Varicose Veins

At Duchy Hospital we run a number of different complimentary events, including Varicose Vein events, to book your place or find out more visit our events page.

Your veins carry blood back to your heart using one-way valves to help the upward blood flow. If these valves stop working properly your blood will flow in the wrong direction and your veins will swell and become enlarged, lumpy and twisted and, often dark purple or blue, known as varicose veins. 

Varicose veins are common, they often run in families and women are more likely to get them. It’s thought that hormone changes (in puberty, pregnancy, menopause, using birth control pills and HRT), ageing, standing for long periods of time, obesity and leg injuries are related to the onset of varicose veins.

Often you’ll have no other symptoms of varicose veins other than their unsightly appearance. They might cause aching, pain and heaviness of the legs which get worse at the end of the day.

Varicose veins don’t get better on their own. In fact, they may get worse and eventually lead to other complications. Varicose vein treatment eases the symptoms of varicose veins.

Duchy Hospital in Cornwall offers the latest walk in walk out varicose vein treatments for both medical and cosmetic reasons including the VNUS closure procedure. Cosmetic varicose vein treatment is rarely available on the NHS. We understand the distress and embarrassment that varicose veins can cause and regularly cosmetically treat varicose veins.

Our highly experienced vascular surgeons offer convenient consultations to discuss your varicose veins and the best treatment option for you based on your health and the size, position and severity of your varicose veins. 

The following Consultant vascular surgeons work at Duchy Hospital;

Mr H Chant
Mr N Hopper
Mr R Windhaber
Mr K Woodburn

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