LASER TREATMENT OF VARICOSE VEINS
Veins are the part of the cardiovascular system that collects blood around the body and feeds it to the heart. Vein disorders occur mainly in the legs, so vein treatment is targeted to this area.
Mainly due to inherited weak vascular walls, but partly also due to increased physical exertion, over the years the superficial veins in the legs become so enlarged that they become visible as varicose veins. The valves in the veins become too small and no longer carry blood towards the heart.
Blood returns to the leg through the superficial veins, the legs start to swell, night cramps and itching appear, and the skin turns brown. The legs become heavy and painful. Finally, a chronic ulcer appears on the shin.
This disorder can be prevented with timely action, so preventive measures are needed even just due to increased hereditary risk. Walking on soft grass, cycling, and swimming, especially in salt water, are recommended. Prolonged periods of stillness, sitting cross-legged, and overheating your legs in hot water should be avoided.
If the two major veins in the legs are damaged, surgical treatment is necessary. At the Fabjan Medical Centre in Celje, the diseased vein is removed by conventional surgery or closed with a laser.
A conventional surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and the patient is fit for work in a month.
The laser approach is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anaesthesia. The patient is able to walk immediately afterwards and is rehabilitated within a week.
AFTER THE SURGERY
What should I do after laser surgery? After the procedure, the patient’s leg is wrapped with an elastic bandage or they wear an elastic sock. The bandage or sock stays on the leg for three days continuously, but if the leg feels tight, tingly, or numb, the patient should unwrap their leg in the supine position and then rewrap it slightly less tightly.
After the procedure, patients can walk immediately – we recommend walking for at least 10 minutes every hour. They should avoid prolonged sitting or standing still.
The first leg dressing is generally done after three days with the patient’s GP, unless other arrangements were made. There is no need to remove the stitches, as they will disintegrate on their own.
All of these problems are taken care of at the Fabjan Medical Centre in Celje, where a team of qualified specialists will advise you and perform your surgery quickly without waiting, returning you to normal life as soon as possible.