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I had it about ten years ago, had both legs done at the same time so I was off my feet for about 6 weeks I think (although that seems a long time, perhaps it was less). I'm glad I had it done though, my mum's were untreated and they cause her a lot of problems now.
I was mobile straight away - I had to wear two pairs of contention stockings for quite a while (a week?), and then one pair for a while longer. You shouldn't do this op in summer as it gets very hot and sweaty!
I had one done about 8 years ago, under GA. They stripped it out from my groin to my ankle. I have a 3 inch scar in the crease at the top of my leg, and a series of tiny white scars up the inside of my leg.
The pain afterwards was minimal, although lots of other people say they were in a lot of pain, so maybe I was lucky.
I had to wear a hideous surgical stocking for 6 weeks and wasn't even allowed to take it off to wash. That was the worst bit.
Also, when the stocking came off, I realised that the worst bit of the vein had actually been made up of two veins, so there was still (a much smaller) varicosed bit by my knee.
Erm, skin ulcers - I'm not a medic, not sure quite how to describe them - they're pretty horrible, usually associated with older people I guess, raw skin, struggles to heal, oozing horribly, lots of dressings that need changing by a nurse, that srot of thing. My mum had one.
someone with a brain will be along soon to explain properly I hope!
I have one right at the top of my thigh (inner), and it does get very inflamed and sore from time to time. I don't know how easy it would be to do anything about......it is in a bit of a delicate location . I just worry about it getting worse.
I think different NHS boards have different referral guidelines?
I was just at the doctor last week for my first medical issue with my (awful, hideously ugly) varicose veins. I have 'thrombos phlebitis' - an inflamed vein. It's right behind my left knee (amongst the mass of veiny awfulness, stretches from mid thigh to two thirds up my calf, right leg isn't quite as bad) and was really quite painful when it first happened, and has been intermittently painful since. And is painful if I prod it.
I'm only 31 by the way, and my veins started when I was 16
Apparently one episode of this is enough to get referred to the hospital, so I'm waiting eagerly for my letter to arrive now! Although I'm a bit scared at the same time. It would be good if I could get at least one leg fixed, but it's scary to think what it would entail. I can sign up for BUPA through my work, so if they'll fix my left leg on the NHS, I might then get my right leg done privately. Then I could wear something shorter than three inches above my ankle again [dreaming emoticon] . Seriously though, that would be amazing. The bumpiness now shows through (i.e. you can still see them sticking out) when I wear opaque tights and (even more depressingly) leggings! They really do suck And they ache and itch and burn etc etc etc.
That turned into rather a long rant about my veins - sorry!
I had laser surgery on mine in Nov. I had similar situation to Butterbur - GP winked and nidged me to say they were painful and then refered me privately as i had said I had insurance through work. Anyway, had the surgery November, and was in and out wihtin the morning. Worked from home the following week, but was back on my feet within 5 days or so. had to wear compression stockings, and it was a bit sore, but really nothng major, and was well worth it!
I had a million questions about the laser surgery before I had it, felt v anxious etc, and coping at home wiht a 2 and 3 year old, so if you do have any more questions about the laser op, please do shout and more than happy to answer!
ps amelia mine were in my lower leg/foot, so likewise havent worn anything short - ir indeed shorter than ankel length ie trousers/jeans for the last couple of years and have felt bloody miserable about it! Had me leg done in nov, so not had a summer to full appreciate it yet..but tentatively looking forward to it...really really hope you are able to get yours sorted soon.