Varicose Vein Surgery, Complications and Side Effects

The Downsides and Potential Dangers of Surgery

Varicose Veins Surgery Operation

First a little disclaimer. I am not a doctor and if you are considering surgery you should talk it over with a professional. Also when researching this article I found a lot people who had positive experiences with surgery. However I made this article to make you aware of some of the complications/inconveniences and potential dangers that these procedures can have. 

I think surgery is often pushed as being the most effective method…

And sometimes also the easiest…

Lets take a look at two procedures and see…

Laser Surgery And Vein Stripping

I’m going to talk about both of these procedures/operations, how they work…

and the downsides…

 

Lets Start With Laser Surgery

 

Laser therapy for spider veins

How It Works

This surgery is performed with, you guessed it, a laser.

  • A local anesthetic is applied to the area being treated
  • The laser is then used on this area
  • Light from the laser passes through the skin
  • This heats and destroys the vein
  • It is absorbed into the body
  • This gets rid of the vein

That’s how it works…

Now…

The Downsides

The first thing to note about this operation is that…

While each individual session only takes about 30 minutes…

It usually takes more than one session to get rid of the varicose veins..

Smaller veins are reported to take as little as 2 treatments, while larger veins can take as many as 6.

This is very important to note because it shows that this is not a quick solution…

Its not just that you have to take time out of your day to have the treatment performed…

You have to wait 4 to 8 weeks between each session

Varicose vein surgery time

Meaning that even if you only need two treatments, with 4 weeks between each session. It’s still 8 weeks EXCLUDING recovery time.

If you do the math it could take up to 48 weeks to get rid of the varicose veins and again that’s excluding recovery time.

 

How Much Is Laser Treatment?

How much is varicose vein laser surgery

Prices vary from clinic to clinic, but if you want to go the laser therapy route…

The average price according to one surgeon is between…

$250-$400 per session.

Since multiple sessions are needed this can quickly add up.

You get what you pay for is a term that seems to apply to this type of treatment…

So if you want to get rid of those spider veins, you want to make sure the surgeon performing the laser therapy, knows the procedure well…

Side Effects During Recovery Time

Varicose Vein laser surgery recovery time

Laser treatment doesn’t just stop your varicose veins immediately…

Actually during the process of receiving the multiple laser sessions…

Your varicose veins will look darker before they start to fade…

Again this is clearly not a quick fix method…

The Sun

Another complication is that it is strongly recommended that you stay out of the sun for the duration of the process.

It’s even advised against to to have this procedure in the summer.

Nerve Damage

I have not seen nerve damage being reported as a permanent side effect…

People do report strange sensations and tingling after receiving the surgery.

From the articles and responses from doctors I have read. Nerve damage is said to go away up to six months after the last session.

Bruising

This side effect is common. People usually have bruising occur on the area, where the laser therapy was executed.

These will stay for up to…

Two weeks and can be painful.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT for short is the medical term for a blot clot that happens within a vein….

Please note that from the reports I have read this extremely, extremely rare but still worth noting, as these can be incredibly serious…

 

Permanent Complications

These side effects, although they don’t always occur are more permanent…

Scarring and Skin color

Scarring can occur on the surface of the skin where the varicose vein is…

Skin around the location can also change to a  different color.

Burns

Burns are another one of the possible complications. While they are not a particularly regular occurrence…

It is important to note…

The Varicose Veins May Return

That’s right although this method can get rid of varicose veins…

It doesn’t stop the veins from coming back…

Over time these veins can return within a few short years..

Then you have to start the whole process over again…

 

Now Lets Move On To Vein Stripping

Varicose Vein Stripping Surgery

Stripping of varicose veins is the second method of surgery I will be talking about..

Here’s How It’s Done

  1. Two to three small cuts are made on your leg
  2. These small cuts are made near your groin, in the middle of the vein (if three cuts are being made) and the last will be on your calf or ankle
  3. Next a piece of plastic wire will be threaded into the vein, through the cut near your groin and down toward s the bottom cut
  4. The vein will then be tied with the plastic wire. The wire will then be pulled out of the bottom cut. This will cause the vein to come out with it.
  5. The cuts will then be closed with stitches
  6. After you are all bandaged up you can go home straight after the procedure

The Complications

A lot of the downsides of stripping surgery method are similar to the laser treatment method…

These are:

  • Varicose veins can return after a few short years
  • The price, although vein stripping is more expensive per go. The average price range being in the region of $1500-$3000
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis this is also extremely rare in this procedure but still worth knowing.

Other Side Effects

While laser surgery has a possibility of leaving scars…

Stripping surgery will definitely leave scars where the cuts are made…

Recovery Time

Stripping varicose vein surgery recovery time

The stripping surgery recovery is much more severe.

Firstly you have to wear compression stockings for up to two weeks after the operation…

Known for being uncomfortable to wear, particularly in hot weather…

…and for not being able to wash your legs when wearing them.

Strenuous exercise such as jogging, weight lifting, rowing etc is not allowed for two weeks after surgery. Or until your doctor instructs otherwise.

The Real Recovery Downside

People often need to take time off work…

Conservative estimates are 3 to 7 days…

BUT

Other estimates range from three to eight weeks.

Some people who have undergone stripping surgery also report this recovery time to be very painful.

 

Overall and Alternatives

If either laser or stripping surgery still appeals to you then I wish you all the best and a speedy recovery.

I personally think that the negatives outweigh the positives, particularly since you can fix varicose veins through natural solutions

If you are looking for natural alternatives to your varicose vein problem…

I strongly recommend you check out my articles which you can find by clicking here.

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