgical plc and Clinical Lead for the Cardiac, Vascular and Respiratory Department at Nations Healthcare, Nottingham.
Private varicose vein and spider vein treatment in Nottingham
Mr Braithwaite offers the following procedures for varicose vein and spider vein treatment:
Endovenous Ablation is the name for a new technique to remove varicose veins by heat sealing. A fine tube (catheter) is threaded up the diseased vein and heat is used to seal the walls of the vein so that no blood can flow through it. The operation can be done under local and general anaesthetic (asleep) depending on your preference. Read more about Endovenous Ablation.
Varicofoam is a form of sclerotherapy used to remove varicose veins. Using a special ultrasound machine (Duplex Scanner), Mr Braithwaite will identify the veins in the leg that have blood flowing in the wrong direction. With the use of local anaesthesia, A small needle is put into the affected vein and a small amount of a chemical called a sclerosant (Fibrovein) is injected. Read more about Varicofoam.
Avulsions is the name of the technique for removing lumpy varicose veins that cannot be treated by endovenous ablation or traditional surgery alone. Avulsions can be performed under general and local anaesthesia. Avulsions are normally done as part of another procedure such as traditional surgery or EVA but can be the only part of an operation. Read more about avulsions.
Sclerotherapy for spider veins
Sclerotherapy is a technique for the removal of spider veins. Mr Braithwaite uses one of two solutions called sclerosants. Both contain an irritant chemical that, when injected into the vein, cause inflammation to the lining of the vein. The walls of the vein then stick together and the blood stops flowing through them. After the injections, you may be asked to wear a pair of surgical stockings to help squash the vein. Read more about sclerotherapy for spider veins.
The traditional 'high tie' operation is the most frequently performed operation in the NHS. The operation is normally done when you are asleep with a General Anaesthetic or under spinal or epidural anaesthetic. The technique used by Mr Braithwaite involves a cut in the crease of the groin. The long saphenous vein (the main vein causing the varicose veins) is then removed using a special device. Read more about traditional surgery.
Accreditation and admitting rights at private hospitals
Mr. Bruce Braithwaite is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including BMI Hospitals.
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