Why a Specialist
For decades traditional surgery had been considered 'The Gold Standard' of treatment for varicose veins. Older, traditional and non specialist surgeons tend to perform traditional surgery for varicose veins, rather than the more advanced, more convenient and less painful techniques that are more usually carried out by a Modern Vascular Specialists.
Nowadays, most Specialists in vascular and varicose vein surgery consider that there is no single technique that suits all types of varicose vein. There are a variety of new techniques some of which are suitable, and some that are not, depending on the configuration of venous disease. In general, 'Endovenous Ablation' provides a much better treatment than traditional surgery. For the patient it gives a better, tailored, result. In most cases Endovenous treatment can be performed with minimal risk, minimal pain, and minimal inconvenience. It has become the new 'Gold Standard'.
Endovenous techniques can involve thermal ablation using Laser (Laser veins) or by radiofrequency coils (RF Ablation), or non-thermal ablation using injected or catheter directed chemical sclerosant, or Bioglue. Treatment is guided by live ultrasound during the procedure so the Specialist can see which veins are being treated, and can ensure that the ones causing the problem are properly treated. Endovenous Ablation, whether by thermal or non-thermal techniques, causes less pain and bruising than traditional surgery allowing an earlier return to work (perhaps even the same day), and less nerve injury causing prolonged or permanent numbness to some skin areas of the leg. The procedures are easily tolerated by patients of all ages under local anaesthetic with injections only.
Specialists perform surgery only when the veins need it, and in the vast majority of cases, varicose veins can be treated by less invasive, endovenous, procedures under local anaesthetic. Only specialists offer all forms of treatment and therefore can provide the right treatment for you to give the best result for you.
Many non vascular specialist surgeons carry out varicose vein surgery as a side-line to their main business. For Vascular Specialists, Vascular and Vein Surgery IS their business.