Varicose Veins

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 13th November 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits to people aged over 65 of endovenous ablation treatment of varicose veins.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Varicose veins can cause complications because they stop blood flowing properly, including venous leg ulcers as a result of chronic venous insufficiency.

The results of the Early Venous Reflux Ablation (EVRA) study (2018) and the Effect of Surgery and Compression on Healing and Recurrence (ESCHAR) trial (2004) indicate that early superficial endovenous ablation improves healing of venous leg ulceration, reduces the risk of ulcer recurrence and is cost-effective.

Therefore, the results of the EVRA study and the ESCHAR trial will be incorporated into the National Wound Care Strategy Programme recommendations for care, as this will bring benefits to both patients and the National Health Service.

The EVRA study and the ESCHAR trial included patients over the age of 65 so the results are applicable to older people. However, no sub-analysis is presented for people over the age of 65 so it is not possible to identify if there are any benefits or risks beyond the overall results for people over 65.

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