Ive really bad varicose veins in my shin and foot I can't walk very far as the pain is bad I went to a&e and was seen by a nippy vascular surgeon I wasn't happy with his opinion and I went to see a different one who has gave me injections to stop the veins swelling and pooling but he said that surgery is no longer available on the nhs what can I do
Hello –the NHS does not remove Varicose Veins (VV) for cosmetic reasons from what you have said this is not your case. That said there are a number of ways to treat VV, many of which are to close the vain but to leave them in your legs. The removal of VV in lets say the ‘Old fashion way’ is indeed less common as newer ways of treating this issue are available and this older way of removing veins will now really only be done if these newer methods are not suitable for you. You went on to receive Sclerotherapy? (This is not one of the newer methods, but is used to treat VV). This treatment involves injecting a foam (or another substance) into your veins. The foam scars the veins, which seals them closed. Your VV should begin to fade after a few weeks as other veins take over the role of the injected veins, which is no longer filled with blood. You may require treatment more than once before the vein fades and there is a chance that the vein may reappear. If you have ANY concerns over the treatment you have had done already please go and see your GP – Take care.
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