Varicose Vein Surgery Medical Negligence

Varicose veins can be suffered by both men and women of all ages. They are caused by a weakening of the veins in the legs which, in turn, causes the veins to become enlarged beneath the skin and more visible. Usually the occurrence of varicose veins causes distress to the sufferer only from a cosmetic point of view (the sufferer may feel they are unsightly and this may have an effect on their confidence about their general appearance), however, they can also cause itching, soreness, cramps and aches. Varicose veins do not, unfortunately, get better of their own accord and the only way to successfully treat them is with surgery.

There are different types of surgery available for treating varicose veins, however, the three most common methods are ligation and stripping, laser surgery and phlebectomy. Ligation and stripping is carried out under general anaesthetic and involves the faulty veins being completely removed by the surgeon. Laser surgery can be carried out under local anaesthetic and involves the wall of the vein being heated, destroyed and then absorbed into the body. Phlebectomy is a procedure carried out to treat smaller, surface veins which are, again, completely removed from the body.

As with all surgery, varicose vein surgery carries a risk of complications. Even when the procedure is carried out exactly as it should be, complications can still arise without there having been any act or omission of medical negligence on the part of the treating surgeon that caused these risks. However, this is not always the case. In some instances, surgery is performed incorrectly, inadequately or unnecessarily. This can lead to nerve of vessel damage which can cause a significant amount of pain and immobility and is likely to be permanent.

In order to make a successful claim for medical negligence compensation arising from varicose vein surgery, you must be able to prove that you have sustained pain, discomfort and complications that have arisen due to the negligence of the medical professional treating you and not just because of the inherent risk of surgery. To establish whether negligence has occurred it is likely that you will be assessed by an independent surgeon who will be able to assess you and determine whether your suffering has in fact been caused by an act of negligence of the part of the surgeon who carried out the surgery.

If you think that you may have a claim for medical negligence following varicose vein surgery, you should contact an expert medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible to find out whether you may have a claim.

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