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On Private Healthcare UK, you can find 21 private vascular surgeons and 220 private hospitals offering varicose vein surgery and if you’re paying for yourself, you could expect it to cost between £1,870 and £3,170. We have over 20 years' experience helping people to make the right choice about private healthcare.

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What is varicose vein surgery?

Varicose vein surgery is a treatment for veins that have become enlarged with excess blood. Varicose veins are usually in the feet or legs and are normally harmless. However, they can cause pain or discomfort in the legs or soreness in the skin, in which case varicose vein removal may be preferred. Varicose veins are similar to spider veins or thread veins. Less-invasive varicose veins treatments include sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatment and radiofrequency ablation.
For deep or large veins, varicose vein surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic. For smaller or surface level veins a procedure called a phlebectomy will be performed under a local anaesthetic. Patients either go home the same day or may stay for one night following varicose vein removal. Recovery from varicose vein surgery involves wearing compression stockings and up to three weeks off work. Removing varicose veins does not affect blood flow to the legs.

Should I go private?

Choosing to go private for varicose veins treatment offers the following benefits:

  • Gain access to fast treatment
  • Beat the varicose vein NHS waiting times
  • A choice of when you want to be treated
  • A choice of where to be treated
  • A choice of the consultant or private surgeon
  • Sometimes, access to options which may not be available on the NHS such as varicose vein removal for cosmetic reasons

Private Vascular Specialists  in the UK

The following vascular surgeons perform private varicose vein treatments  in the UK.

David Ratliff

Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon

Northampton

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Tom Browne

Consultant Vascular Surgeon

Essex

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David West

Consultant Interventional Radiologist

Stoke on Trent

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David Greenstein

Consultant Vascular Surgeon

London

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Shane MacSweeney

Associate Professor and Consultant Vascular Surgeon

Nottingham

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Mark Whiteley

Consultant Venous Surgeon and Consultant Phlebologist

London, Guildford and Bristol

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How do I choose a private varicose veins surgeon?

We recommend preparing a list of questions to ask the specialist, you might want to ask:

  • Can you provide a detailed profile of your background, experience and qualifications?
  • When and where did you receive training in vascular surgery?
  • What is your position and role within the NHS?
  • How many varicose vein procedures do you undertake each year?
  • Can I speak to any of your past patients to find out about their experience?
  • How much do you charge for the initial consultation?
  • Will I require a general or local anaesthetic?
  • Will I need to stay overnight in the hospital?

Which hospitals and clinics provide varicose veins treatment?

The following private hospitals and clinics offer private varicose vein removal in the UK.

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How do I choose a private hospital or clinic?

You should compare what the hospitals or clinics have to offer, how they differ, and what sort of philosophy of care they offer. The location of the hospital will play an important role in your choice - search the Private Healthcare UK private hospital database to find hospitals which are within easy travelling distance so that family can visit and you can eliminate any discomfort of long journeys.

How much does varicose vein removal cost?

If you're paying for yourself, a tonsillectomy typically costs. £2,366. (between £1,870 and £3,170) at private hospitals and clinics in the UK. To get a more accurate cost, you can get a personalised quote from Private Healthcare UK.

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What is included in the price?

In most cases, the following is included in the price, but you should double check exactly what is included:

  • All medical and nursing care during your procedure
  • Hospital fees
  • Any drugs that you need while in the hospital
  • Surgeon or consultant fees

The price is normally payable on or before admission to the hospital.

Is my private caricose vein treatments covered by insurance?

If you have health or private medical insurance, you likely covered for varicose vein procedures – you should check with your insurer and get a claim authorised before booking an appointment with a specialist.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

Many private vascular specialists are reluctant to see a patient requiring treatment unless there is a referral letter from your GP and we recommend checking with individual specialists to see if this is required or not. If you do not have a GP, many private hospitals can arrange for you to have an appointment with a private GP in their outpatient department.

The practicalities of going private

Your initial consultation is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about the procedure. You should bring any test results with you so that you won't have to repeat expensive tests or scans - you can get these from your GP. If you are paying for yourself, you should be prepared to pay the consultation fee on the day. If you are insured, remember to bring your registration documents and proof of pre-authorisation.

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Authors and sources

  • Private healthcare information reviewed by Keith Pollard, UK private healthcare expert and Executive Chairman of LaingBuisson International Limited
  • Price range calculated using costs sourced from:

LaingBuisson is the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK government's Office for National Statistics.