The Swedish Vein Clinic focus on the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins

The goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms, prevent complications, and improve appearance.

At the first visit in our clinic, our surgeon will do a physical examination, including looking at your legs while you’re standing and may also ask you to describe your symptoms. To diagnose your varicose veins, a color Doppler ultrasound scan will be undertaken personally by our consultant. In the ultrasound scan, the surgeon runs a small hand-held device (transducer), against your skin over the leg. The transducer transmits images of the veins to a monitor, so the doctor can assess the nature of your varicose veins. A Doppler ultrasound study is a painless, risk-free, and non-invasive procedure and has no known harmful effects. After the ultrasound imaging the doctor will be able to discuss with you exactly what the problem is and agree with you a proposed treatment plan. If you choose to progress to treatment, an appointment will be made for you to treat your varicose veins.

Ultrasound imaging is performed in our clinic and is used for examination and diagnose of varicose veins.

We use modern laser technique to treat varicose veins. Laser technique is endovenous, less invasive and do not requires general anesthesia in contrast to traditional surgical treatment. Our doctor inserts a thin fiber (catheter) into the enlarged vein through a tiny skin puncture. The catheter is guided into the vein to be treated using ultrasound imaging. Heat from the fiber´s tip destroys the vein by causing it to collapse and close. The body then naturally absorbs the vein. After treatment, the blood will flow through other veins. Injection of varicose veins with a foam solution is used when endovenous technique is not possible. Microsclerotherapy, using a liquid chemical injection is used to treat spider veins.

These methods are well documented in studies with excellent treatment results and do not cause severe pain, infections, or scarring. Side effects are very limited and rare.

We use modern less invasive endovenous laser technique

Treatment is a sterile procedure performed in our operating room and does not require general anaesthesia as it is performed under local anesthesia. You can go home a few hours after treatment. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately after the procedure and can resume normal activities the next day.

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What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are superficial veins on the leg that have become enlarged, dilated and twisted. The varicose veins occur when the valves in the veins are not functioning properly and do not prevent blood from flowing the wrong way backwards away from the heart. The blood accumulate in the veins which appear swollen and raised. Besides being a cosmetic problem, the most common trouble is a feeling of heaviness and leg swelling, but pain and cramping in the calf may occur. In the long run, you may get skin changes which may lead to itching, discoloration, skin thickening, eczema and/or wounds.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are small, twisted blood vessels that are visible through the skin. They take their name from their striking spiderweb pattern.

Who gets varicose veins?

The risk of developing varicose veins is increased if a family member has the condition. This suggests varicose veins may be partly caused by your genes. Also a number of environmental risk factors have been associated with the development of varicose veins, namely pregnancy, age, female sex, obesity, and prolonged periods of standing.