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to ask if any one has had their varicose veins treated privately? and ask for experiences please?

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BeverlyMaccer Mon 27-Jun-16 17:53:29

have had horrible varicose veins in one of my legs since having dc3, my own gp wont refer me as its cosmetic (even though I am in pain with them too :/ ) I really want them sorted as i am only 36 and I am sick of covering my legs up all the time as they are pretty good apart from that :/

I have been looking online and so far been quite impressed with the vein centre ( ) , have also considered Spire as have had other treatment there and found them really good

the vein centre is probably my preferred choice so far though as it seems that they only specialise in vein treatment, so was wondering if any one had been there

would like some other recommendations though if possible please smile

and if anyone could tell me what was the recovery like, and how good were the results, and what did it cost? cant really afford more than about 3k so I think I will have to forget it if its much more

sue51 Mon 27-Jun-16 18:59:57

I've had mine removed a few months ago.,It was only 20 minutes in the theatre (one leg only) , it was uncomfortable during surgery , I felt lots of pulling but not painful. After surgery I had a cup of tea and a biscuit then DH drove us home. I was up and about immediately there was a small amount of discomfort during the first week but that went away after the bandages were removed. I never needed any painkillers. My leg looked a bit battered and bruised for the first 2 or 3 weeks but that faded.I paid £2500 at a BUPA hospital and it was money well spent as my leg looks great.

BeverlyMaccer Mon 27-Jun-16 19:09:07

oh that sounds great sue

glad you had a good experience, and 2.5k isn't too bad

have heard stories of people going for "consultations" after seeing reasonable treatment prices on the website and it ending up about 8k shock

Hughpughbarneymagrew Mon 27-Jun-16 19:18:38

I had mine done(both legs) by Spire about 5 years ago. I think it cost a bit over 1500. It was totally worth it. I stayed in overnight because I was in surgery late afternoon. Discharged the following day with codeine, paracetamol and ibuprofen and instructions to stay mobile.

Had one week off work. Kept feet elevated at desk in the office and at home for another couple of weeks. I don't recall it hurting particularly badly - I only bothered to take the codeine for a couple of days I think. I was fine with the milder pain killers after that.

Hughpughbarneymagrew Mon 27-Jun-16 19:20:23

Oh, and initially I had lots of little purple scars all over my legs. They faded to white scar tissue over the following twelve months. Now you can only see them if I have tan.

SquinkiesRule Mon 27-Jun-16 20:06:37

I had mine injected privately, The doctor who did it did veins and lazer treatments all day every day, they weren't not surgically striped needing a trip to theater. It was all spider veins. some were starting to get larger, but no pain. It took about 30 mins total, and I was back to normal in a couple of days once all the cotton balls and tape were pulled off. It lasted nearly 15 years (I lived in shorts), before I have noticed the spider veins coming back again. I'd love to do it again.

Backingvocals Mon 27-Jun-16 20:10:50

I had laser treatment on my terrible varicose veins about 5 years ago. Tbh it was a waste of time. They are back and as bad as ever.

sue51 Mon 27-Jun-16 20:48:24

I forgot to mention I had laser treatment along with vein stripping.

ijustdontknowanymore Mon 27-Jun-16 21:45:16

I had mine done around 10 years ago now, here: I would really recommend them - my doctor was lovely and as they specialise in treating veins you know you're in experienced hands. Recovery wise I think I had to wear support stockings for around a week, there was some general discomfort but nothing major. My varicose veins have started to come back again (unfortunately I'm just genetically pre-disposed to them, I first had them done at the age of 18) so I will definitely go back to the Vein Care Centre. I would 100% say it's worth it, just to have the confidence to wear shorts and skirts again. Good luck OP :-)

BeverlyMaccer Tue 28-Jun-16 09:55:29

thanks all flowers

tbh I would be happy if they stayed away even for ten years, cant see myself in mini skirts after then tbh grin

five years is a bit rubbish though backing sad sorry to hear that!

will have a look at that link ijust

any more suggestions / experiences welcome!

BeverlyMaccer Thu 30-Jun-16 09:05:49


CantChoose Thu 30-Jun-16 09:20:06

Sounds like you've done plenty of research already but just as it hasn't been mentioned, make sure you're certain you've completed your family - If not its best to wait until you have or you'll probably end up paying out again... X

BeverlyMaccer Thu 30-Jun-16 15:46:07

oh definitely cantchoose

its having the kids that caused the bloody things I had lovely legs before :D

allnewredfairy Thu 30-Jun-16 17:03:26

Had mine stripped once privately in a local BUPA hospital and twice on NHS. Wish I hadn't bothered as more have popped up over the years. There wasn't a great difference in care between private and NHS except nicer food but we are talking over 10 years ago now.

Highlandfling80 Thu 30-Jun-16 17:04:06

Interested as I have them on one leg too. Cosmetically I am not bother but I am experiencing some discomfort in that area.crazy is your pain like op please.

BeverlyMaccer Fri 01-Jul-16 10:04:02

see I would happily have gone nhs If they would have done it, but they don't do it now unless they are really bad and/or causing life threatening issues like blood clots or what ever

I have my consultation on 16 july, so excited. have decided to go with the vein centre, it will be about 2.5k but that includes everything including any follow up treatments

I don't care if only lasts a few years, it will still be well worth a few years of actually being able to get my legs out <shallow>

thanks again for the posts, if anyone else wants to share any experiences please do smile

ijustdontknowanymore Fri 01-Jul-16 10:53:47

Good luck OP - I hope it goes well for you! What type of treatment are you having? Laser/stripping etc?

BeverlyMaccer Fri 01-Jul-16 15:42:18

It's called EVLT

Stands for endovenous laser therapy, it's meant to be safer and more effective than traditional stripping

Basically a laser fibre is Inserted into the veins and it heats and destroys them

<tries not to think about actual reality of that> grin

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