Medical Negligence and Surgery for Varicose Veins

Do you think that you might have been a victim of medical negligence during a varicose vein procedure? If so, what are your legal entitlements and what options are there?

What is a Varicose Vein?

A varicose vein is a medical condition caused by a vein becoming weaker. This allows blood to flow back up the vein and can cause a build-up of blood. Our body’s muscle and blood system usually makes sure that blood flows round our body in one way only, but a weakness in the vein stops this happening. Not all cases of varicose veins need surgery, but if a patient starts to experience other complications such as swelling, pain, ulcers or discomfort, an operation may be recommended.

The leg is the most common part of the body in which to find varicose veins. The veins may appear swollen, discoloured, twisted and distended. Suffering from varicose veins can also lead to swollen feet or ankles, or cramps in the muscles. Prompt treatment of varicose veins is required as leaving them untreated can be detrimental to the health of you or a loved one.

Surgery for Varicose Veins

Having an operation to treat varicose veins is common, and in most cases will be relatively uncomplicated. However, occasionally errors can be made during an operation which can have a serious impact on the patient’s health. If the mistakes made are serious enough to be classed as medical negligence, then the patient may not only be claim for compensation, but also for the costs of any corrective surgery which might be needed.

What Constitutes Medical Negligence in Varicose Vein Surgery?

Any surgery which does not come up to acceptable standards can be classed as medical negligence. Some of the more common complications of surgery for varicose veins include damage to the veins themselves or nerve damage in the immediate area, which causes problems with walking after the surgery. If this has happened to you, or a loved one, then it is vital that you get specialist legal advice as soon as you can. Further surgery might be needed to repair damage to the vessels or nerves, and you may be eligible to claim compensation for medical negligence.

Other Surgical Errors and Varicose Veins

Not all cases of varicose veins need surgical treatment, only those which are causing the patient pain or discomfort. Sometimes though further treatment is recommended to deal with any complications, or for cosmetic reasons. Surgeons have to act with due diligence and the required skill when operating on varicose veins and if this does not happen, the following errors may occur:

  • Serious or permanent damage to nerves
  • Excessive scarring
  • Delays in treating post-operative infections

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