Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
There are numerous benefits to undergoing varicose vein removal. This includes:
In order to determine if one is a candidate for varicose vein surgery, the answers to the one or several of the following questions must be “Yes”.
If the answers to one of a series of the above questions are yes, then you may be suffering from varicose veins. This makes you a perfect candidate for varicose vein surgery. If you are not experiencing any discomfort from varicose veins, surgical treatment may not be necessary.
Varicose stripping is generally not advised for the following:
Prior to surgery, you will have a consultation with one of our surgeons, who will physically examine your legs. This will give the surgeon an idea of where the varicose veins are located. In some instances, it may be necessary to undergo an ultrasound or duplex scan so the surgeon can have a more accurate view of where the affected veins are, as well as analyse the valves and blood flow. This helps the surgeon to eliminate any types of thromboses or clots.
You will need to inform the surgeon about any types of medication you are currently taking. You may need to stop taking some medications prior to surgery, as some medications may cause side effects.
Centre for Surgery offers two treatment types for varicose vein removal: surgery, and a non-surgical injection sclerotherapy. During consultation, your surgeon will be able to determine which method is best for you.
This is a non-surgical option which aims to remove varicose veins.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution called a sclerosant into the veins. This solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, which causes it to collapse and results in blood clotting within the vein. Your body will then turn the vein into scar tissue and it will naturally dissolve, removing the vein from view.
Depending on how many veins you have, you may need multiple treatments.
If you have extensive or large veins, injection sclerotherapy may not be suitable for you, and you will need to undergo surgical removal.
The surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic known as ClearSleep™.
Unlike other general anaesthetics, ClearSleep™ does not involve the use of breathing tubes or machines. You will also wake up quicker following the procedure, and experience a heightened sense of wellness.
The procedure will take between 60 to 90 minutes to complete, depending on how many veins need to be removed and their location. Varicose vein removal is performed as an outpatient surgery so you will be able to go home the same day as your surgery.
Centre for Surgery uses the stripping method to remove varicose veins. The surgeon will make a few small incisions – one at the top of the vein, and one near the knee or ankle. The varicose vein is also tied to ensure the blood flow is stopped while the procedure takes place. A wire is passed along the vein, which is then pulled, removing the varicose veins.
Varicose vein surgery is a safe procedure. Nevertheless, there are risks associated with this type of surgery, and your vascular surgeon will discuss them with you:
Risks may be increased if you choose to travel overseas for surgery.
Keep in mind that these risks are unlikely to be experienced by the vast majority of the patients.
Recovery will vary depending on whether you underwent sclerotherapy or had a surgical procedure.
The recovery will be much quicker for sclerotherapy, as it is a non-surgical procedure. After the procedure, you may not wish to drive yourself home, so you may wish to have a family member or friend pick you up from the clinic.
You will be able to resume your daily activities right away. You will be encouraged to walk around.
You will have to wear compression pads and bandages for about five days. You will also have to wear stockings which will help to compress the treated veins.
The total recovery period for surgical varicose vein removal takes about two to four weeks. This will vary depending on the number of veins which were stripped as well as their location.
You will be prescribed pain medication, which will help you to manage any pain and discomfort experienced during the recovery period.
You will have bandages, which will be able to be removed after about four days.
During the recovery period, it is important to ensure you rest and stay off your feet as much as possible. You will need to ensure you keep your legs elevated while sitting. After four weeks, you will be able to resume your normal daily activities and return to your usual work schedule.
Varicose veins are large, twisted veins which appear on the legs. Unlike spider veins, varicose veins can cause physical side effects. Some people will wish to remove the veins to help the physical symptoms, while others will wish to remove them purely for aesthetic reasons.
You may be interested in varicose vein removal if you:
Varicose vein removal takes between 60 to 90 minutes to complete, depending on how many veins are being removed and their location.
A local anaesthetic will be used. This means you will be awake for the procedure but unable to feel any pain in the treatment area.
Recovery will generally take around two to four weeks.
You may wish to take pain medication to help alleviate any pain and discomfort.
After the procedure, you will have bandages applied to your legs. These can be removed after four days.
It is important that you rest as much as possible, however, you will be encouraged to walk in order to avoid blood clots occurring.
This will vary depending on your type of employment. You will need to avoid physical exercise for four weeks. After this point, you will be able to return to your usual day-to-day activities at work.
If you had sclerotherapy, you will be able to return to work the day after the procedure.
You will be required to wear a compression garment following the surgery. You will also have to wear compression stockings, which will help to compress the treated veins.
You will have to avoid all strenuous activity for four weeks.
During the recovery period, you will need to undertake light activities such as walking in order to avoid blood clots forming.