Varicose Veins

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Treatment for Varicose Veins

There are several treatments available for Varicose Veins including Radiofrequency Ablation, Sclerotherapy, stripping and much more. Booking your initial consultation will enable Liverpool Vascular Clinic to assess your condition and provide the advise and specific treatment that’s right for you.

The Treatment & Process

A full and comprehensive range of treatments are offered by the Liverpool Vascular Clinic who will assess and provide the appropriate treatment for you. Below are some of the most common treatments we offer.


All treatment plans start with our assessment / initial consultation. This allows our specialists to fully understand your condition and work out the right path of treatment for you.

Venous Duplex

The next step in your assessment is to receive a Venous Duplex Ultrasound. A procedure that uses sound waves to “see” inside your body. This procedure is performed to evaluate symptoms including leg pain or swelling, varicose veins, or suspected blood clots in your legs and/or lungs.  Unlike high street Vein clinics where the treating surgeon performs such scans our scans are performed by accredited vascular scientists ensuring quality and independence.

Treatment of Varicose Veins

Following the consultation and diagnostic scan, one of three treatment options would be recommended where vein disease has been confirmed. All these treatment options are proven to be safe and effective for treatment of varicose veins by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)

• Ablation of one or more truncal veins with heated catheter (radio-frequency ablation or ClosureFast™ procedure).
• Foam sclerotherapy is used to treat superficial veins visible on the surface of the skin.
• Surgical options can be offered to “strip” out the vein or to remove visible varicose veins that are large
• You may be offered a combination of treatments with follow up foam treatments as required at least 6 weeks later.
See below for more information on these treatments.

Radiofrequency Ablation

The ClosureFast™ procedure uses radiofrequency energy or heat to close the diseased vein, which redirects blood flow to healthy veins, relieving symptoms. 

  • Using ultrasound, your physician will position the catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin.
  • The small catheter delivers heat to the vein wall, causing it to shrink and the vein to seal closed.
  • Once the diseased vein is closed, blood will reroute itself to other healthy veins. 

This procedure is minimally invasive so only takes around an hour and you will be back to normal activities within a few days. Over 2 million patients have been treated with the ClosureFast procedure in over 100 countries around the world.


This treatment involves injecting special foam into your veins. The foam scars the veins, which seals them closed.

The injection is guided to the vein using an ultrasound scan. It’s possible to treat more than one vein in the same session. Foam sclerotherapy is usually carried out under local anaesthetic, where a painkilling medication will be used to numb the area being treated.

After sclerotherapy, your varicose veins should begin to fade after a few weeks as stronger veins take over the role of the damaged vein, which is no longer filled with blood. You may require treatment more than once before the vein fades.




ClosureFast endovenous radiofrequency ablation procedure

Re-Assess and discharge

All treatment plans include a quick clinical follow-up around 6 weeks post procedure. You will speak with your clinician to review the improvement in appearance and symptoms as discussed during your diagnosis. Following this appointment you can expect to be discharged from our care and get on with enjoying your life.

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Patient Reviews

"Following the discovery of abnormal blood pressure readings I was fortunate enough to be referred the consultant vascular surgeon Dr Neequaye.

Tests and scans revealed that I had a rare arterial plumbing configuration. Following discussion we decided that the condition would be managed medically with now annual checks and two yearly scans.

I am grateful for his level of expertise,the confidence this inspires and for the inclusive nature of our consultations. "

Mrs H from Liverpool

"I found him to be an extremely skillfull, cautious and approachable Vascular Surgeon and despite the challenges created by the pandemic left no stone unturned at the pre-op stage.

He was never rushed and always took time to explain, in layman’s terms, and sometimes with sketches precisely what he was proposing as the solution to my pending complex Aortic Aneurysm repairs.

My procedure took place in early June 2021, I now feel fit and well and extremely fortunate indeed that my Surgeon was Mr Simon Neequaye."

Brian D

"After struggling with the veins in my left leg for 8 years, deciding to proceed with treatment from Mr Neequaye was the best thing I ever did. He kept my calm throughout the procedure, and the results are better than I’d have imagined."

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