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Happy, healthy legs with Michael Gaunt

Don’t neglect your legs! Consultant vascular surgeon Michael Gaunt is no stranger to treating Varicose and Thread Veins that impact on active lifestyles and sporting performance.
There’s no doubt feeling good and looking good certainly go hand in hand. Whether you are keen to maintain intensive aerobic sports or enjoy low impact exercise, such as swimming and yoga, Michael Gaunt can help improve your vascular health and wellbeing. Exercise is of primary importance to maintain a healthy lifestyle and has beneficial effects on varicose veins supporting good blood flow.

Michael Gaunt specialises in the treatment of varicose, thread and facial spider veins and is one of the most experienced and respected surgeons in the UK. He performs personal and minimally invasive treatment of veins using Endovenous Laser ablation (EVLA), VNUS Closure and ClariVein. He also performs ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy, microsclerotherapy and VeinWave techniques.

“Many of my sporting patients complain of heavy and tired legs. They’ve often noticed a gradual decline in their performance, taking longer to recover after training”

Varicose veins are not commonly thought of as a condition that can affect sporting performance but they can. Veins are responsible for removing the waste products of muscle metabolism, such as lactic acid, out of the legs. Varicose veins are veins that are not working properly. Varicose veins impair the function of the normal veins in the legs.
Treating varicose veins immediately improves the venous function of the leg, advancing the clearance of toxic waste products and naturally helps to improve activity.

“I have successfully performed over 4000 minimally invasive techniques with amazing results. People are back on their feet immediately”

Stay Active

Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is something we all strive to do yet many of us neglect our varicose veins. The condition can be painful and if untreated can lead to leg swelling, pigmentation of the skin of the lower leg and ulcers. Unsightly varicose veins may affect your confidence. Many patients complain of having to cover up during the summer months.
The truth is, even athletes and active people can have varicose and spider veins. There are many variations of varicose veins and it’s always worth getting a personal consultation to access what your treatment options are. Proper vascular assessment is necessary prior to treatment to exclude any underlying conditions.

“Recent advances mean that the underlying causes of varicose and spider veins may be easily identified and the correct personalised treatment plan offered”

Book a consultation and receive Michael Gaunt’s expert opinion and a tailored treatment plan including information on treatment options available.

“I was surprised at how easy it was to get my varicose veins treated. I made a local appointment and had a personal consultation followed by successful treatment with Michael Gaunt”

Consultations with Michael Gaunt are available at Harley Street London, BMI Bury St. Edmunds, Spire Norwich, Nuffield Health Cambridge or Spire Lea Cambridge . 01223 305858.

Private clinic treatments

Michael Gaunt explains why he performs his venous treatments within a hospital setting.

There is an increasing trend for venous treatments to be performed in small stand-alone doctor-owned clinics providing treatments under local anaesthetic only.

Although I am a great fan of local anaesthetic techniques – and indeed our pioneering use of short-acting nerve blocks provides excellent intraoperative and postoperative anaesthesia and analgesia – local anaesthesia is not appropriate for all clinical situations.

With extensive bilateral varicose veins, infiltrating large amounts of local anaesthesia can itself be painful.

Other patients may have an anxious disposition or may have had a previous bad experience with local anaesthetic. In these cases, it is useful to be able to offer a general anaesthetic option and this can only be administered safely within a hospital setting, with all the safety and reassurance of full back-up facilities and specialist colleagues available.

” As always, patient safety is paramount and you can be assured I personally perform all consultations and procedures”

Appointments are available at any of Michael Gaunt’s private clinics: 01223 305858

  • Harley Street – London
  • Spire Lee & Nuffield Health – Cambridge
  • Spire Norwich – Norfolk
  • BMI Bury St Edmunds – Suffolk

Appointment bookings and practice hours 

BUPA Patient Satisfaction Award

Mr Michael Gaunt has been recognised for his excellent services by winning the BUPA Patient Satisfaction Award. 

All BUPA UK patients provide feedback and a rating of the treatment they have received from their consultant. We are always pleased to hear customer feedback and strive to provide the highest clinical standards combined with a friendly and relaxed environment.

“It was very gratifying to receive notification from the UK’s largest private medical insurer BUPA that I had won an award for excellent patient satisfaction”

Mr Michael Gaunt’s overall rating from BUPA patients was ‘excellent’ – the top rating.

Totally independent feedback such as this is very useful for consultants as it provides an accurate measure of the quality of care they provide.

“I always strive to provide the highest standard of care to every patient and it is very encouraging to be informed that these efforts are appreciated by such a large number of patients”

Read more about my practice hours and treatments available at BUPA>

Q&A With Michael Gaunt EADT

Gina Long MBE talks to Mr. Michael Gaunt Consultant Vascular Surgeon.

