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VARICOSE VEIN TREATMENT

VARICOSE VEIN TREATMENT

Jurmala city council
Jomas Street 1/5,
Jurmala, LV - 2015
Phone.: +371 67147905
Fax: +371 67147901
e-mail: guntau@jpd.gov.lv

Executive director Gunta Ušpele
guntau@jpd.gov.lv



Registration details:
VAT Nr. LV40008131781
Bank: A/S Swedbank
SWIFT code: HABALV22
Bank Account: LV33HABA0551023531429

 

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Why choose Latvia?

Phlebology is one of the most popular branches of medical tourism in Latvia. The country’s leading phlebologists treat not only Latvian, but also foreign patients.

 

Top 10 reasons why you should choose Latvia

  1. Complex approach. Comprehensive vein diagnostics, as well as the most modern treatment methods and combinations thereof.
  2. Highly qualified personnel. Experience phlebologists share their vast experience and teach phlebologists from other countries, oversee the course of international operations to demonstrate best practice, collaborate in scientific studies and regularly upgrade their professional knowledge during training designed to improve qualifications, as well as giving lectures and participating in international conferences.
  3. Top quality medical equipment. Latvian clinics maintain close working relationship with the very best medical equipment manufacturers and equipment is regularly upgraded so that it conforms to the latest and highest industry standards.
  4. Reasonable prices. Service prices are significantly lower than in Western Europe and Scandinavian countries. Vein operations are 3−5 times cheaper than in Germany, for example.
  5. Safety for both patients and personnel. Sterility is guaranteed in our state-of-the-art clinics, in accordance with the highest European standards.
  6. Fast service. Usually, the time from submitting an application to a consultation or procedure on a certain date does not exceed two weeks.
  7. No language barriers. Latvian specialists are vastly experienced in working with foreign patients and can communicate fluently in several foreign languages.
  8. Patient comfort. The purpose of cutting edge technologies is to reduce discomfort during operations and procedures to a minimum. After undergoing procedures, patients can rest in a comfortable environment more reminiscent of a hotel than a treatment institution.
  9. Added value – a holiday. Patients can enjoy Latvia’s beauty and visit the capital of culture in the Baltic States, Riga, which is an architectural pearl and gastronomic paradise, as well as a great place to enjoy active leisure.
  10. Convenient transport. Reasonably priced transport is available by sea, air and rail. 77 final destinations are accessible from Riga International Airport. Clinics will help patients by arranging private transport and in choosing a hotel.

 

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Services offered

Oftentimes, patients may notice the initial signs of venous illnesses, therefore it is important to conduct precise diagnostics using cutting edge technologies. Symptoms of venous illnesses include:

  1. Discomfort, pressing heaviness or a feeling of burning in the calves;
  2. Night cramps in calf muscles;
  3. Itching and swollen ankles at the end of the day;
  4. Small blood vessels – capillaries may appear;
  5. As the situation deteriorates, large vein networks will also appear.

Latvia’s specialists will help every patient to attain the desired result, choosing the most effective therapeutic method.

 

FOAM SCLEROTHERAPY

Sclerotherapy involves the closure or eradication of a damaged or varicose vein with the help of a special medicine – sclerosant. Large varicose branches can also be closed using foam sclerotherapy (replacing surgical intervention). This treatment can be performed regardless of the patient’s age and general state of health. It is significantly less expensive than other vein treatment methods.

Procedure: the medicine is injected into the damaged vein using a thin needle. The foam has a powerful impact on veins, because it completely fills in the damaged section of the blood vessel, making maximum contact with the blood vessel’s walls. The procedure is performed under ultrasound control. Anaesthesia is not necessary, and after the procedure, the patient can go home immediately. Duration – 30 minutes.

Recovery: rehabilitation period 2−4 weeks during which the patient must wear special compression socks. If the network of small capillaries has been removed, socks are required.

Result: the damaged vein gradually closes and after a time is no longer visible. In rare cases, the illness may reoccur.

 

VEIN LASER OPERATION

Minimally invasive method – one of the most popular vein treatment methods in the world. The operation can be performed regardless of the patient’s age and general state of health.

Procedure: the operation is performed using modern vein laser coagulation apparatus. With laser ray impulses, thermally impacting the vein wall, the damaged vein is closed. Laser rays only affect the damaged part of the vein, and the surrounding tissue are practically unharmed. The operation is performed under local anaesthesia. During – 25−35 minutes per leg.

Recovery: rapid recovery observed; the patient can resume ordinary daily life the day after the operation.

Result: desired cosmetic effect attained, the operation does not leave scars.

 

VEIN OPERATION WITH STEAM

A vein operation with steam closes a damaged vein with even less trauma. This is especially suitable for repeated vein operations and anatomically complicated vein treatments. The method can not only be applied to the vein, but also to the largest lateral branches.

 

Procedure: heated steam in the form of controlled micro-impulses is injected into the vein through a catheter. The number of micro-impulses depends on the diameter of the vein, 2-3 impulses are usually used per centimetre. During the operation, the walls of the vein contract and close.

Recovery: fast recovery, after just a few days, the patient can resume a fully active social life.

