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.
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.
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.
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:
Keep in mind that these risks are unlikely to be experienced by the vast majority of the patients. Varicose stripping is ill-advised for the following:
The total recovery period 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.
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.
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.