Varicose Veins

At New Hall Hospital we run a series of complimentary public events, where you have the opportunity to book in for a 1-2-1 initial discussion with Mr Charles Ranaboldo, Consultant Vascular Surgeon.

Varicose veins are very common. They are veins in your leg that have become enlarged and lumpy and are often blue or dark purple.

There are one-way valves in your veins that help the upward flow of blood back to your heart. If these valves stop working correctly the blood flow will go the wrong way causing the veins to swell and forming varicose veins.

Varicose veins often run in families and women are more likely to develop them. Age, pregnancy, hormone changes, standing for long periods of time and obesity are factors that can increase your risk of varicose veins.

Varicose veins often don’t give any other symptoms other than their unsightly appearance. If you do have symptoms these can include: aching, pain and heaviness of the legs which get worse at the end of the day. They won’t get better without treatment and may get worse and lead to more serious problems.

New Hall Hospital offers the latest techniques for treating varicose veins for both medical and cosmetic reasons. Cosmetic varicose vein treatment is rarely available on the NHS. Here at New Hall Hospital we understand the embarrassment they can cause and we offer treatment of varicose veins for cosmetic reasons.

Our experienced vascular surgeon, Mr Charles Ranaboldo offers convenient appointments for diagnosing your varicose veins with an ultrasound vein scan and, to discuss your treatment options based on your general health and the size, position and severity of your varicose veins.

We provide walk in walk out modern varicose vein treatment such as sclerotherapy and EVLA to ease the symptoms of your varicose veins and our patients benefit from minimal scarring and pain. We will also treat any complications of varicose veins.


Sclerotherapy is normally performed on smaller veins including thread and spider veins.

This procedure, also known as ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, involves injecting a liquid, often in a foam state, into your vein using ultrasound guidance, to destroy it and force your blood to reroute through other healthier veins. Once the vein has collapsed it’s reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades with full results after a month.

Sclerotherapy is carried out under local anaesthetic and if needed, your surgeon can treat more than one vein at the same time.


Endonvenuous laser therapy (EVLT), also known as endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), is a laser treatment used to seal varicose veins.

EVLT is usually performed under local anaesthetic. A catheter is inserted into your varicose vein using ultrasound guidance. A tiny laser passes through the catheter to the top of your varicose vein and heats up the vein and closes it. The laser moves along the entire length of the vein until it is completely closed.

After an EVLA your legs might feel tight and painful and they may be bruised.

Varicose vein surgery

Varicose vein surgery may be recommended for you if less invasive techniques such as sclerotherapy and endothermal ablation treatments are unsuitable for you or you’d like the varicose vein completely removed. The most common varicose vein surgery is ligation and stripping.

Varicose vein surgery is typically performed under general anaesthetic. It takes about an hour for one leg. Your vascular surgeon will tie off the faulty varicose vein (ligation) to stop blood flowing through it and then they’ll remove it with a long flexible wire (stripping).

Once the varicose vein has been removed your blood will re-route through other healthy veins.

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