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Varicose veins laser surgery

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washngo Tue 30-Sep-14 06:07:49

Has anyone had laser surgery (EVLA) on their varicose veins? I am due to have it tomorrow and am anxious. They don't cause me any pain but are itchy and I dislike the way they look. The consultant I saw led me to believe that my case was pretty straightforward. Could anyone tell me what to expect?

washngo Tue 30-Sep-14 14:13:48


mum9876 Wed 01-Oct-14 11:05:19

I haven't I'm afraid but would be really interested to hear how you get on with it if you don't mind sharing.

Good luck!

washngo Wed 01-Oct-14 11:33:18

Will try to remember to report back mum9876! It's tomorrow morning so feeling nervous now!

mum9876 Wed 01-Oct-14 13:18:02

I hope it goes well!

washngo Wed 01-Oct-14 18:34:34


Littlepumpkinpie Wed 01-Oct-14 22:59:06

Hope all went well for you I am booked in to have mine done this month had my consultation/scan and very excited to be finally having mine done. Could I asked where you have had them done?

washngo Thu 02-Oct-14 21:05:20

Hi! It went ok, they couldn't do the whole vein as some of it was too close to my skin, and so the laser would have burnt my skin. But the hope is that doing the top part of the vein will solve the problems lower down too! If not it'll be back in again for some injections into the lower bits. But overall it was uncomfy but not painful. The stocking, however, is pretty horrendous. Tight, uncomfortable and not pretty! And it has to stay on non stop for one week, then just day times for 2 weeks. I'm already desperate to take it off!! Leg is pretty sore and bruised, am hoping it'll all be worth it in a few weeks time!

Karoleann Thu 02-Oct-14 23:26:33

I had mine done both legs 2 years ago. One appeared to become inflamed a couple of days later and walking was agony for a week or so afterwards. The surgeon was appalling and wouldn't see me for 10 days (I actually complained about him to the GMC and received an apology).

Anyway, after all that, the leg vein that became inflamed actually reappeared as a varicose vein and is now unsightly. The other leg looks okay.

Hope you get a better outcome than me.

mum9876 Fri 03-Oct-14 00:07:53

Pleased to hear you're ok op. It would be great if it did solve the problem. The stocking sounds awful - but will hopefully help.

mum9876 Fri 03-Oct-14 00:12:42

And if you can bear to, do tell us how you get on. There doesn't seem to be much information on it. DH has been told by the Dr, there is no treatment for it.

loueden Fri 10-Oct-14 23:43:56

Have just had it done today...

gailforce1 Sun 12-Oct-14 16:31:38

Are you going privately for treatment or NHS? Been researching this and found the Whiteley clinic in London and wondered if anyone has been there?

dotnet Thu 16-Oct-14 13:54:57

I had one leg done this summer (thanks to someone on MN who said NICE guidelines had changed - loosened up a little).

I was hugely impressed. Thrilled to have the leg done in the first place, andnow that it has been done, very glad to be rid of the achiness. I think I might feel OK about wearing knee length skirts next summer, as well, which is just brilliant. I am so pleased and happy.

I was also really pleased with the experience. It wasn't nice,but it really wasn't all that bad at all. The surgeon told me he'd stop and give me a 'breather' anytime on request if the experience was getting a bit hairy. But actually I didn't need that, and concentrated on chatting to the male nurse who was standing at my head.

What happened was, I was unable to see anything (what a blessing!) as a screen like a table tennis net was put up at chest height. There was a TV screen where I could watch a bit of what was going on, if I really wanted to- that is, I could see the probe and laser doing their stuff.

The surgeon made lots of nicks alohg the vein-I don't remember them hurting all that much; he'd used local anaesthetic- and I think the probe and laser were threaded through. I had to wear protective goggles to safeguard my eyes against the bright light of the laser, and every so often there'd be that bright light, a certain sound and a burning pain. Just as the burning was beginning to make me feel 'hang on, I can't quite cope with this', it would stop again - phew. Each burst lasted just a few seconds. All this time the lovely male nurse was making jokes and telling me I was doing really well. I meanwhile told HIM there was no way I was going to complain about anything - I was just so grateful to have the thing done.

Near the end there was an unpleasant dragging feeling - sore. I thought at first that maybe the vein was being pulled out, but now I realise what it was, was the laser and the wire being pulled back out, having done their job.

I was sprayed afterwards (my leg I mean) with some sort of strange waxy stuff, and then the leg was bandaged. I couldn't immerse it in water for a week, so I had shallow baths with my ankle lifted out of the water on an upturned beaker!

Now, two months have passed and I have to go back to the hospital next week to be looked over and, I suppose, be discharged fully. I've still got a few bruisy marks and nick marks from where I was cut, but they're very minor, and I am so, so pleased and grateful to have had that operation done. It was really absolutely fine, and it was just amazing to get up straight afterwards and go out on to the ward for an hour's sit-down and a cup of coffee!

The brusing was bad, not surprisingly, and one of the places where I was cut, went hard and lumpy. I was a little worried about it, but before I got to the point of asking if anything might be wrong, it started to settle down like the other places where the cuts had been made. The bruising did last quite a long time - maybe four weeks, or five - I'm not sure.

About the operation itself, the nurse taking care of me made me feel as if I'd been quite brave, but really I hadn't. The experience wasn't too bad at all; I felt very well cared for, and my leg now does feel better and I'm very much happier about its appearance as well.

I should add I had a couple of veins out years ago, the 'old' way, and there's just no comparison.

Laser vein surgery - yay! Way to go! I am SO grateful.

Littlepumpkinpie Sun 19-Oct-14 22:27:25

I had both legs done yesterday was sore last night and found it very hard to sleep with these stockings on so restricting. after it was done I sat up and looked at my legs WOW the bulgy ugly veins were gone so pleased. I finally had it done.

Monica215 Sun 18-Oct-15 15:16:19

Hi I have been to the doctors about my varicose veins and have been referred to see a specialist. I have a choice of two hospitals Heartlands or Good Hope dint know which one would be the best thanks.

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