I had surgery to the long saphenous veins to eliminate varicosities in both legs under local anaesthetic. I left hospital within two hours of surgery. My recovery has been uneventful with respect to this operation. I have had no pain as such but only discomfort over a period of two to three weeks. I did not need to take any anti-inflammatory or analgesic drugs. Within a couple of days of surgery, I was out and about with my movement only limited by bandages and tenderness in some areas. This is despite having surgery to both legs.
I am perhaps fortunate to have access to the Internet which allowed me both to understand the surgery, the different treatments and also look at the profiles of Consultant Vascular Surgeons in my region. Having prior knowledge of other patient experiences and being able to develop a sensible list of questions for myself/ the Surgeon is very important in my opinion. It tends to eliminate any 'surprises ' and gives me 'peace of mind '. Equally important on the Internet is the ability to read about a Consultant/ Surgeon. I want to know their background, experience, age group and even hobbies, etc, together with a picture, if possible. This is important, in my opinion, in helping to build up confidence and even an eventual rapport. I was very happy to proceed with Mr Chandrasekar and believe he was the right person for me. On meeting him, I was reassured by his response to my questions and he explained the procedure in great detail.
Once again, my thanks to Mr Chandrasekar and associated staff. It certainly pays as a patient to do your research so you can make the best choice you can, especially at my tender age of 65!
Although apprehensive about surgery I had a consultation with Mr Chandrasekar at Spire. Within 5 minutes of speaking to Mr Chandrasekar I found myself completely relaxed and any of my initial anxiety had dissipated away. I was given an ultrasound scan of both legs and a full yet simple explanation of the problem, the options open to me and the likely success rate for a great outcome. I opted on Mr Chandrasekar's advice to have laser treatment by local anaesthetic. On the day of my arrival for surgery I was visited again on the pre op ward by Mr Chandrasekar who again in a calm and simple manner went through the procedure once more. My time in theatre passed really quickly and I was constantly reassured by both consultant and theatre team of how well things were going.
Within 2 weeks of the operation there was a marked improvement in both the feeling and the appearance of the leg and following post op follow up with Mr Chandrasekar and a further scan to clarify success of op I had fully recovered with great results.
Mr Chandrasekar is professional, knowledgeable, and obviously extremely experienced in laser treatment of varicose veins