Result: provides a very good cosmetic result.

 

VEIN RADIO FREQUENCY OPERATION

The operation can be performed regardless of the patient’s age and general state of health. The radio frequency method can eliminate not only large tracheal veins, perforated veins and venous capillaries, but also lateral branches. The main advantage of this method of treatment is low tissue trauma.

Procedure: small pricks are made in the skin using only local anaesthesia. The diseased vein is heated up in a controlled manner by a special catheter and is closed through micro-impulses using thermal energy.

Recovery: the patient is only required to spend 1−2 hours in day care and can resume a fully active social life after just a few days.

Result: very good cosmetic result; over the course of a year, the damaged vein practically turns into connective tissue. Repeated disease is only observed in very rare cases.

 

VEIN CLOSURE WITH BIOLOGICAL GLUE

Latvia is the fifth country in the world, where bioglue is used in vein operations. In most cases, this method is used to treat varicose veins during the initial stage. Compared with the previous endovenous methods, this is very gentle on the patient, with no pain or hematomas. The operation is completely painless and no anaesthesia is required.

Procedure: in the form an injection, through a disposable catheter, a safe and harmless special biological glue is injected into the vein. The vein is not removed; after a time, it turns into connective tissue.

Recovery: recovery is very fast. After the operation, the patient does not require compression socks.

Result: very good cosmetic result, no repetition of illness observed.

 

TROPHIC ULCER TREATMENT

Venous ulcers in legs are often painful, exuding, restricting the patient’s movement and sometimes even resulting in social isolation. In ulcer cases, an accurate diagnosis is vital, including through consultation with a vascular surgeon. The size of any ulcer should be measured and photographed at the beginning of the ulcer so that changes can be monitored during the healing process. Special computer software is used to calculate the size of the ulcer and determine how much necrotic tissue, fibrin and granulation it has. The primary treatment method is compression therapy.

The ulcer can be cleaned with the help of modern ultrasound technology. The method is gentle and less traumatic. Low-frequency ultrasonic waves enter the wound by means of physiological saline, at the same time cleansing and healing it. This method can separate necrotic tissue and cleanse the “pockets” of wounds. The effect is immediate and obvious.

More serious ulcer cases are treated with the Shave operation. During surgery, the skin of the patient's upper thigh is removed from the patient's thigh by a special apparatus, which is then placed on the affected area and secured. The operation is not complicated and lasts for 20 to 30 minutes. Usually, after this operation, the ulcer heals very well within 2−3 weeks.

 

PROCTOLOGY

Proctology – treatment of ailments in the area of the colon and rectum. The necessary diagnostics are performed by a doctor - proctologist, while the doctor - phlebologist joins the treatment process to perform operations and medical manipulations. Various rectal diseases are observed - polyps, chronic constipation, neoplasia, but the most common is haemorrhoids. Haemorrhoids are vascular node extensions at the bottom of the rectum, which may cause discomfort, pain and minor bleeding. Depending on the degree of the ailment, the following methods are used to treat haemorrhoidal nodes:

  • sclerotherapy,
  • cryotherapy,
  • ligation of elastic rings on internal haemorrhoidal nodes,
  • various surgical methods – THD, Longo, HAL-RAR.

 

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Service price list

Angiosurgeon’s/surgeon-phlebologist’s consultation from EUR 37
Phlebologist’s consultation with duplex ultrasound from EUR 40
Computed tomography phlebography from EUR 218
Foam sclerotherapy    (1 ampule) from EUR 70
Sclerotherapy under duplex ultrasound control (1 procedure) from EUR 115
Vein laser operation   (1 leg) from EUR 500
Vein laser operation   (2 legs) from EUR 690 
Vein operation with steam (1 leg) from EUR 610
Vein operation with steam (2 legs) from EUR 800
Vein radio frequency operation (1 leg) from EUR 640
Vein radio frequency operation (2 legs) from EUR 830 
Vein closure with biological glue (1 leg) from EUR 2200
Vein closure with biological glue (2 legs) from EUR 2500
Aesthetic arm vein miniphlebectomy (both arms) from EUR 900
Trophic ulcer treatment (up to 10 cm2) from EUR 390
Trophic ulcer Shave operation (bigger than 20 cm2) from EUR 700
Phlebectomy from EUR 751
Initial proctologist’s consultation from EUR 34
Transanal polypectomy from EUR 300
Ligation of latex rings for internal haemorrhoid nodes from EUR 74
Longo operation from EUR 430
Internal haemorrhoid node operation with THD method from EUR 360
Haemorrhoid laser operation from EUR 650
A day in bed in a single room with bathroom facilities (with meals) from EUR 121
Temporary inpatient day care from EUR 35

* Individual treatment steps will vary from patient to patient, and the detailed treatment cost  will be determined by each patient’s requirements and state of health.

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Diagnostic equipment and technologies

DUPLEX ULTRASOUND

Duplex US is used to measure the flow of blood to the veins, to visually assess veins, as well as to diagnose thrombosis and other venous pathologies. Ultrasound can clarify whether:

  • Veins are diseased and need to be operated on;
  • Blood vessels are healthy and are the merely the source of cosmetic problems.

