Leg workouts a possible daily routine for Tour de France riders.
The official line is that some medical conditions are considered to be of 'low clinical priority' - in other words they are not sufficiently serious for the NHS to be bothered with. Of course the main driver behind these changes is to save money. The fewer cases the NHS does, the less money it will spend on the equipment needed, the staff costs involved and so on.
A pulmonary embolus is a clot which forms usually in the leg veins after prolonged immobility - in rare but serious cases, this clot can dislodge from the legs vein and travel in the bloodstream until it sticks in the arteries to the lung - in bad cases this can be instantly fatal.
As lovely as pregnancy can be, there comes with it a variety of symptoms we women would really rather do without – and one
Laser treatment of veins works brilliantly, with the only slight problem being that the patient has to have some injections of anaesthetic in the leg - this is because the minimally invasive methods such as lasering, all use heat to close the vein.
Research from The Whiteley Clinic has suggested that 1 in 7 women having varicose vein surgery are currently getting the wrong operation. Even worse, this rises to 1 in 5 women if they have had children.
A mother who suffers a severe phobia from veins, in particular varicose veins, has pleaded with doctors for them to amputate
Varicose veins are often thought to be "only" a cosmetic problem. However research over the last decade or so has shown this to be wrong. Some 20% of patients with varicose veins will go on to get leg ulcers if left untreated. Others will get swollen ankles, skin damage, discomfort, phlebitis or rarely bleeding.
As haemorrhoids are usually treated by bowel surgeons with little research or interest in venous surgery, traditionally haemorrhoids have just been chopped out - not only a very painful operation but also leading to recurrence in a large proportion of cases.
I suspect that as with many things in life, when a problem is found, the simple opposite of the cause of the problem is not always the solution. Sometimes common sense and understanding of the problem can lead to a far better solution which does not have increased economic and organisational costs.