Varicose Veins Surgery
Surgical removal of varicose veins by the traditional method of "stripping" has been the mainstay of treatment for many years but over the last 15 years new techniques of nonsurgical treatment have proved to be superior in terms of reducing the risk of recurrence and reducing the inherent risks of admitting a patient to a hospital and having a surgical procedure performed in an operating theatre.
The trend now is leaning towards the use of new technologies in an office based environment which require much shorter durations of time for treatment so that patients can return to their daily activities almost immediately and start using their legs again almost straight away - keeping downtime to a minimum. Treatment in the morning - return to work that afternoon.
There are several reasons for this:
- High risk of varicose veins recurring after surgery. Published studies show 66% within 5 years, 75% at 8 years.
- General Anaesthetic
- Hospitalization. Inpatient procedures involving an operating theatre and then transfer to a recovery suite and then to a bed in a hospital ward have a greatly increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) developing - with the potential for Pulmonary Embolus, a life threatening event.
- Damage to the deep venous system
- Longer recovery time.
- Risk of permanent damage to the lymphatic system and cutaneous nerves of the leg.
- Permanent scarring of the skin.
- Wound infections and haematomas
Read about Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy and Endovenous Thermal Ablation of varicose veins elsewhere on our website.