Varicose Veins (VV) are dilated and twisted veins of the leg that can range in severity from
Thread or Spider Veins (also known as telangectasia) to Reticular Veins to Truncal Veins.
VV are extremely common, affecting up to 50% of the adult population.
Some people with VV have no problems with them and so do not seek medical advice.
However, VV can lead to a wide range of medical problems including:
Lower limb symptoms, such as aching, itching or swelling
Skin changes of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) including discolouration and thickening of the skin (lipodermatosclerosis, LDS), varicose eczema and swelling (oedema), especially around the ankle
Ultimately, if left untreated, VV can lead to chronic venous ulceration (CVU).
The key to a successful outcome from VV treatment is a sound understanding of the pattern and severity of disease.
As clinical examination alone can be unreliable, as recommended
all patients at MVC undergo a Venous Duplex Ultrasound Scan
before any treatment is planned or undertaken.
Midland Vein Centres offer four types of treatment for VV:
To download our comprehensive Patient Information Sheet, please click here.
An Overview of Varicose Vein and the Treatments Offered at MVC
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