Varicose Vein treatments

If you are considering varicose vein treatment in Scotland look no further than The Edinburgh Clinic. At The Edinburgh Clinic you can see a specialist Consultant Vascular Surgeon for an out-patient appointment quickly, allowing you time to discuss your veins and the outcome you would like to achieve with treatment. With our special service, your surgeon will also work with a sub-specialist Consultant Radiologist to assess your venous competency using Doppler ultrasound to help identify what treatment might be most suitable for your individual clinical needs. We offer a range of competitively priced varicose vein treatments, including radiofrequency ablation, surgery, and sclerotherapy, delivered under the care of a specialist Consultant Vascular Surgeon. This excellent range of day-case procedures are delivered without the need for an overnight stay in hospital, with reassuringly excellent nursing care and follow-up after your procedure.

What treatment options are available?

Varicose veins and veins of the legs can be unsightly, and can cause discomfort and skin problems if left untreated. Treatment options at The Edinburgh Clinic include:

  • Venefit™ radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins
  • Open surgery and stripping to remove varicose veins
  • Foam sclerotherapy and micro sclerotherapy for thread and spider veins and blood vessels

Treatments are carried out in our on-site day-case operating theatre without the need for an overnight stay in hospital. Fill out our quick enquiry form for more information.

Want to know more?  Telephone us on 0131 447 2340 or email for general enquiries, prices and appointments. 

What causes varicose veins?

The veins in the leg contain valves, which open and close and aid blood flow towards the heart. These valves can become leaky and fail to properly close, which can allow blood to flow back or 'reflux' in the wrong direction. This is called venous reflux disorder and can often result in varicose veins.

Varicose veins can affect adult men and women of all ages, and there are a number of risk factors, including age, obesity, family history, prolonged standing, heavy lifting and pregnancy.

What symptoms might I experience?

The typical appearance of varicose veins is visible, chunky, bluish veins beneath the surface of the skin. Besides the unwanted cosmetic appearance of varicose veins, they can cause a range of unwanted symptoms in the leg, including:

  • pain
  • heaviness or cramping
  • swelling
  • discomfort or restlessness
  • bruising
  • itching or burning
  • discolouration of the skin
  • ulcers

Our specialist vein team

If you choose private varicose vein treatment at The Edinburgh Clinic, our specialist vein team will manage your care throughout your patient journey with us. An initial appointment will be made for you to see a consultant vascular surgeon for consultation, typically within seven days of contacting the clinic. During this out-patient consultation you can relax within the calming, unique and quality clinical environment at The Edinburgh Clinic. If you choose to progress to treatment, an appointment will be made for you to see a consultant interventional (vascular) radiologist who will perform a thorough clinical investigation of your leg veins using Doppler ultrasound. Your radiologist will work with your vascular consultant to identify the most clinically suitable treatment for you. Our specialist approach to your care comes accompanied as standard by our warm, quality customer service at The Edinburgh Clinic.

The Venefit™ procedure

The Venefit™ procedure, formerly known as VNUS™ Closure, is a minimally invasive technique that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy delivered in a controlled way by a specialist vascular surgeon to heat, collapse and seal varicose veins within the leg.

At The Edinburgh Clinic, The Venefit™ procedure is carried out in our on-site day-case operating theatre by your consultant vascular surgeon. The procedure can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic, depending on your clinical needs identified by your consultant. This modern approach to treating varicose veins results in a walk in, walk out treatment experience. Besides the convenience of day-case treatment, Venefit™ has many other advantages, including:

  • relief of the symptoms of varicose veins
  • less pain than surgical stripping
  • good cosmetic outcome
  • good indications of long-term efficacy
  • typical return to normal activity within a few days of surgery

Following the procedure, the collapsed varicose vein remains within the leg, and blood is routed to the heart through other healthy blood vessels.  Blood then reroutes to the heart through healthy veins. The following diagram illustrates some of the steps of the procedure.

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How to make an appointment

If you choose to self-fund private varicose veins treatment you can self-refer and contact the clinic directly for an appointment with a vascular consultant.

If you choose to use private medical insurance you will require a referral to The Edinburgh Clinic from your GP. We recommend that you check with your insurer whether treatment will be covered by your policy.

A consultation with one of our Vascular Surgeons including an Ultrasound (if required) costs £200.  Treatment starts from £2300 for one leg and £2800 for two legs.

Want to book an appointment?

Call us on: 0131 447 2340