Very often, surgeons are not given the respect they deserve. They are expected to be on their feet for several hours at any one time and, while this may seem easy to the professional surgeon, it is only later on down the line that the true cost has to be counted.
We’re talking about varicose veins. One of our surgeons was due to fly out to the Philippines with the mobile surgery three weeks ago to hold an ENT clinic and perform minor operations where possible. Unfortunately, he is now on the other side of the door, so to speak, as he receives treatment for his varicose veins.
Varicose Veins Target Anyone
To the uneducated, varicose veins probably don’t seem that bad. After all, they are just a series of veins that are showing on the skin aren’t they? If you have never suffered, you have no idea how painful varicose veins can be.
For this man, the fact that he is on his feet all day is probably the major cause on his veins and, although he had been complaining of a little pain, we suspect he kept quiet about it because he didn’t want to let his patients down.
Most varicose vein sufferers are the same and, indeed, many refuse to seek treatment until it’s too late. Our surgeon finally gave in when the pain became too bad and went for his own consultation. He will undergo undergo a phlebectomy in a week in Springfield, MA at this excellent clinic, and will hopefully be back on his feet in no time at all, heading back out to the Philippines for us.
How varicose Veins Affect You
While varicose veins may start out as inconsequential looking blue lines on your leg, they can soon become twisted, swollen and ropy, causing a great deal of pain. They are caused by changes to your circulation and are normally as a result of sitting or standing in one position for too long – as our surgeons do.
Because standing for too long can cause a change in blood flow, blood starts to settle in specific areas instead of being pushed back to the heart – this is where the blue/purple color comes from. This causes more pressure, which pushes on the vein, causing it to swell and become painful.
ENT Surgery and Varicose Veins
Any type of surgery has the propensity to cause problems with existing varicose veins, especially if they are on deep veins. One thing we watch out for when we operate on ENT patients with varicose veins is the formation of a DVT – deep vein thrombosis.
The reason this may occur is because, while the patient is under anaesthetic, the legs are still, almost dead, which means circulation is a little sluggish. DVT’s are dangerous and can kill which is why we keep a special eye on varicose veins when we operate.
Everybody should keep watch over their own legs and, as soon as the tell take signs appear, contact their doctor and arrange for something to be done about it. Most surgeries are simple, carried out in professional clinics, like this one that offers sclerotherapy in Santa Clara County. Don’t leave things too late and wind up in pain as our surgeon did.