Nottingham's pioneer of research into varicose vein treatment, Consultant Vascular Surgeon Mr Bruce Braithwaite has a specialist private clinic at the hospital to offer the best and latest minimally invasive vein treatments, using his specialist expertise gained over the past 20 years.
Walk in, walk out treatments
We can now offer a virtually pain-free treatment with very little inconvenience using our minimally invasive and keyhole techniques. In most cases patients can go back to work the next day and back to exercise and sport the next week.
Treatments available for:
For varicose veins
Endovenous ablation (VNUS or Laser) – a form of heat-sealing treatment using a fine tube, threaded up through the vein.
Avulsion – removal of the vein through a series of small (about 1mm) incisions in the skin.
Varicofoam – injection of a chemical compound that pushes the blood out of the vein and then treats the lining. Note: all these treatments can be done under a local or general anaesthetic.
For thread (‘spider’) veins
Sclerotherapy – a tiny needle is used to inject a chemical compound to collapse the vein and stop blood flowing through it.
For pelvic veins
Embolisation– It is estimated that one third of women will experience chronic pelvic pain, often due to hard to detect varicose veins in the pelvis. Embolisation offers a safe, minimally invasive treatment that restores patients to normal.
For forehead veins
Forehead veins can often be successfully ligated by tying off the vein through two small incisions in the temporal hairline.
Prior to any treatment we advise all patients to have an ultrasound scan in order to clearly identify the veins to be treated. A scan is usually arranged on the same day as your initial consultation.
Frequently asked questions:
Will the treatment hurt?
Most treatments are carried out under local anaesthetic, so there is no pain during the procedure. In some cases patients experience a small amount of discomfort afterwards.
Are there any side effects?
There can be swelling and bruising, but these should only last 1 to 2 weeks.
How quickly will I see a difference?
The majority of our patients will see an improvement straight away.
Will I need to stay overnight?
Most procedures are carried out under local anaesthetic, meaning the patient can go home the same day.
Will the Veins come back?
It is not possible to cure varicose veins. About 1 in 3 people have a tendency to have varicose veins and they often run in the family. After treatment about 1 in 3 people will develop more varicose veins after 5 years, but these can also be treated.
How long before I can fly?
You should ask your surgeon, but most people can fly within a week or 2 of any procedure.
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
Varicose veins can often be seen on the skin.
Other common symptoms include:
- Aching legs, especially after sitting or standing for a long time
- Throbbing or cramping
- An itchy or irritated rash
- Restless legs.
Will I still be able to exercise?
For most people, recovery time is quick and exercise can begin again after about 7 days.
Will there be any scars?
Some treatments involve making small incisions (about 1mm), which can leave small scars, but these are barely visible.
Can I go in the sun?
Yes, unlike laser treatments, the methods used at the hospital mean you can go in the sun as soon as you wish
How long will I need to have off work?
This will depend upon th sort of job you do, but most patients are back to normal activity either the same day or within 2 or 3 days.
How much will it cost?
Our treatments start from £260.
Our patient-focused service is of the highest quality throughout, from the initial consultation where we agree your tailored treatment plan, to the scan and finally, the treatment carried out by Bruce Braithwaite.