Condition – Varicose veins

Varicose veins

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Varicose veins are large worm like veins bulging out of your leg.  They occur when the delicate valves with in the vein stop working and the blood pools in  the legs making the veins pop out.

True varicose veins are different from  thread or reticular veins


Vein Valves

Apart from being unsightly they can be responsible for your leg aching, itching or throbbing. They play a part in the development of leg ulcerssuperficial thrombophlebitis and can sometime bleed, especially if knocked.

For a detailed review of veins see our earlier blog on varicose veins

There are several ways of treating varicose veins including non surgical options. The surgical procedures available,  including open vein stripping, endovenous thermal ablation (using a laser or radiofreqeuncy) and foam sclerotherapy



Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.


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