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Consultant Vascular Surgeon - Varicose and Thread Vein Expert


Monday, 20 December 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I would like to wish all my patients, past, present and future, as well as my colleagues a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I am looking forward to spending a few days with my lovely family and seeing the excitement on my children’s faces when they see what Santa brings!

Also, planning to see my brother and his family along with my new nephew.

How are you spending Christmas. Are your children young enough for Santa?!

But before we know it, it will be back to work and a busy New Year dealing with all kinds of vascular problems.

There is a bit of a cliché bandied around this time of year – ‘New Year, New You’. It is linked to making resolutions and the fact that the start of 2011 could be the ideal time to think about changing an aspect of your lifestyle or maybe doing something you have been putting off for a while.

This last point can be very apt when it comes to vascular conditions. It is easy to put off getting advice and information when you first see the signs of varicose veins, for instance. Maybe you have been living with this condition for a long time.

But my advice to you would be to get in touch, just for a consultation at first. You might be scared of any procedure or you might think it is too costly. But neither of these things are true – as I can explain to you.

Whether it is you, or someone you know who is suffering from discomfort, please call me and we can discuss the many options available to you.

Why not make it a New Year resolution to ensure you have great legs in time for when all this wintry weather goes!

And while we are talking about resolutions, mine is to continually improve the service I provide to all my patients and continue to develop and evaluate the latest techniques here in Cambridge.
What is your resolution??

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Why I will be offering ClariVein to my patients

After recently returning from a fact-finding mission in New York, I am delighted to announce that I am now offering the ClariVein treatment to my patients.

I am aware that I am one of the first surgeons in the whole of the UK to offer the cutting-edge technology and I can promise patients I will sit down with them and explain the whole procedure before moving forward.

The New York visit was both fascinating and insightful. I was invited, along with Beverley Hills vein surgeon Wayne Gradman, to go to the Big Apple and experience first-hand training in the new treatment from respected American surgeon, Professor Steve Elias.

To be able to see such a surgeon at work was great and allowed me to witness first-hand the benefits of ClariVein – something I wanted to do before offering the technique to patients in the UK.

I spoke with people who had benefited from ClariVein and they all said they were impressed with the simplicity of the technique and the lack of discomfort, both during and after.

In my opinion, ClariVein further simplifies the treatment of varicose veins.

As well as needing less local anaesthetic, it is even less invasive than current treatments due to the use of a special catheter which combines mechanical and chemical energy to seal off the problem vein.

For more information visit our special ClariVein page which also includes a special factsheet on the technique.

Alternatively, I am always on hand to answer any questions you might have by calling 01223 305858.

Continuing the Transatlantic theme, I was delighted to be able to recently give a lecture to professors and other doctors from Yale Medical School as part of the Cambridge-Yale Research Collaboration. Held at Trinity Hall College, my lecture was on my research into the mechanism of blood pressure control during carotid artery surgery.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Autumn’s the ideal time to have treatment of any varicose veins and thread veins

I hope you have all had a good summer and have managed to make the most of the good weather (up until rainy August!)

Now that the autumn is upon us and for many of us the legs will be mostly covered from now on, the colder months ahead are an ideal time to have treatment of any varicose veins and thread veins so that the legs can be exposed next summer – what a good incentive to come for a consultation if you have varicose veins or thread veins that concern you to see what treatment options are available.

Many patients are still surprised by how simply varicose veins and thread veins can be treated and a consultation is the best way to find out. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Dispelling the myth about varicose veins

The myth that varicose veins only hit women who are pregnant or are of a certain age is one that I am constantly looking to dispel.

Any man or woman, of any age, can be affected at anytime. Take the case of Ian Coveny. Here was a man in his early 50s who had rowed for Cambridge in the boat race.

Surely someone so physically fit wouldn’t have problems with varicose veins? Wrong. As Ian readily admits, he did suffer and part of this was because of his reluctance to get help when the early signs showed themselves.

It was only when Ian’s pain became insufferable, that he finally sought the help of his local GP who referred him to me.

It took Ian an incredible six years before he got help and he admits that he now feels a bit silly for not coming to me sooner.

But this is no advertisement for my services. This is just to make people realise that they can’t just ignore the onset of varicose veins. While men just view staining for instance as a cosmetic issue, it can eventually lead to severe pain and ulceration.

The activities of healthy rowers like Ian, or any other sports men or women, does not make them immune to problems. Indeed, when statistics show that one in five people of the population get varicose veins, it is obvious sufferers will come from all walks of life.

I guess one reason why men, and even some women, are reluctant to seek help is that they believe they will face a long spell away from work or sport. Again wrong. Correction of varicose veins used to mean a general anaesthetic and weeks off training to recover. But with the new radial fibre laser that I use, the operation is performed under local anaesthetic and you are back to training within days.

Ian recently joked that he was the face (or maybe the legs) of varicose veins. It might have been a light-hearted suggestion but I praise Ian’s attitude in highlighting a potentially serious problem.​

Friday, 9 July 2010

Sports and varicose veins

With the summer upon us, I think it is a fitting time to discuss the affect varicose veins can have on sportsmen of any age and ability.

If you love playing sport all year round or simply get inspired by watching Nadal or Murray at Wimbledon, it can be very easy to push any potential problems with varicose veins to the background.

People fear that they will be deprived of playing sport for months on end due to a lengthy rehabilitation time period.

Nothing could be more wrong. The correction of varicose veins did use to mean a general anaesthetic and weeks off to recover.

The Endovenous Laser technique, used by myself, shatters this myth allowing people to be back on their feet in next to no time.

In most cases surgery can be completed under local anaesthetic and you can be back playing sport within days.

Ignoring the signs of varicose vein problems can actually impact on sporting performance.

The veins are responsible for returning the waste blood from the legs back to the body for detoxification and re-oxygeneration.

If the function of the veins is impaired, as with varicose veins, toxins such as lactic acid build up quicker in the muscles resulting in the muscles getting tired quicker than they should – meaning you cannot run as fast or as long as you should.

While sportsmen and women are no more prone to problems than anyone, one in five of the population suffer from varicose veins.

The story of Alison Cronk is a classic tale of how an operation on varicose vein troubles can make the world of difference.

Alison admits that she was barely able to run for a bus, pre-operation. But following successful treatment, she not only started running but completed the Cambridge Chariots of Fire race just nine months after the surgery and followed that with three separate 10k races.

In her own words, Alison says the successful surgery had “far-reaching” affects on her lifestyle.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Facial vein treatment

Hello again and a belated Happy New Year. With the year moving on swiftly and with any luck better weather approaching, I wanted to update you about the treatment available now for facial veins, including red veins and spider veins, which is called Veinwave Thermocoagulation.

Facial veins are common in both men and women and particularly seem to affect those people who are exposed to extremes of weather, such as skiers, sailors or outdoor workers or those with fair and sensitive skin.

Veinwave is performed in my clinic as a walk-in/walk-out procedure and works by delivering a small pulse of high frequency electrical current to the veins which makes then collapse and disappear.

Veinwave is a safe, effective, quick treatment ideal for men and woman who would like treatment of cosmetic facial veins.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to consult me about facial veins or if you would like any further information about Veinwave.