Health And Lifestyle For The Over 50s

Varicose Veins Surgery: How Much Does it Cost & What is Involved?

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Varicose veins are swollen, enlarged and twisted blood vessels that have a bluish-purple or red colour.  These veins typically appear in your legs and are raised above the surface.

This condition develops due to damaged or faulty valves in veins. Veins have one-way valves that stop blood from flowing backward. Due to faulty valves, blood begins to collect in the veins and your veins become enlarged and swollen.

Primary Symptoms

The primary symptoms of varicose veins are highly visible veins in your legs area. You may also have:

Severe Symptoms

In severe cases, varicose veins can lead to:

For some people, these veins are just a cosmetic concern. For others, varicose veins can cause pain and can lead to more serious problems.

 “Vein Ligation & Stripping” is a traditional surgery that is used to remove varicose veins by making small incisions and physically pulling the varicose veins out of the body. Now, minimal or non-invasive procedures are available that are performed by making tiny needle-like incisions in the skin.

What is the Cost of Varicose Veins Surgery In The UK?

At private hospitals and clinics in the UK, varicose veins surgery typically costs between £750 and £3,720. This will depend on the type of procedure you have. Generally, sclerotherapy is the cheapest treatment and stripping is the most expensive. We will discuss these in more detail later.

Here is a detailed breakdown of the cost of varicose vein surgery near you.

How much is Varicose Vein Surgery in my area?

Region LowestHighestAverageNo. of Hospitals
North West£1,695
Veincentre Manchester
£3,414
Circle The Highfield Hospital (BMI)
Circle The Alexandra Hospital (BMI)
Circle The Beardwood Hospital (BMI)
Circle The Lancaster Hospital (BMI)
Circle The Beaumont Hospital (BMI)
£2,47516
North East£2,277
Tees Valley Treatment Centre
£3,414
Circle Woodlands Hospital (BMI)
£2,8824
Yorkshire and the Humber£1,695
Veincentre Leeds
£3,414
Circle The Duchy Hospital (BMI)
Circle The Huddersfield Hospital (BMI)
Circle Thornbury Hospital (BMI)
£2,8167
East Midlands£1,695
Veincentre Nottingham
£3,465
Nuffield Health Derby Hospital
£3,3609
West Midlands£785
Nuffield Health Hereford Hospital
£3,700
Nuffield Health Shrewsbury Hospital
£2,67013
East of England£2,305
Fitzwilliam Hospital - Ramsay Health Care UK
£3,665
Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital
£3,09416
London£1,995
Veincentre London
£3,414
Circle The London Independent Hospital (BMI)
£2,1803
South East£1,060
Nuffield Health Oxford Hospital, The Manor
£3,720
Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital
£3,41442
South West£1,695
Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital
Veincentre Bristol
£3,480
Nuffield Health Taunton Hospital
£2,30512
Wales£2,600
Spire Yale Hospital
£2,600
Spire Yale Hospital
£2,6001
Scotland£1,035
Nuffield Health Glasgow Hospital
£3,414
Circle Ross Hall Hospital (BMI)
Circle Kings Park Hospital (BMI)
£2,8254

What Does Varicose Veins Surgery Involve?

Before The Procedure

Your surgeon will perform a physical examination to locate the faulty valves. To get a better view, your surgeon will use an ultrasound device to visualize the affected veins and check for  any blood clots. The surgery will be performed under general anaesthesia or spinal anaesthesia.

During the Procedure

After the Procedure

After the surgery, you may need to wear compression stockings for up to a week.

Recovering from varicose vein stripping will take 2 to 4 weeks. Recovery time will also depend on how many veins were stripped and where they were located.

Other Less Invasive Treatment Options

Endo thermal ablation

One of the first recommended treatments of varicose veins is “endothermal ablation”. This procedure involves energy either from lasers (endovenous laser ablation) or high-frequency radio waves (radiofrequency ablation) to seal the faulty veins.

Endothermal ablation is usually used to treat the deeper veins of the leg.

1. Radiofrequency ablation

2. Endovenous laser ablation

Endovenous laser ablation is similar to radio-frequency ablation, except it utilizes laser energy rather than radio-frequency energy.

Sclerotherapy

This treatment involves injecting special foam or liquid solution called sclerosant into your veins. The injection is directed to the vein using an ultrasound scan. The foam or the liquid solution scars the veins and seals them close, directing blood flow towards healthier veins.

After sclerotherapy, the varicose vein will disappear over time.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

In this procedure, your surgeon will make a small needle-like incision near the vein and remove it through the incision using a special hook. You may need a repeat procedure to get the desired results.

-Ligation & StrippingEndo-thermal AblationSclerotherapyPhlebectomy
Procedure time1 to 2 hour1-2 hours30-40 minutes45-60 minutes
Back home from the hospitalSame daySame daySame daySame day
Full recovery2-4 weeks1-2 weeks12-24 hours1-3 weeks
ScotlandCommon Risk & ComplicationsInfection, heavy bleeding, nerve injury, blood clotsBruising, pain, nerve irritation, numbness, or tinglingBruising, pain, nerve irritation, numbness, or tingling
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Statistics of Varicose Veins Treatment In The UK

According to a questionaire based survey from 178,669 respondents in the UK (1), the percentages of varicose veins treatments are as follows:

Frequently Asked Questions

When you have varicose veins, your blood is unable to correctly flow back toward your heart and pools in the lower body, especially the legs. This condition may lead to the formation of blood clots.

These clots (in the deep vein) can travel through your bloodstream to the lungs, causing life-threatening conditions such as pulmonary embolism (blockage of blood vessels in your lungs). It is the most serious risk of untreated varicose veins.

Removing varicose veins will improve blood flow towards the heart. Your body is naturally adaptive as it diverts the blood flow towards healthy veins and effectively returns blood back to the heart.

Compressions stockings can be very effective in reducing symptoms of varicose veins. By applying direct pressure on default veins, compressions stockings:

  • Improve blood flow
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Prevent blood accumulation

However, these cannot prevent varicose veins. Consult your doctor for an effective treatment plan.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy refers to the removal of bulging small veins through tiny needle-like incisions in the skin. While vein stripping is the surgical removal of greater veins that are not visible on the skin.

Conclusion

In many cases, varicose veins only cause mild discomfort and the symptoms can be managed by maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, avoiding standing for a long period of time and wearing compression stockings. However, in some cases, they may require serious treatment.

Even if your symptoms are not severe, we still recommend you contact your doctor who will advise you on the most appropriate course of action to avoid serious complications in the future.