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Beach Ready Legs!

Consultant Mr Simon HobbsThe newest minimally invasive treatment option for visible varicose veins enables people to have surgery with greater comfort and less bruising. The VenaSeal Closure system is a new sealing system, involving fewer injections and there is no need to wear compression stockings afterwards. Choosing treatment with a consultant vascular surgeon at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton hospital two months before your holidays, means that you will be back on your feet quickly with beach ready legs!

Varicose veins are caused by a malfunction of valves in the veins. When the valves fail, blood flows backwards and pools in the veins causing a bulging appearance. Sadly for patients, the NHS no longer offers treatment for the majority of patients.  When the vein valves weaken, pooled blood can cause painful and unsightly bulges at the skin’s surface. Symptoms include aching and itching, swelling and restless legs at night and the sensation of throbbing over the vein. If left untreated, this can lead to bleeding, eczema, phlebitis and potentially leg ulcers, which take a long time to heal.

Depending on the type of procedure, surgery can be performed under a local anaesthetic and usually takes around one hour per leg. The National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) advises minimally invasive surgery under local anaesthetic, where patients can walk in and walk out within a couple of hours and quickly return to driving and normal activities. The private facility in Tettenhall is the first hospital in the group of 31 Nuffield Health hospitals to offer the advanced VenaSeal treatment, which uses medical adhesive to safely close diseased veins.

Mr Andy Garnham says: “If you have large veins just under the surface of your skin; mild swelling or itching of your ankles or feet; achy, heavy or throbbing legs, it is advisable to seek a medical examination. At Nuffield Health we are delighted to be able to add the new minimally invasive technique to our other veins procedures, allowing us to provide a bespoke service for each individual patient.”

Mr Simon Hobbs at the Wolverhampton private hospital adds: “Minimally invasive techniques are far better than those used previously where damaged veins were stripped out surgically. We can use radio frequency or endovenous laser ablation, where the damaged vein segment is closed off with radio waves or laser energy or the newest treatment option which uses medical adhesive to seal the impaired vein.”

Consultant vascular surgeons Mr Hobbs and Mr Garnham are hosting a free Varicose Vein Information event which describes all the surgical options: Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital in Wood Road, Tettenhall, 6.30pm on Thursday 27 April, 2017. Places can be reserved by phoning 01902 275867.

For more information please contact Nuffield Health Wolverhampton on 01902 275707 or visit

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