Varicose veins

At The London Clinic our expert consultants are able to offer the latest techniques in treating varicose veins.

Varicose veins form when the one-way valves of the leg veins fail to prevent back-flow of blood. 

Vein walls become stretched and the valve is no longer able to close properly. 

As a result, there is pooling of blood in the leg veins near to the skin, and they become visible as bulging blue or purple veins.


For some people, varicose veins present no symptoms other than the unsightly bulges. For others, symptoms range from mild aching and swelling to intense throbbing, itching and cramps.


Traditionally, varicose veins have been treated through surgery to remove the veins, however new techniques now exist to treat varicose veins.  The London Clinic offers the Endolaser Vein System (ELVeS) which is carried out in our minimally invasive treatment unit (MITU).


The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic, takes less than an hour and the recovery time means that normal activites can be resumed within 24 hours.