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Varicose Vein Surgery

Varicose Vein Surgery

Affecting 3 in every 10 adults, varicose veins are a common condition which can be effectively managed and treated. While some people do not require any form of treatment, others will need surgery to remove the affected veins. It is vital, however, that the surgeon performs this operation with the utmost skill and attention. Otherwise, a patient could find their health has been seriously compromised.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins develop when the valves in the veins weaken, causing blood to flow backwards and accumulate. To understand why this might happen, it is necessary to take a closer look at how veins function:

Veins transport blood back to the heart, meaning they must often work against gravity particularly veins in the legs. To help them do this, there are a series of valves which open to let blood through before closing again, thereby ensuring a one-way system. Muscles then contract to push blood upwards, allowing the blood return to the heart.

However, if the veins lose their elasticity, the valves will lose their strength. Consequently blood will leak back through the valves and collect in the veins. This will cause the veins to become noticeably swollen and enlarged, often taking on a lumpy or twisted appearance with a dark blue or purple colour.

Treating Varicose Veins

For many people, varicose veins do not pose a health risk or cause any discomfort, and thus treatment may not be needed. However, treatment may be necessary if varicose veins are causing other health complications such as:-

  • Leg ulcers;
  • Varicose eczema;
  • Swelling;
  • Skin discoloration;
  • Chronic venous insufficiency;
  • Pain and discomfort.

If varicose veins are small to medium in size, your GP or vascular specialist (a doctor who specialises in veins) may suggest the use of compression stockings. These are tight at the ankle and get looser towards the leg, therefore encouraging circulation.

However, larger varicose veins may require surgery. This will be performed under general anaesthetic, and will often involve tying off the affected vein and removing it a technique known as 'ligation and stripping'. This will not have a negative impact on circulation, as the other, deeper veins will take over the role of the removed veins.

Varicose Vein Surgery Negligence

While varicose vein surgery normally goes according to plan, there are sadly times when the operation is performed to a substandard level. This could result in further health complications for a patient. In particular, we often hear from people who have suffered vessel or nerve damage due to a surgeon's lack of skill. This can lead to mobility problems.

If this has happened to you, you need to speak to a medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible. This is because you may well be entitled to make a medical negligence claim for the poor level of treatment you have received. If your claim is successful, you will be awarded compensation for the pain and suffering this has caused you.

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