Varicose vein surgery costs can vary widely depending on where you plan to have the surgery done, the procedure that you choose to have and the expertise of the person undertaking the surgery or treatment. If you are considering varicose vein surgery, be sure to seek recommendations and do your research as it is vital that you ensure that you get the best possible care.
This is particularly pertinent when you consider that bad surgical practice and bad aftercare can lead to serious illness through infection or blood clots and even, on very rare occasions, death. If resident in the United Kingdom and you are seriously affected by the condition, there is a possibility of free treatment on the NHS, however this is only available when the patient is experiencing severe pain, is likely to have major complications as a result of veins bursting or bleeding or has developed serious skin conditions like ulcers or venous eczema that are symptomatic of serious venous insufficiency.
As more minor operations for varicose veins are considered to be cosmetic procedures, a number of private medical practices offer many of the most common treatments for varicose veins that do not involve overnight stays in a hospital environment. The relative complexity as well as new techniques that have yet to become routine can determine how expensive the treatment will be.
Due to the level of surgical skill involved, the treatment known as Phlebectomy or Ambulatory Phlebectomy (It is referred to as Ambulatory because part of the recovery process requires that the patient actually walks around and can walk out of the place where the surgery is performed) is the often the most expensive option at an average cost of around £1000 or $900 per treatment. While at first glance, this looks quite expensive for one treatment, many patients prefer this as an option because it deals with the afflicted vein in one go and does not potentially require repeat treatments in the way that Endovenous Laser Treatment and Sclerotherapy often do. The technique involves making a number of tiny incisions along the length of the affected vein and removing it in its entirety. The major downside with Phlebectomy as a treatment is that it is recommended that the patient does not return to work immediately afterwards to give a reasonable opportunity for recovery in contrast to other treatments.
Endovenous Laser Therapy is marginally less expensive than Phlebectomy, however due to its relative newness as a treatment for varicose veins, it is still relatively expensive and also may require more than one treatment. It is less invasive than Phlebectomy with less trauma around the treatment site afterwards however it is not always suitable for more badly affected varicose veins. This procedure costs somewhere in the region of $500 or £450 per treatment, and this cost can significantly increase if your veins are more complex to treat requiring multiple treatments.
An alternative is Sclerotherapy which is a cheap and well established treatment for minor varicose veins that involves the injection of a chemical in either liquid or foam form into the affected veins which causes them to scar and closes. On average this costs around $250/£150 per hour session however there is often a need to have repeat treatments and there is no guarantee that the varicose veins will not return at some later point.