Varicose vein surgery
Our service specialises in treating varicose veins and venous ulcers. We perform many of our surgical procedures under local anaesthetic, using keyhole techniques.
Our aim is to improve the care of patients with symptomatic varicose veins and we are constantly trialling new techniques. We perform new, less painful surgical procedures such as cyanoacrylate (or ‘glue’) ablation, where an adhesive is used instead of heat to treat varicose veins. We are also trialling new devices like the Clarivein (which is used for mechanochemical endovenous ablation) and carrying out research into the effectiveness of compression stockings following venous surgery.
Conditions we treat
We treat the following conditions:
- varicose veins
- venous ulcers
Treatments we offer
We offer the following treatments:
- endothermal ablation
- cyanoacrylate ablation
- Clarivein (mechanochemical endovenous ablation)
- foam sclerotherapy
- open venous surgery
Clinical trials and research
We actively take part in research on venous disease. Our recent clinical trials include:
- A study comparing patients’ views on their quality of life with the results of clinical assessments, such as ultrasounds, to see which give more accurate outcomes (VALVV)
- A study measuring the effect on patients' outcomes of delaying certain treatments for varicose veins (AVULS)
- A study comparing the degree of pain patients experience during different forms of ablation treatment (VVCVV)
Please see the Imperial College departmental webpage for further information on current and upcoming clinical trials that we are working on as part of the vascular surgery service.
We offer elective placements, research opportunities and educational days in our service. For more information, please email Professor Alun Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further online resources
- Inpatient admissions
- 020 3311 6611
- Outpatients appointments
- 020 3313 5000
- General Enquiries
- 020 3311 7320
Your inpatient stay
You may need to stay at one of our hospitals to have a procedure or receive treatment, either overnight as an inpatient or during the day as a day patient. Ahead of your inpatient stay, you will usually need to attend a pre-operative assessment appointment.
Find out more about how you can reschedule or cancel your inpatient stay, pre-operative assessments, what to bring with you when you come to hospital and much more.