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One of the biggest problems I face is that men often do not seek medical treatment - something that not only relates to varicose veins!

Mr Michael Gaunt

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Recent research has shown that the condition is just as common in men shattering any illusion that varicose veins is something that only blights women.

Men and varicose veins

Mr Gaunt has been a consultant vascular surgeon in Cambridge for 12 year’s building up a successful practice in the independent sector specialising in the minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins and thread veins.

It might come as a surprise too many but the problem of varicose veins can affect men just as much as women.

Recent research has shown that the condition is just as common in men - shattering any illusion that varicose veins is something that only blights women.

The problem, and perhaps the reason for the misconception, is that men cover up their legs and are often blind to the problems that are occurring.

The stark truth is that varicose veins can affect men of all ages - from sporty youngsters right through to the middle-aged and elderly.

Seek medical treatment

One of the biggest problems faced by Mr Gaunt is that men often do not seek medical treatment - something that not only relates to varicose veins!

Men are usually less bothered by the cosmetic element of varicose veins as they normally wear trousers which conceal the veins.

Not only do they wear trousers, but their hairy legs also cover up any potential problems.

They only seek treatment when the veins are swollen and throbbing and the symptoms from the veins can no longer be ignored.

But not getting medical treatment can only make the problem worse and men often have them for many years before they seek the opinion of a specialist.

By this point, the surgery required to treat the veins is often more extensive than it might have been if they had sought an early review.

In fact, swollen and throbbing veins in men are much more pronounced than they are in women.

Treatment

In some cases, problem veins can be treated just by wearing a supportive hose and avoiding long periods of standing.

In more severe cases, medical treatment might be needed. One of the more common treatments that men undergo for problem veins is called endovenous laser ablation.

During this treatment, a laser is inserted directly into the affected vein and the heat generated causes the vein to shrink back to its normal size.

Despite the hi-tech and scientific nature of the treatment, this is an outpatient procedure which takes about an hour to complete. In most cases, a patient can go back to work the next day.

Sports Conditions

Sportman’s Groin (Sportman's Hernia)

In my 28 years as a doctor I have spent 27 of them as a surgeon. One of the first operations I learnt to perform was a hernia repair. Over the years I have performed many thousands of hernia repairs giving me a huge experience in this area. Click here to read more about the treatment for Sportman's Groin.

Case Studies

Ian Coveny

Ian, 34 rowed for the US team and Cambridge, when he developed varicose veins

“ I had surgery under general anaesthetic
and it was really straightforward ”
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Thomas Reed, 56

“ I have had problems with my veins for about 25 years. I just always thought I would get it done at some stage without ever seeing anyone about it ”
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Cambridge United’s association with Mr Gaunt began in 2007 following a recommendation from the eminent sports medicine consultant Dr Cathy Speed. Since then we have referred all of the players who have developed inguinal hernia’s / groin disruption type pathologies to Mr Gaunt.

We have benefited hugely from Mr Gaunt’s meticulous approach which enables our players to safely and rapidly resume normal training and matchplay post surgery, and more importantly we have had no instances of a re-occurrence.

We look forward to continuing our succesful association and would have no hesitation in recommending Mr Gaunt to any prospective patients.

Greg Reid MCSP, HPC, ACPOMIT.
Lead Physiotherapist Cambridge United FC