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The Private Clinic describes a number of treatments available for varicose veins.

A closer look at Vein Stripping and alternative treatments for Varicose Veins.


What is Vein Stripping?

Vein stripping is a surgical procedure used to treat varicose veins that involves ligation (to tie up the end of the vein) and phlebectomy (surgical excision/removal of a vein) as part of the vein stripping procedure. It is an invasive and older procedure that has lost favour among many people because of the rise in less invasive procedures, like EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation), Sclerotherapy and the confusingly titled Phlebectomy – a specialised and advanced vein removal procedure. With several treatments on offer to treat Varicose Veins, it can be hard to wade through all the information about each treatment, understanding the benefits and drawbacks with each one.

So, you have Varicose Veins. What do you do now? Follow our handy step-by-step guide to Varicose Vein Treatments.

Step 1 – Find out more about Varicose Veins

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 25% of adults around the world have some type of venous disorder in the legs. As many as 3 in 10 adults in the UK will be affected by Varicose Veins so they are more common than many of us think. Varicose veins are typically in the legs but they can also cause problems and a great deal of discomfort in the pelvic region for females and scrotum for males. Many people are also troubled by visible veins in the face.

Varicose Veins are not just a cosmetic issue. They can cause considerable discomfort for those affected and can pose health concerns in the long-term. There are a number of procedures out there to treat varicose veins. The most common are EVLA, Sclerotherapy, Phlebectomy and Vein Stripping for standard Varicose Veins. We only offer EVLA, Sclerotherapy and Phlebectomy.

Step 2 – Consult your GP

As with many medical conditions, a visit to the GP is the first step for most people but one that a surprising amount of people bypass. Your GP may not offer you the treatment but he can help advise you on the potential treatments.

Step 3 – Find out even more about Varicose Veins

You may think you know lots and lots but there’s usually always more to know and the best patient is an informed patient. It can be a maze of information, with clinics, doctors and surgeons pushing their procedures – leaving many unsure about the upsides and downsides to each procedure. At The Private Clinic, they specialise in minimally invasive procedures with as little downtime and discomfort as possible, which is why we offer the EVLA, Phlebectomy and Sclerotherapy procedures to treat Varicose Veins. Look into the possible risks and complications. Ask your clinic all about their experience, making sure you ask how often they perform the procedure.

Step 4 – Call or email us for more info

The staff at The Private Clinic are on hand to help and guide you through the possible treatment process so please do call or email us. It is always important to take your time with any decision and we positively encourage this. Of course, if your varicose veins are causing you considerable comfort we will bear this in mind when working on your treatment plan and can act quickly to help you.

You can call or email the clinic to book a consultation with their surgeons, who will be performing the procedure. If you would prefer to gather more information first, you can always see one of their Patient Advisors, who have a lot of knowledge and advice about the procedure for free. However, you wish to contact them, you can talk through the procedure, medical team, costs and aftercare to ensure you know as much as possible before signing anything.

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