These appear as widely spread, trailing superficial leg veins that have formed because the blood flows into the legs and not toward the heart, due to defective venous valves. This leads to blockages, swelling and often pain. Untreated varicose veins can result in vein inflammation and, in worst case scenarios, to thromboses and ulcerated legs.
Following an in-depth meeting with your doctor, your vein function will be tested by way of a complex examination. With the aid of coloured blood flow, the vessels are shown on an ultrasound picture. These examinations are completely painless, safe and routine. Should defective venous valves be diagnosed, the surgical treatment (with the so called ‘stripping’ method) will be performed on the veins – in-house on an outpatient basis. Patients can also stay overnight in our clinic, should they so wish.
Treatment and operation preparation: Obtain timely, comprehensive medical advice and risk awareness, plus a full medical check-up with blood evaluation and ECG. This can of course be carried out here, in-house. These costs will be covered by your health insurance in cases that are medically necessary. In the event of an aesthetic operation, these preparatory sessions must be paid for privately (ca. 100€ to 200€ per session).
Duration of operation: ca. 1.0-1.5 hours
Anaesthesia: General, spinal or tumescent are all possible on request
Staying at the clinic: Usually outpatient. However, a comfortable bedroom is available on request.
Work incapacity: ca. 2 weeks
Social capacity: With compression stockings, just a few days after operation.
Sport: Slow and careful return to sport after 2 weeks.
Sun-bathing and solarium: 6 weeks at the earliest, but ought, in respect of the vein system, be avoided in general.
Sauna: 6 weeks at the earliest, but ought, in respect of the vein system, be avoided in general.
After care: Removal of threads after 8-12 days; compression stocking for 6 weeks; control examination after 3 months.
Special risks: As with all operations, we can never rule out certain risks altogether. A varicose vein operation is, however, a relatively safe procedure. Some occasional complications include healing problems, bruising or temporary sensitivity defects. The likelihood of a thrombosis with this type of operation is under 1%. You will be informed in detail of all risks associated with this operation during your consultations with both the surgeon and anaesthetist.
Cost absorption: Generally covered by health insurance.