Varicose veins treatment

Get quick, convenient access to varicose veins treatment through Bupa on Demand, our pay as you go private healthcare service. From consultations to treatments with no need for health insurance.

Varicose veins are swollen veins that lie underneath your skin and most people get them on their legs. There are lots of different ways to treat varicose veins. You can find out which treatment option is best for you by speaking to a vascular surgeon – a consultant who specialises in treating problems with blood vessels.

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Varicose veins treatment with Bupa on Demand

We know that deciding on whether to have private treatment and how to proceed can be confusing and worrying. That’s why we give each of our patients a dedicated healthcare adviser that is an expert in private healthcare. They’ll guide you through every step of the way to make things as easy as possible. First they’ll arrange an initial appointment with a consultant. At this appointment the consultant will examine the varicose veins and discuss your treatment options.

Following confirmation from the consultant on the best course of treatment, your healthcare adviser will let you know the cost of the procedure and will quickly arrange a suitable time for your treatment. A guide is given below:

Treatment/ Service Price What's included
Initial appointment with consultant   £250
  • 30 min consultation time
  • Blood test
Varicose veins One leg operation  £1,290 - £3,460
  • 30 days complications cover (T&C’s apply)
  • Follow-up appointment
  • Bupa Anytime Healthline Access
Varicose veins Two leg operation  £1,725 - £5,760
  • 30 days complications cover (T&C’s apply)
  • Follow-up appointment
  • Bupa Anytime Healthline Access


Please note, appointment costs may vary depending if the consultant is bookable online.
Please note, on occasion some consultants set their appointments to 15 min, our healthcare advisers will advise you if this is the case.
††Price varies by the type of surgery required

To help put your mind at rest, all our patients undertaking varicose veins treatment receive an aftercare service including a follow-up appointment and complications cover included up to 30 days (subject to terms and conditions of the package you choose). You also receive access to Bupa’s anytime Healthline which offers around the clock, unlimited telephone consultations with our team of GPs and nurses and the Bupa treatment options service.

About varicose veins treatments

If you’re advised that you can have treatment for your varicose veins, there are a few different options. You can discuss with a consultant which one is best for you. Treatments include the following.

  • Endothermal ablation. In this procedure, your surgeon heats up the walls of the problem vein, closing it off. Your doctor may use radiowaves or a laser to create the heat. The first method is known as radiofrequency ablation and the second endovenous laser treatment.
  • Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy. In this procedure, your surgeon injects special foam into the problem vein. The foam damages the inside of the vein causing it to close up.
  • Ligation and stripping. In this procedure, your surgeon ties off the problem vein (ligation) to stop blood flowing through it. They’ll then remove it with a long rod (stripping) made of wire, plastic or metal.


You may also have a procedure called phlebectomy to remove problem veins from the surface of your skin. In this procedure, your surgeon will use hooks to pull out the veins through small cuts.

Sometimes varicose veins don’t need specific treatment. To help improve mild symptoms, your doctor may suggest wearing compression stockings, or advise you to:

  • lose any excess weight
  • keep active
  • avoid doing things that make your symptoms worse, such as sitting or standing still for long periods of time


Read more about varicose veins

Causes of varicose veins

Varicose veins happen when blood pools in the veins. This occurs because certain valves that help your blood to flow in the right direction don’t work properly. It puts pressure on the walls of your veins causing them to swell.



Some people with varicose veins don’t get any symptoms. But if you do, they may include:

  • swollen feet and ankles
  • itchy skin or a burning feeling over the veins
  • achy or heavy legs
  • cramp in your legs – mostly at night
  • a strong desire to keep moving your legs


Symptoms usually ease off when you raise your legs up and rest them, for example on a foot stool or when lying down.

Some people with varicose veins get:

  • ulcers – breaks or openings in their skin
  • changes in their skin, for example their skin may become a brown or a rusty red colour, and flakey or scaly
  • bleeding from their veins
  • inflamed – red, warm and swollen – veins


If you have any of the above symptoms it’s important to contact your doctor.

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