Rapid Relief from Varicose Veins with VenaSeal

10 Aug 2018

Published in: Member News

Consultant Mr Simon HobbsThe newest minimally invasive treatment option for visible varicose veins enables people to have their veins treated with much greater comfort and less bruising. The VenaSeal Closure system is a new sealing system using medical grade superglue, involving many fewer injections and is relatively painless. Choosing private treatment with a consultant vascular surgeon at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton hospital, means that you can be sorted out in one visit and will be back on your feet quickly!

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. Both men and women with varicose, or spider veins, often experience cramping or aching in the legs. 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.

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.  There are a number of surgical treatments to remove problem veins which will put an end to vein pain symptoms. Depending on the type of procedure, it can be performed under a local anaesthetic and usually takes around one hour per leg. Over a year ago, the private facility in Tettenhall was 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 on a walk in/walk out basis.

Mr Andy Garnham says: "Many people don't realise they have varicose veins. 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. A special scan of your veins will help diagnose the condition. 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 a generation ago where damaged veins were stripped out surgically. Nowadays we use radio frequency or endovenous laser ablation, where the damaged vein segment is closed off with radio waves or laser energy. More recently we can now offer the newest treatment option which uses medical adhesive to seal the impaired vein. "

Consultant vascular surgeons Mr Hobbs and Mr Garnham are hosting  free Varicose Vein Information events which describes all the surgical options. These will be at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital in Wood Road, Tettenhall, 6.30pm on Thursday 4th October and Thursday 15th November, 2018. Places can be reserved by phoning 01902 275867.

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