Internationally recognised, he has worked for 20 years in East Anglia, offering a wealth of vascular expertise, specialising in treatments for varicose veins, venous ulcers, DVT and facial thread veins. His medical research and published papers are highly regarded.

Q: Tell us why you live here and nowhere else. 

My childhood was spent following my military father and by the age of 14 I had attended nine different schools. That’s probably why I’m so passionate about my home and enjoy the county so much.  We’ve been in this area since 2000 and I love the fact that my daughters have been able to grow up in such a beautiful part of the country, with great education on the doorstep and the chance for all of us to foster lasting friendships.

Q: What is your connection to East Anglia?

East Anglia is very much in my blood now, I feel rooted and happy here. My key clinics and operating lists are in Suffolk, Cambridge and Norfolk and it’s a pleasure to work in such a beautiful county.

Q: What is your East Anglian Heaven i.e. what do you love most about East Anglia?

If I’m honest I love the openness, the big skies and rural landscapes. It’s the combination of the unspoilt countryside, historic buildings and, in particular, the East Anglian coastline with its wonderful seaside towns and beaches.

Q: What is your East Anglian Hell i.e. what do you hate most about living here?

That’s an easy one – the traffic! I’m sure I’m not the only one to say sitting in a traffic jam on the A14 is my idea of Hell.

Q: What’s your favourite East Anglian restaurant?

Multi award-winning Maison Bleue, Bury St Edmunds.

Q: What’s your favourite way to spend an East Anglian evening?

Sitting on the lawn at King’s College, Cambridge on a summer evening, listening to the King’s Men singing from punts on the River Cam as the sun sets.

Q: What’s your favourite East Anglian landmark?

Norwich Cathedral, it never fails to impress. It’s a national treasure.

Q: What’s the best thing that happens in East Anglia every year?

Bury St Edmund’s Christmas Market; I love the community spirit and festive atmosphere.

Q: What is your specialist Mastermind subject?

The History of Vascular Surgery.

Q: What is always in your fridge?

Champagne and coconut yoghurt.

Q: What’s your simple philosophy of life?

Treat everyone as you would wish to be treated. Whether I am treating medical conditions such as varicose veins, infected venous ulcers, DVT (deep vein thrombosis) or cosmetic conditions such as unsightly thread veins, spider veins, red veins and facial veins, I always strive to do my best for the patient.

Q: What’s your favourite film?

The Verdict, starring Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling and James Mason.

Q: Who do you admire most?

Baron Robert Kilpatrick of Kincraig – teacher, mentor and the Dean of my medical school. He took a chance on giving me a place at medical school – I hope I’ve repaid that trust.

Q: What is your biggest indulgence?

My TESLA car.

Q: What do you like about yourself most?

I never give up.

Q: What’s your worst character trait?

I never give up.

Q: Best day of your life?

My wedding day to my wife of 30 years, Ann.

Q: Tell us something people don’t know about you?

I once beat Steve Cram in a schoolboy race when I was 15.

Q: What do you want to tell our readers about most?

Varicose veins should not be ignored, as sooner or later they will cause problems. Good vascular care is a significant factor in our wellbeing and health. Taking time to keep healthy and active should also go hand in hand with recognising symptoms of varicose veins. As varicose veins develop they may, in the long term, affect mobility, causing chronic pain and discomfort.

I am proud to offer a wealth of expertise and the latest technology with excellent patient care and individually tailored treatment options. The latest minimally invasive treatments can be performed under local anaesthetic as a walk-in, walk-out procedure, with minimal postoperative discomfort and less impact on your lifestyle. I am one of the most experienced surgeons in the UK, using the minimally invasive Endovenous Laser and ClariVein techniques. I also offer VeinWave treatment for unsightly facial thread veins and spider veins.

If you would like to explore treatment options please call 01223 305858

 

Confused about specialist vein treatments?

Don’t be mystified: leading consultant vascular surgeon Michael Gaunt offers an insight into modern methods

“Don’t shy away from treatment, help is on hand to find a procedure that is tailored to you and your lifestyle”

There’s a wide choice of treatments and procedures available to combat varicose veins and thread veins and it can be a little overwhelming. Finding the perfect treatment plan, that’s specifically tailored for you, is crucial to achieving the results you want. I recommend you consult a specialist, like myself, and talk to your GP to find the best solution for you. Continue reading

Embarrassed by red thread veins? Do you long for clear unblemished skin?

Leading consultant vascular surgeon Michael Gaunt says modern treatment methods offer a quick and effective solution.

Most of us want to hold back the signs of ageing and reduce skin blemishes. Thread veins or spider veins are a familiar problem for men and women. The tiny red or purple broken veins are most commonly found on the face, around the cheeks and nose, but also appear on ankles and legs. They initially emerge as one or two tiny fine lines but develop a web like pattern, that enlarges across the skin; hence the term spider vein. Continue reading