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varicose veins

(8 Posts)
Lincslass Fri 06-Aug-21 08:37:38

You’ll be very lucky if you can get them done under the NHS. We used to do it on a twice weekly basis, not anymore. Now you have to jump through many hoops, according to my GP, to get them done. Yet sister in Germany had them done in January.

mokryna Fri 06-Aug-21 01:35:23

I had my veins stripped over 25 years ago, which helped a lot with the pain. Before Covid I used to have injections every couple of years and I may go back. However because I was a teacher and standing nearly all the time I also wear elastic tights as my legs swell. I am allowed six free pairs a year in the French system.

DiscoDancer1975 Thu 05-Aug-21 16:47:55

I’ve had surgery in the past, when it was on the NHS. All very successful. Now I just need injections every few years, which I pay for privately. With covid, haven’t had any treatment for about 3 years. Was normally yearly, then went down to alternate years. The last time I paid about £400. The worst thing is anti embolism stockings have to be on for around six weeks. If you go in the winter, it’s generally bearable.

Pittcity Thu 05-Aug-21 15:57:24

My GP said the same fevertree. I have learned to live with them.

fevertree Thu 05-Aug-21 14:44:01

I have dreadful varicose veins (on one leg only) and they do bother me with some discomfort and a feeling of heaviness. My GP says it is a cosmetic operation and cannot be done on the NHS. I investigated the cost of private treatment and it is around £3000 which is a fair sum to spend if it is "cosmetic".

JaneJudge Thu 05-Aug-21 14:30:27

There are different options now but as far as I know you have to seek private treatment. However I would advise you to speak with your GP first.

Esspee Thu 05-Aug-21 11:14:08

It was quite a while ago but I was home the same day and had to keep off my feet as much as possible for a few weeks. I went back to work after a few days and kept the leg propped up on my desk drawer. You need to wear a compression stocking which was uncomfortable. I had recently lost my husband so was on my own so I probably did more than I should have. I remember thinking I should sleep downstairs but didn’t.
Worth it though.

Chloejo Thu 05-Aug-21 10:34:02

i hate my legs but scared to have veins done and if the operation is successful anyone had their veins done and how was it advice please