A Duplex US examination lasts for only 10−20 minutes and provides precise information about the condition of deep and superficial veins. The method is also used before operations to clarify the scope of the procedure and to identify the relevant veins.

 

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC PHLEBOGRAPHY

Computer tomography (CT) phlebography is mainly used for in-depth diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis or for the examination of congenital vein diseases. The examination is carried out with state-of-the-art computer tomography making it possible to look at the deep vein system as a whole. Other diagnostic methods provide only a segmental view. During the examination, a contrast agent is slowly injected into the superficial leg vein. When the corresponding deep vein filling is reached, a quick scan of the limb is performed and a deep vein contrast is obtained.

 

LEG MEASUREMENT WITH BODYTRONIC® 600

Unique cutting edge 3D measurement technology that digitally measures the legs from the tips of the toes to the hips. The equipment generates a three-dimensional model that provides individual and accurate leg measurements so that compression socks can be selected quickly and as precisely as possible. During the measurement process, the patient stands on a rotating measurement platform. The system projects light beams onto the relevant part of the body and records them digitally. Light rays on the skin form a network used to create a precise three-dimensional pattern. Body circumference and length calculated in detail make it possible to select the most suitable compression sock size for the patient.

 

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Treatment process - step by step

Individual treatment steps will vary from patient to patient, and the detailed action plan will be determined by each patient’s requirements and state of health. In choosing to undergo phlebology in collaboration with Latvia’s clinics, the patient can primarily anticipate that a close relationship will develop electronically followed by a visit to Latvia.

General treatment steps are as follows:

  1. Electronic communication with the chosen clinic, introduction to specialists and analysis of the patient’s problems.
    1. The patient will send an e-mail to clinic describing his health problems and their physical consequences, also enclosing the results of examinations conducted and the verdict of the doctors that have treated the patient up to this point, is such are available.
    2. The doctor will be chosen in accordance with patient’s individual needs. The specialist will study the situation, offer his opinion and potential solutions.
    3. Agreement on the chosen treatment plan using the most convenient method: phone calls, e-mails and skype calls.
  2. Arrival in Latvia – the following steps will be planned for performance on specific dates:
    1. In consultation with the doctor, a date will be chosen for a meeting in person during which the doctor will conclude whether medical or surgical manipulations are required.
    2. In preparation for the trip, clinic representatives will help the patient with the process of receiving a visa if the patient requires one.
    3. Planned treatment steps will be carried out in person:
      1. consultations with specialists and additional diagnostics;
      2. set operation/manipulations;
  3. Before the patient departs for home – an analysis of results and identification of further treatment steps as required.

The duration of the visit to Latvia will depend on the planned operation or procedure.

 

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Reviews

"I am very satisfied with medical service in Riga and the very nice and prof. manager Katrina K. as well as their nice drivers. I can warmly recommend to visit the very good clinics in Riga as Baltic Veinn Clinic as well as Dermatology Clinic with their very nice and prof. doctors and treatments."

"My wife and I traveled from the United States to Latvia to have a thorough medical checkup. We wanted some procedures that are not easy to schedule and are rather expensive in the United States. At Capital Clinic Riga everything we wanted, from ultrasounds, nutritionists and MRIs were just an email away. The English speaking staff were extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. In the U.S., we live in a town with 100,000 people so, it's not exactly a village. Nevertheless, the equipment at the Capital Clinic Riga was more modern than anything to which we would have access without visiting a major metropolitan area. At roughly 10% the price of American services, the difference can easily pay for the trip to Riga. It's not all about money though. The doctors and staff were all professional, kind and seemed to care about our treatment, not just our payment. I can honestly say I have not felt that type of focus from an American doctor for decades. Unfortunately, they seem to be concerned with throughput and generating as much top line revenue as possible. Furthermore, unlike American doctors, the answer to every problem is not simply to prescribe antibiotics to treat the symptoms, unless of course, that is what is absolutely necessary. I wanted a holistic approach to treating my problems so I appreciated an approach that did not necessitate antibiotics. I'm planning to make Capital Clinic Riga a regular part of my health care routine and will be back next year for the same round of exams to see how things may have changed."

"I just wanted to thank medical tourism manager Ljuba Tihomirova for helping myself and my wife when we were in Riga. We are both very happy with our operations made in Dermatology Clinic and Baltic Vein Clinic. My legs feel much lighter than before after surgery done by dr. Udris, using biological glue, I feel like I can now fully enjoy my life and my hobbies, play football, and my wife wished to have surgery since last year, so I am very happy that she got it now and feels great! Many thanks!"  Ian from Manchester, United Kingdom

 

Jurmala city council
Jomas Street 1/5,
Jurmala, LV - 2015
Phone.: +371 67147905
Fax: +371 67147901
e-mail: guntau@jpd.gov.lv

Executive director Gunta Ušpele
guntau@jpd.gov.lv



Registration details:
VAT Nr. LV40008131781
Bank: A/S Swedbank
SWIFT code: HABALV22
Bank Account: LV33HABA0551023531429

 

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