Last month I swapped my surgical gloves for the treatment couch. It was time to have my own veins treated. In this blog, I share the video of that treatment: why I had them treated, what option I chose and how the treatment was actually done.
I’ve had superficial vein reflux in both legs for over 12 years, or at least that’s how long I know I’ve had this condition. For all I know, I might have had it much longer. I became aware of the problem during a routine duplex ultrasound scan. I didn’t have any symptoms nor any varicose veins to see, but as the years passed, the ache, throbbing and swelling began to bother me. Initially, I could manage very well with medical socks – graduated compression hosiery that came to up to my knees. Finally, last year, the knobbly varicose veins started to appear. That’s when my wife insisted that I had something done.
So I agreed that the the time had come to take some of my own medicine. Of course, I couldn’t do the procedure myself but I had worked with Robin Windhaber at the VeinCare Centre in Dorset for nearly 2 years. I knew he would look after me! Like anyone considering having vein treatment I needed to be reassured that my surgeon is skilled and competent, that he would have my comfort and safety as top considerations and that the clinic and its staff would look after me. With “inside knowledge”, I had complete confidence in Robin, Pam and Gaynor at The Melbury Clinic.
My refluxing veins were suitable for treatment by either VenaSeal, Radiofrequency Ablation or Laser. I do not have a needle-phobia, I don’t mind wearing compression stockings afterwards and I was happy to be driven home. So I didn’t feel that VenaSeal was necessarily my first choice. I had no preference between laser and radiofrequency and by chance the Venefit Generator was away being serviced on the day Robin was available, so Laser it was!
Here’s what happened. My procedure was filmed and you can watch the actual treatment being done.
It’s early days (my veins were treated on 14th March, just over 3 weeks ago) but already my legs look and feel so much better.