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Stockings and bandages after vein treatment

Many doctors recommend that their patients wear bandages or compression stockings after vein treatment. Some of our patients ask if this is still necessary. The scientific evidence is a bit confusing on this subject. We have tried treating large varicose veins using very limited compression…


When to start vein treatment

Sometimes people consult us a couple of weeks before going on a beach holiday in the hope that the veins can be fixed in time. The problem is that all treatments for large varicose veins and for thread veins take a while to become effective…


Chris Evans (DJ and broadcaster) get his veins done.

I was fascinated to read on social media the account of Chris Evans and his varicose veins. The surgeon described making incisions and taking out the veins which were very large. I have tried to avoid making incisions in the legs of my patients for…


Mr Coleridge Smith on ‘Top Doctors’

Video presentation Mr Coleridge Smith has been accepted by the ‘Top Doctors’ website. The video presentation can be found here. Find out more here:


Management of thrombophlebitis: are the new anticoagulant drugs useful?

Management of thrombophlebitis: are the new anticoagulant drugs useful? From time to time, I have to manage patients with thrombophlebitis. The most effective drug for this has been Fondaparinux (a synthetic low molecular weight heparin) which moderates symptoms if given daily for about 6 weeks….


What causes varicose veins, doctor?

What causes varicose veins, doctor? You will not be surprised that I have been asked that question a lot of times! There is evidence from several epidemiological studies and a limited number of investigations of inheritance that both environmental and inherited factors are involved. Neither…

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