Varicose Vein Surgery - Medical Negligence Solicitors Compensation Claims


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Varicose Vein Surgery

Varicose veins are dilated veins, which can be large or small, and are mostly located on the legs. They develop when there is increased pressure on the inside wall of the vein from gravity and standing on one's leg for a long time. They are partially hereditary so if your mother or sister had varicose veins, you are likely to have varicose veins as well.

Surgery to correct varicose veins can mean ligation or tying off of the vein or vein stripping of larger veins. Small veins can be treated with sclerotherapy. Varicose veins are best treated under the following conditions:

  • You have tried home remedies and the varicose veins have not been responsive.
  • The symptoms are bothering you even if you have tried home remedies.
  • You don't like the way the varicose veins look. This is when radiofrequency treatment, laser treatment or sclerotherapy can make a big difference in how you're seeing the varicose veins.

You need to know that there are less invasive options to treating varicose veins. These less invasive procedures are done more often than varicose vein surgeries and can give decent results without the risk of surgery. They include laser treatment, stab avulsion, phlebectomy and radiofrequency treatments.

Some people believe that vein surgery will improve how the legs look even though these are veins that are not causing any other problems in your life. In such cases, vein surgery might be helpful as long as you have no health problems that could make vein surgery dangerous or risky. Remember that varicose vein surgery is for the most part a cosmetic procedure and it is not done for medical reasons. Some women have aching in the legs from varicose veins, however. The varicose vein treatment can involve a combination of sclerotherapy and varicose vein surgery, depending on how they look.

Non surgical procedures can be done in lieu of vein surgery that each have their pros and cons. All of these are minimally invasive surgeries:

  • Sclerotherapy is a nonsurgical procedure that involves the injection of a chemical into the vein so the vein closes off.
  • Laser therapy uses the heat of the laser to put a scar into the vein so it closes off. It includes doing endovenous laser treatments.
  • Phlebectomy, also called stab avulsion. This is a technique by which tiny incisions are made in the skin. The tiny varicose vein is removed.
  • Radiofrequency treatment is used on large varicose veins by adding radiofrequency energy to the vein.

Laser and radiofrequency treatment tend to feel less painful and heal faster when compared to those who go ahead and have vein stripping surgery. The results often look the same whether or not the procedure is major or minimally invasive. Complications of varicose vein surgery might require further surgery, especially if your varicose veins are severe or if you have developed chronic venous insufficiency.

Major complications of varicose veins are not common but can include:

  • Leg ulcers. These can be extremely painful ulcers that form near where the varicose veins were, especially if they're near the ankles. These ulcers are also caused by a long term build up in the tissues and by increased pressure of blood within the veins. It starts out as a discolored spot that gradually degenerates into an ulcer. Talk to your doctor immediately if you are unfortunate enough to develop an ulcer.
  • Blood clots. On occasion, the deep veins of the leg will swell and become enlarged with blood clots. This is called deep vein thrombosis. The deep vein can become inflamed, and can cause thrombophlebitis. The blood clot can travel to the lungs, causing a fatal or near fatal pulmonary embolus.

Varicose Vein Surgery - Medical Negligence Solicitors

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here