Traditional surgery of varicose veins This intervention involves a surgical removal of the insufficient part of the aesthetically problematic vein. Either a special wire with stripper is inserted into the vein, or the vein is “pulled out” from the leg using a hook and a small pean forceps. This intervention involves a surgical removal of the insufficient part of the aesthetically problematic vein. Either a special wire with stripper is inserted into the vein, or the vein is “pulled out” from the leg using a hook and a small pean forceps, which is accompanied by bleeding from the ripped branches, that were originally leading to the vein, into the subcutaneous tissue. The bleeding is ceased by compression – pressing – with an elastic bandage, but even so bruising (hematomas) may occur along the stripped vein after the surgery. Due to the hematomas, the recovery is lengthier. Clots are usually absorbed within weeks; they may sometimes leave a temporary or permanent pigmentation.
Preparing for surgery
- Please comply with the doctors’ instructions and dates of your follow-up examinations.
- One day prior to the intervention, carefully shave the extremity that will be treated while avoiding any small injuries to the skin.
- Bring comfortable clothes and compression stockings, if you’re equipped with them.
Compression grades and regimen
during the day of the intervention and the first 5 to 7 days following the intervention, the stocking should be worn for 24 hours a day with a possibility of taking down for hygiene purposes. Afterwards, for the next ten days, the stocking should be worn during the day with the possibility of taking down for night time (lying down in bed for sleep). After the surgery If the intervention is performed outpatient, your ability to resume normal activities may be limited. Please arrange a pick up for after the intervention. We recommend wearing a compression stocking II after the procedure. A normal daily regimen without limitations may be resumed after the intervention. We recommend sufficiency of physical activity in the form of walking. You should not actively participate in the traffic, drive a vehicle or work with dangerous machines. During the next 3 weeks, we further recommend to avoid hot baths, bubble spa, solariums (tanning beds), and exposure of the treated site to a direct sun light. Avoid getting cold during cold season.
Greater physical activity is not recommended for at least 14 days after the surgery. Inform your doctor immediately if you experience pain, sensitivity impairment, numbness, or your toes are turning blue. For an uncomplicated postoperative course please comply with all further instructions included in the information sheet.