Operation? Yes or No?

Every second Swiss citizen aged 25 to 74 is affected by varicosis (varicose veins). And, in the case of every seventh person, this causes symptoms and functional problems that make an operation seem advisable (Source: Widmer. Stählin. Nissen, da Sifva: Prospektive-epidemiologische Untersuchung Basler Studie I-III).

Possible risks

Untreated varicose veins can lead to deep vein thrombosis, which in turn can trigger a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.

Necessity for surgery

It is advisable to discuss the options on a case-by-case basis during a personal consultation. The basic rule of thumb is that surgery should not be delayed for too long, as there is no telling when any of the potential complications may occur.


Possible post-operative complications

In rare cases some nerve damage may occur. However this risk is far smaller than that of untreated varicose veins causing deep vein thrombosis, a pulmonary embolism or leg ulcer.

In the initial post-operative period, some hardening of tissue may occur on the thigh and lower leg. There may be some loss of sensation in the surrounding skin. For instance, these areas may be slightly uncomfortable or sensitive to touch. This is a normal part of the healing process and not visible to others. However, nature does need time to heal, and full recovery may take as long as one and a half to two years.

A further risk following surgery is the development of deep vein thrombosis. However, we take very reliable precautions to ensure this extremely rare phenomenon does not occur (see also Post-operative).

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Dr. med. Claudia L. Yattara-Baratti | FMH Chirurgie/Phlebologie SGP
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