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Varicose veins
What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins occur when there is a fault in the one way valves inside the veins.
These veins normally only allow blood to flow back to the heart.
If the valves are not working correctly, when you stand the blood flows the wrong way. This causes an increase in pressure inside the vein which streches and becomes swollen.


Symtoms of varicose veins may include aching, itching, throbbing, skin discolorations and/or ulceration, thrombophlebitis, (clotting and inflammation of the veins), and occasionally bleeding from the veins if knocked

What are  the treatment options?

It is not always necessary to carry out treatment of varicose veins.

Treatment options for symptomatic varicose veins include

Futher information
The information contained on this website is intended as a guide only, it is not intended to substitute for medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.
Please see your doctor with any questions regarding personal health or medical conditions

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Radio frequency ablation
Foam Sclerotherapy
Varicose vein surgery
The wearing of compression hoisery to help with the symptoms of varicose veins

At this time this radio frequency ablation is not available on the NHS in Gloucestershire.

Link to NICE Guidance for patients.  Varicose veins in the legs. Published July 2013