Microsclerotherapy

Summary

Microsclerotherapy is a technique used to treat spider veins or thread veins of the legs by injecting a liquid into the veins which destroys them and causes them to disappear over time.  It is a relatively straightforward procedure undertaken in our outpatient department.  

This procedure is only used to treat thread or spider veins on the legs or body which are below the heart.  This form of treatment is not suitable for thread veins on the face.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require. If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the consultant best for you. Alternatively, if you have already been diagnosed as needing a particular operation or treatment, our Reservations team can give you a guide price for this to be carried out at KIMS Hospital and book an appointment for you to meet a consultant. Call our sales advisors on 01622 237 727 or email enquiries@kims.org.uk.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself. If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf. If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests). Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further. If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. In most case this will be the fixed price package quoted on this website. If this quote is different for any reason, we will provide an explanation (see what’s included below). This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital. Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

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  • Prices

    The table below shows the approximate price for this treatment, which may vary depending on your individual case (see what’s included below).

    One Leg

    Patient pathwayDiagnostic investigationsMain treatmentPost-discharge careGuide Price
    Hospital fees£166  Doppler ultrasound  £340Included£506
    Guide price£166£340Nil£506

    Both Legs

    Patient pathwayDiagnostic investigationsMain treatmentPost-discharge careGuide Price
    Hospital fees£250  Doppler ultrasound  £440Included£690
    Guide price£250£440Nil£690

     

  • What’s Included

    The fixed price package above includes all the costs associated with this treatment at KIMS Hospital. You will be given a quote prior to admission to confirm this cost. The amount you are quoted may differ from the published price for a number of reasons:

    • The Consultant you choose
    • Your medical history and whether you have any associated medical conditions which may impact this treatment
    • The type of anaesthetic your Consultant advises is best for you
    • The type of implant or drug you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you In some cases, if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions, it may not be possible to provide you with a fixed price for your Main Treatment. If this is the case, the hospital will discuss the available options with you. Your quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

Before treatment is undertaken, patients will have undergone a venous ultrasound scan which will confirm whether there are any hidden, underlying varicose veins which are feeding blood into the tread veins and keeping them open.

Failure to treat the underlying cause of the thread veins will result in a unsuccessful outcome for the majority of patients.

As thread and spider veins are minute, a tiny needle is used to inject small amounts of sclerosant, which is the liquid that destroys the veins.

As soon as the sclerosant is inside the vein, the vein needs to be compressed by taping a swab to the skin and bandaging.

To achieve the best results the treated thread and spider veins need to be continuously compressed for 14 days using compression stockings which will be given at the time of the procedure.

The consultant will advise patients not to remove the compression stockings at all until approximately 15 days post procedure.  If they are removed too early, blood will return into the vein and it will clot leaving brown staining.  The staining can fade over a few months however it can become permanent.

To find out more:

If you would like to come to KIMS, contact our Sales advisors on 01622 237 727 or email enquiries@kims.org.uk.

Our Consultants

  • Mr Noel Wilson

    MBBS, MS, FRCS

    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair
    • Microsclerotherapy
    • Varicose Vein Surgery