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Vein Surgery


Whilst non surgical approaches are now the most appropriate treatments for most patients with varicose veins, surgery is still occasionally indicated. Our experienced surgeons will help you choose the best option for you.


By directly removing the vein causing irregular blood flow, we remove the problem from your body and from your mind. If you need a time sensitive solution or have other personal reasons for choosing surgery, you don’t have to worry about varicose veins getting the way of your lifestyle any longer.

Modern non-surgical treatments for varicose veins are more successful and safer than surgery. Our patients are delighted to avoid surgical stripping and literally walk-in, walk-out from treatment with us. With years of experience and excellent results, our friendly Vein Team really enjoy following our patients through their journey from diagnosis to a successful outcome.

Mr Stephen Benson
Breast and Vein Surgeon, General Surgeon
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Varicose veins are caused by inefficient and failing one way valves in your veins, which leads to old vein blood pooling in your leg veins under higher pressure. This venous incompetence leads to poor venous drainage from your legs, which, combined with the higher pressure, leads to injury and inflammation of the veins, and reduced nutrients in the skin. The veins can also become very visible and palpable.


These changes often result in swelling, discolouration, pain, cramp and restless legs, that’s why getting your varicose veins treated can have such a positive impact on your life. With the help of duplex ultrasound scanning (which looks at the blood flow within the veins), we can accurately identify the affected veins that need to be treated.


While most varicose veins will be treated by EVLA or RFA, you might choose to have surgery due to time constraints, personal reasons or the rare occasion that your varicose veins are unsuitable for laser or injection treatments.The team and your surgeon will guide you through the decision making process so that you can decide on the best option for you, and feel confident about taking on vein surgery.Vein surgery rapidly solves the problem of varicose veins by tying off affected veins at its origin and removing the problem causing vein.


The most common reason for the inefficient and failing one way valves in the veins is our genes. We inherit the tendency to leaking valves, which can sometimes be made worse by standing jobs, pregnancy or obesity. Very occasionally varicose veins can follow on from local trauma to the leg, or from deep vein thrombosis. The inflammation and injury in your veins continues to affect more superficial veins, which have thinner walls, and thus increase in size, further damaging the valves that regulate the direction of your blood flow, causing them to fail. This means that varicose veins continue to deteriorate, and never improve on their own.


Following a general anaesthetic, your surgery will take place in the expert hands of your surgeon:


  • The origin of the affected vein is tied off and the leaking vein causing the disruption in blood flow is removed, usually from groin to knee. Small incisions are used to remove the remainder of the varicose veins, after which the main incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches.
  • Local anaesthetic is injected all around the incisions so that your post-op discomfort is minimised as much as possible.
  • We recommend you don’t engage in air travel for two to four weeks afterwards, to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis.
  • After the treatment, you will usually stay in the hospital for one night, before going home to recover. Compression stockings should be worn daily for four to six weeks after treatment, for better recovery. We encourage you to be mobile from day one, but you may need still need to take three to four days off work to allow your body to recover from the whole process.
Why Skin Institute?

Since being established in 1994, Skin Institute has had years of experience diagnosing and treating vein conditions, helping thousands of people every year to feel more confident and comfortable in their skin.

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