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Open varicose vein removal surgery

What is varicose vein removal surgery?

Varicose veins or spider veins appear red and purple, and are veins which aren’t functioning properly. Varicose veins mean that the valves are ill-functioning and blood isn’t able to circulate properly. Open varicose vein surgery is a surgical procedure done to remove varicose veins from the legs.

How is varicose vein surgery done?

Tests will be done to confirm whether or not you are a candidate for this surgery. People who have skin infections, poor leg circulation, skin infections and those who are pregnant or overweight may not be able to have this surgery. Once under general anaesthesia, Dr Noorbhai will make several incisions at the top, in the groin, and at the bottom of the varicose vein near the calf or ankle. A plastic wire will then be used to thread through the vein and clear the vein from blockages. Finally, your surgeon will close the two incisions with stitches and apply compression stockings to the legs.

Why would varicose vein surgery be done?

This surgery is done to fix the blockages in the veins, if you suffer from blood clots, have constant throbbing pain in your legs and have sores or ulcers on the skin. Additionally, this surgery is done to remove varicose veins or spider veins from the legs for a cosmetic reasons.

How long will I be in hospital?

Most patients are able to go home once anaesthesia wears off. How soon you will be discharged from hospital depends on whether you are able to drink liquids when waking up and how much pain you have.

What will happen after my varicose vein removal surgery?

Following surgery your wounds may have a little bleeding and you may have bruising. A stinging or burning sensation may be felt afterwards as well. Bruising should go down in the next 3 weeks. You will not be able to be on your feet for 3 to 4 days after surgery and will need to keep your legs elevated. Re-consult if you have an unusually high temperature, chills, vomiting, swelling around the incisions, bleeding or pussing from the wound or you are experiencing excessive pain as emergency care may be needed. Approximately 3 weeks after your operation you will be seen by your surgeon to check your wounds.

How soon after the surgery can I resume normal activities?

You will be able to resume normal activities soon after your surgery, however it is important to start slowly. If you experience pain during a certain activities, stop that activity. You may not do any heavy lifting or vigorous physical activity for at least 10 – 14 days after surgery.

What are the potential risks and complications of a varicose vein surgery?

The risk of complications during surgery is very low, however, there are risks involved in any surgery and the following complications can occur:

  • Infection of the wound or internal infection.
  • Heavy bleeding.
  • Blood clots.
  • Bruising or scaring.
  • Nerve damage.
  • Risks from general anaesthetic.
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