Before going ahead with varicose vein surgery, there are certain questions you should ask. If in doubt, consider getting a second opinion.
Make sure you fully understand the procedure; don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s important your doctor explains the common risks and benefits, as well as those particular to you. Knowing all the relevant information is part of informed clinical consent.
Questions for your surgeon
- Are there alternatives to this procedure?
- What if I’m pregnant, trying to fall pregnant or breast feeding?
- Do I need the procedure now or can it wait?
- What are the likely consequences if I delay it?
- What are the likely out-of-pocket medical expenses? (Your doctor should be able to give you a breakdown of any costs you’ll incur – this is known as ‘Informed Financial Consent’) Learn about the costs
- Will there be an additional fee for an assistant? If so, what will it be?
- How should I prepare for my procedure?
- Will there be an additional fee for the anaesthetist? If so, what will it be?
- Can I meet with my anaesthetist before the procedure?
- What sort of sedation or anaesthesia will I have?
- What happens during and after the procedure?
- What happens if I experience pain during the procedure?
- Will I need someone to take me home?
- How many varicose vein surgeries do you perform each year?
- What percentage of your patients are satisfied with the results of the varicose vein surgeries you perform?
- How many of your patients need a repeat procedure?
- What’s your complication rate for this procedure?
- Will I have to wear compression stockings? If so, for how long — and where do I get them?
- How soon can I drive, go back to work or travel?
- Are there restrictions on what activities I can do?
- Follow-up appointments (Write down any questions or concerns you want to discuss with your surgeon).
Tell your doctor if you have any skin lesions, sores, cuts, a raised temperature or signs of a urinary tract infection, as they’ll need to be treated before your procedure.
Most medication should be taken as usual, but some may interfere with your procedure. Your doctor will let you know which medication (if any) you should stop, and when to stop taking it. Don’t forget to mention any complementary or herbal remedies you’re taking, as these can have interactions and side effects too.
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