"Varicose veins are so often dismissed as just a cosmetic issue. Yet most weeks in my clinic I see patients who have travelled from all over the country, many in constant pain and at their wits’ end. They have saved for months to see a vascular consultant – even at the reduced rates we offer. What’s most frustrating is that varicose veins can be easily and permanently resolved, but bureaucracy prevents us from treating them as we would wish. Unless you are literally bleeding from your leg, you’re very unlikely to be offered surgery on the NHS."
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