The bulging veins (varicose veins) started causing pain so went to my doctor for advice. My legs would burn, throb, itch and sometimes had muscle cramps. When I stood for a long time this would actually get worse and had to take care of it. The doctor and I discussed nonsurgical treatment such as not standing too long, raising my legs at bedtime and agreed to try this for 2 weeks and see what happened. My job required standing sometimes and could not avoid that. During that 2 week period the pain lessened a bit but was still intolerable so back to the doctor I went. At that visit we discussed other treatments that would be better for me. Sclerotherapy was ruled out as the veins that were a problem were large varicose veins and this is usually for the small veins. We then discussed ambulatory phlebectomy. With this procedure the surgeon makes a series of tiny puncture holes along the vein and then takes out small segments of the vein. These incisions don’t need stitches. It is performed in a 45-minute time period under local anesthesia at an outpatient center. He told me most experience very little pain and after the procedure are able to walk immediately. This sounded good to me as was not able to take much time off from work as it was getting into a busy season for us.
I went home and discussed this with my husband who felt it was best and then talked to may boss about taking 3 days off in case the procedure was not as easy as the doctor promised. One thing you have to remember is doctors downplay pain, procedures as they are so used to them on a day to day basis.
So it was scheduled for 2 weeks away and was very eager to get it done as sick of the pain. Went to day surgery on the day of the procedure fasting of course. After deemed ready for the surgery was injected with a local anesthetic into the area where the procedure would be done and they waited for the numbness to ocurr. This did not take long and then the procedure started. Did not want to see anything so lay there with my eyes shut thinking about the ocean, my next vacation and happy times. The procedure took about 45 minutes and when the numbness wore off which was right after they were done I really was able to walk out of there. I later on, about an hour later, felt some pain and took some Tylenol which relieved it. There was very little scarring and you would not be able to see it unless I pointed it out.
Went back to work in 2 days and then off to New York on a buying trip. Was on my feet for many hours and felt no pain. That was wonderful for me as I loved my job and did not want to leave it because of this problem. My boss was very pleased and I went on to work for this company for the next 15 years on my feet many times over. It was nice to be able to run and play with my kids for a long time like I used to as well. Went and played tennis the following weekend and such a good feeling!!