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Experience of leg vein stripping please

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Thebewilderbeest Mon 16-May-16 22:44:51

12 days ago I had two veins stripped from my leg. Long story short, my varicose veins were bad enough for the NHS to bother with, the first surgeon messed it up and as a result they have had to strip them the old fashioned way instead of the more modern methods that are preferred now.

My leg still hurts like hell, I was expecting pain obviously, but I am due back at work on Thursday and I am horrified at the idea of 5 hours on my feet. I work part time as a cleaner.

I am moving around as much as I can, but at the moment about an hour of pottering is all I can manage before I have to hobble to the sofa and get my feet up to relieve the pain.

Should I get signed off for another week? Or do I need to push through the pain to get the blood flowing? I haven't even driven yet because I don't think I would be safe. Has anyone else had this done? Thanks.

VocationalGoat Mon 16-May-16 22:48:32

Definitely get signed off, especially if you've had stripping. I've had four procedures over the past decade on my right leg. The first time was a stripping and it seemed to be weeks before I was back on my feet. Definitely get signed off for a week or two.

VocationalGoat Mon 16-May-16 22:51:12

Meaning get signed of for a further week or two. It took me a month to walk properly the first time around. The newer procedures are so much better BUT my veins are already coming back after a year. Stripping gives you much better results, though it's definitely more painful with a far longer recovery time. flowers

Thebewilderbeest Mon 16-May-16 23:15:12

Thanks, was worried I was just being a pansy!

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