Varicose vein removal

If you’ve found yourself looking for help with varicose veins, you’re not alone. Increasingly, treatment for varicose veins is being declined on the NHS. We can help.


Removing varicose veins should leave your skin looking smoother, while also alleviating any associated pain and discomfort.

In most instances, there is:

  • No general anesthetic required
  • No recovery time
  • No scars

Treatment costs

Varicose vein treatment costs are all subject to consultation and will be discussed at your consultation.

How varicose vein removal works

To get rid of most varicose veins, surgery is not required. First, an ultrasound test is carried out to diagnose the actual cause of your varicose veins. Once we have identified the cause we will select one of three different treatments - Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), Radiofrequency VNUS Closure and Vein Avulsion.

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) uses laser light to seal the vein from the inside. Radiofrequency VNUS Closure is similar to EVLA but uses heat instead of a laser to seal the vein from the inside. Both treatments effectively remove the cause of the varicose vein and prevent the blood from flowing the wrong way down your leg.

It may be the case that some treatments cannot be used for treating varicose veins, particularly when veins excessively bulge and are lumpy.

In such a case Vein Avulsion can be used to remove the vein by making a small incision into the skin and removing the vein using a surgical hook. We can also treat smaller thread veins or spider veins using a technique known as sclerotherapy, although this isn’t usually needed after varicose vein removal.

Only highly qualified consultant vascular surgeons carry out the below varicose vein removal procedures at Transform.

Treatment TypeMethodSame day dischargeAnaesthetic
EVLA Laser seals vein   Local
VNUS Radiofrequency heat seals vein   Local
Avulsion Vein removal   Local/Generic



The duration of the prodedure varies according to the type of treatment, however both EVLA and VNUS procedures are minimally invasive minor surgery and generally only involve a local anaesthetic. Vein Avulsion treatment can take longer to complete than the other two. However, regardless of the type of procedure, most patients can walk and be discharged on the same day as their treatment.

The results

Varicose vein removal achieves permanent results and as there is no traditional surgery there is less pain, discomfort and bruising*.

*Varicose vein removal results and benefits can vary and are different for each individual. As such, Transform cannot guarantee specific results.

After varicose vein treatment

After your treatment you are safe to continue normal activities. Your consultant vascular surgeon will provide you with information about your treatment and any advice or recommendations for aftercare.

We can also treat smaller thread veins or spider veins using a technique known as sclerotherapy. This isn’t usually needed though after varicose vein removal.

Book an appointment

To find out more you can book an appointment with one of our Patient Care Co-ordinators who will explain everything and arrange your consultation with a surgeon. As part of your initial consultation with a surgeon, a £150 fee for a scan to be carried out will apply.