VARICOSE VEIN SURGERY
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When coming for surgery, please bring the following:
- Relatively strong and wide (10-12 cm) elastic bandage (1 roll is sufficient for a slim leg, thicker legs require 2 rolls)
- A blood test taken up to 10 days previously.
- Take a bath or shower the night before surgery.
- Do not eat or drink after midnight.
- Please consult your doctor if you take insulin or any other permanent medication. You can obtain further information about possible methods of anaesthesia from your surgeon or anaesthesiologist if necessary.
In general, the main root of the vein under the skin of the leg and its expanded, varicose tributaries are removed. The wounds to the skin are as small as possible to achieve a better cosmetic effect, but this means haematomas may appear from the small tributaries of the veins. Your legs will be wrapped in elastic bandages on the operating table. Keep your legs at least at body height and do not get up without reason for 3-4 hours. Please inform a nurse if the bandage is too tight.
You can start on liquids when you begin to feel better. You can eat solids once you are tolerating liquids well. You may feel nauseous if the surgery was performed under general anaesthetic, but there are medicines to treat this.
We recommend that you use heparin ointments (such as Lioton 1000 Gel) on your legs 1-2 times a day to make the haematomas absorb more quickly. These ointments are available in pharmacies without prescription.
Stitches will be removed after 1-2 weeks, and a couple of days after this you may remove the plasters and wash the wounds. Please continue using the elastic bandage for 2-3 weeks after surgery until blood circulation in your leg adjusts to the new conditions. You may remove it a couple of times a day. When re-bandaging your leg, start with your toes and move towards your crotch. Later on you can wear elastic compression stockings or tights that can be bought in health shops or pharmacies. The occurrence of haematomas after surgery is normal and they will disappear within a couple of months.
On the first day after surgery, you may be up on your feet for about 30 minutes a couple of times a day. It is not advisable to walk up and down stairs. Avoid sitting or standing in the same position without moving your legs. Increase your mobility gradually in the following days. Rest with your feet up (for example, on pillows) for at least 1 hour in the morning, at lunchtime and in the evening. Depending on the surgery and the nature of your work, you will be able to return to work in 1-3 weeks time. Keep putting your feet up at times for a couple of months.