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Varicose Vein Surgery

Varicose veins can be treated without surgery but if the varicose vein lifestyle changes don’t work, then surgery is recommended. There are several types of varicose vein surgery to consider. The goals of these procedures are to prevent complications of the disease, improve appearance and relieve current symptoms. The main procedures used to treat varicose veins include the following:

  • Sclerotherapy: This is a procedure that uses a liquid chemical irritant that, when applied, closes off the varicose vein. This chemical is injected into the varicose vein and acts as an irritant. The vein scars, closes off and fades away. Doctors can do small veins in the office, while larger veins are done in the hospital operating room. Treatments can be done as often as every 4-6 weeks apart.
  • Microsclerotherapy: This is a good treatment for spider veins and related smaller veins. A very fine needle is used to inject the scleral chemical, resulting in the ability for large patches of spider veins to be treated.
  • Laser therapy: This uses energy from a laser machine and applies it to a varicose vein. The vein fades away from the laser light application. It is mainly helpful in treating small varicose veins.
  • Endovenous ablation therapy: This uses radio waves or lasers to create a form of heat that closes off the offending vein. The doctor inserts a tiny catheter into the vein. It is the catheter that heats up, obliterating the vein. The patient is awake during the procedure but there is local anaesthesia around the vein.
  • Endoscopic vein surgery: the surgeon makes a cut in the skin in the vicinity of the varicose vein. An endoscope with a camera moves through the vein. The vein is closed off with a device located at the end of the endoscopy camera. It is reserved for severe cases in which the varicose vein is associated with ulceration of the skin.
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy: Cuts are made in the skin near varicose veins and small veins are pulled out of the skin. There is local anaesthesia applied to the affected areas but the patient remains awake.
  • Vein stripping and ligation: This is used for severe case of varicose veins. Each vein is located, tied off and ligated. The end of the surgery involves multiple small incisions on the skin. You will have this procedure done under general anaesthesia. It takes about 1-4 weeks to recover from this procedure even though it is done under a general anaesthesia.

There are several different complications from varicose vein removing procedures. A study was done of 973 limbs in 599 patients between 1985 and 1993. The patients were mainly female at a ratio of 2:1. The average age of the patient was 49 years. The patients were primarily treated by a vascular surgeon.

No one died following varicose vein surgery. Wound complications included a haematoma at the affected site, cellulitis and abscess. These wound complications occurred in around 2.8 percent of limbs. There were occasionally neurological complications at a rate of 6.6 percent. Leakage of groin lymph fluid happened in 5 patients. Each of these patients had had an exploratory surgery of the groin to look for reoccurrence of vein problems. The major complications included 3 cases of deep vein thrombosis, one pulmonary embolism, and one case of foot drop. In one case, a common femoral vein was injured and received a vein patch surgery. Major complications occurred slightly less than one percent. Minor complications happened to 17 percent of patients. Patients who had large varicose vein repair had a slightly greater degree of complications than those patients who were having small varicose veins repaired.

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