Arteries carry blood away from the heart, and around the body. Veins carry blood back to the heart. Varicose veins are swollen veins on the surface of the leg that no longer function efficiently. They usually start on the calf, but can be found right up to the groin. They are usually more obvious when you stand up.
Varicose Vein Surgery is required for patients who are suffering in pain, inflamed or ulcerated.
Vascular surgeons see and treat many patients who don’t require surgery. Some patients require investigations. Often patients need healthy lifestyle advice including a suitable diet, regular exercise and stopping smoking, combined with appropriate medication to help prevent a future heart attack or stroke.
Frequently, vascular surgery involves minimally invasive or endovascular surgery with the aim of restoring normal blood flow. This can include angioplasty where narrowed or obstructed arteries are widened and inserting stents to keep the vessels open. Open vascular surgery is required for some patients.
Vascular surgery treats diseases of the vascular system including your arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels.
Patients requiring vascular surgery suffer from many different vascular disorders that adversely affect their quality of life. These include carotid artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease, thoracic outlet syndrome, varicose veins, lymphatic disorders, excessive sweating and deep vein thrombosis.
Patients requiring vascular surgery may need urgent or planned treatment. As vascular disease is a chronic condition, treatment can be ongoing.
Vascular surgery is a branch of medicine that specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of blood vessel diseases.
Vascular surgeons are experts in diseases of the arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels. They treat all parts of your vascular system excluding the heart and the brain.
Vascular surgery is performed to maintain the function of your body’s circulatory system.
Vascular surgeons treat a wide variety of conditions including:
Some of the main vascular surgery procedures are:
The costs of a vascular surgery will depend on the condition you are diagnosed with, the exact of surgery required and your Ramsay hospital of choice.
You will receive a formal quotation price after your consultation with one of our expert vascular surgeons. This formal quote for your surgery will be valid for 60 days. You can rest-assured that it includes unlimited aftercare.
We have a number of finance options if you are paying for your surgery yourself. These include:
Vascular surgery is covered by most medical insurance policies, unless it is varicose vein treatment for cosmetic reasons. We advise that you obtain written confirmation from your insurance company before having your vascular scan.
The recovery process of a vascular surgery will depend on your condition and the surgery you are having done.
If you have an endovascular (minimally invasive) surgery your recovery will be much quicker than if you have open vascular surgery when you may need time in the intensive care unit and the hospital.
Some varicose vein procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and you can go home a few hours after your surgery.
Angioplasty and stenting are often performed on a day case basis so you go home the same day.
Open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair surgery is a major operation. Most patients recover in the intensive care unit after the surgery and stay in hospital for five to ten days. Full recovery may take two or three months.
You will be invited for a follow-up appointment to check your recovery and to offer lifestyle advice and support.
Here at Ramsay Health Care, we offer a wide array of vascular services to diagnose and treat blood vessel disorders.
We offer convenience, comfort and personalised attention. What is more, leading vascular surgeons with specialised experience in all aspects of vascular and lymph conditions work as part of a multidisciplinary team to ensure the best possible patient care. They work closely with specialists in vascular medicine, heart conditions (cardiovascular medicine), nervous system conditions (neurology), physical medicine and rehabilitation, and imaging (radiology).
They perform the latest vascular and endovascular surgical techniques in our state-of-the-art facilities. Your vascular surgeon will discuss with you all of the suitable treatment options and together, you'll choose the approach that's best for your situation. Often minimally invasive procedures are performed. They generally have excellent outcomes and rapid recovery.
Our expert vascular surgeons carry out balloon angioplasty and complex stenting procedures, blood clot removal and bypass surgery. They treat conditions including peripheral artery disease, aortic aneurysm disease, carotid artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, varicose veins and excessive sweating.
Sometimes blood flow pressure can damage or strain the valves in the veins which should only let the blood flow one way – towards the heart. This means blood can collect in pools in the veins.
Varicose veins are made worse by standing for long periods, by being constipated or overweight and by pregnancy. Women tend to suffer from varicose veins more than men!
You will usually see varicose veins before you get any other problems from them.
They appear as wiggly raised lines above the surface of the skin on the legs. You may find that they start to ache as the day goes on. You may also notice that your feet and ankles swell towards the end of the day, especially in hot weather. If varicose veins are left untreated they can become inflamed or even ulcerated.
Varicose Vein Surgery – problematic or unsightly varicose veins that are not resolving by conservative methods, such as compression stockings, can be treated with surgery.
There are a variety of options available to treat varicose veins
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