Fulwood Hall Hospital's One Stop Treatment for Varicose Veins
Led by Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Mr Asad Rahi, this service provides a range of treatment options including surgical and non surgical options all of which are competitively priced. Please contact our Hospital Services Advisor by telephoning 01772 707411 for more information or to book an assessment with Mr Rahi.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are veins under the skin of the legs, which have become widened, bulging, and twisted. They are very common and do not cause medical problems in most people. There are two main systems of veins in the legs:
- Deep veins: The leg muscles squeeze the deep veins during walking, carrying most of the blood back up the legs to the heart.
- Superficial veins: These occur under the skin which are less important and can form varicose veins.
All of these veins contain one-way valves to ensure that the blood flows towards the heart. Failure of these valves allows blood to flow backwards down the veins and results in an overload of pressure when standing. This excess pressure leads to widening of the veins so that they do not close properly. Blood then flows back into the leg along these veins and causes varicose veins to develop. Raised pressure in these veins also encourages the development of spider veins and discoloured areas which look like bruises.
What are the symptoms?
Many people have no symptoms at all from their varicose veins, except for the fact that they are noticeable and their appearance can be embarrassing. Other than cosmetic embarrassment, the most common symptoms of varicose veins are aching, discomfort and heaviness of the legs, which are usually worse at the end of the day. Sometimes the ankle can swell, too. These symptoms are not medically serious, but can be treated if they are sufficiently troublesome.