Thanks KS. I assume you had them 'stripped' or cut out; can I ask why you chose surgery as opposed to other less intrusive methods? And yes, it would be good to get some details of everything: time in hospital, time off work, appearance afterwards, any after effects etc. I'd appreciate that a lot.
i have had bruises on my leg for 4-5 years due to the lack of circulation in my leg, so my gp advised surgery, the other options including natural healing were temporary and didnt really solve the problem but hide it. but beware, the flow is directed down another vein, so in all probablility, 20-40 years down the track they will be back.
it is the simplest operation...i went under around 9.30am and came out around 11.30pm. the operation was only an hour or so and the rest of the hour was recovery. note this is the aussie system, i did have to get into the hospital by 6.30am so there was a lot of waiting. i was eventually discharged between 1pm and 1.30pm.
i could walk (and was encouraged to do so) straight after the surgery. your leg is mummified so walking is a tad difficult.
a week later i went to get the bandages cut off, doctor inspected the leg and said all was okay. there are clots of blood along your leg that take a bit of massage, eventually they disappear.
today, no more veins my still 1-2 incision points where they removed the veins all down my leg that will eventually disappear.
all in all i took a week and a half off, but i also had major sick leave to utilise so had 2-3 days extra recovery.
if i have forgotten anything or you need anything else then let me know.
I spoke to the surgeon after my operation.He said the cause was ( explained in my none medical vocabulary !!) . That basically veins have valves, these get blocked which causes the vein to die due to lack of oxygen. Once dead they expand to over 100 / 150 size thier width and float to top of the skin / surface hence making them look worse than what they really are.
He went on to say that it was nothing to do with diet / lifestyle etc
my gp and surgeon also said it had nothing to do with diet/lifestyle and that it was indeed genetic. in my case, my dad had them and his dad had them.
they explained it as most "ordinary people" have say 10 veins in their legs to carry blood from my groin to my foot and i only had 4-5 veins. therefore, to accomodate all the blood the veins would expand.