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Old 05-12-08, 10:31 AM
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Anyone ever have a vein removed?

I'm having a vein removed on Thursday. Two of them, actually. Heck, they aren't being removed, they're actually being cauterized (one in each thigh). I have some painful veins, and the theory is that if I take away these two troubling ones, other veins will take over and do a better job.

After I get that done, I get to go back and have a really nasty vein taken out of my calf.

For both surgeries, I need to wear those support stockings for a month. Knee high or thigh high "socks" that contrict your leg and keep things flowing nicely in there.

Anyone done this? Any advice? Words of warning?
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No gross.
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No, but that sounds horrible. I'm sorry.
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TEDS....pretty common.

Here is some info I googled: http://www.healthylegs.com/trabteandans.html
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The compression stockings suck. I hate 'em. And I have to wear 'em all day, except for showers.

I guess it's good to get it out of the way now, but I'm ready for summer, and I'm not going to be wearing shorts with knee high stockings on.
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Originally Posted by dieinafire
No, but that sounds horrible. I'm sorry.
You have no idea. I'm so not looking forward to it. I mean, they're going to stick a tube up my thigh, heat the tip, and pull it out slowly, closing/cauterizing the vein as the tube is pulled out. Apparently, the blood that normally gets channelled through that vein will be sent through another vein. At least, that's the hope. I keep picturing blood just flowing all over inside my thigh instead.

Luckily, I'll be on valium. That's something.
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Originally Posted by bishop2knight
For both surgeries, I need to wear those support stockings for a month. Knee high or thigh high "socks" that contrict your leg and keep things flowing nicely in there.
Yeah, my grandmother wore those. They really work.
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
Yeah, my grandmother wore those. They really work.
Yeah, but he's not wearing them to be sexy.
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You saying my grandmother isn't sexy?
Old 05-13-08, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
Yeah, but he's not wearing them to be sexy.
Oh man, I hadn't thought of that. I have to wear these things pretty much 24 hours a day. How's the going to fit into the whole nookie thing? Good grief. The hits just keep on coming.
Old 05-13-08, 09:22 AM
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If I were you, I'd look into tattoo removal first. That would be much more help in the nookie situation.
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Originally Posted by antennaball
If I were you, I'd look into tattoo removal first. That would be much more help in the nookie situation.


My growing waistline and receding hair line don't help either.
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bright side: at least it's not on your dick.
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http://www.veinclinics.com/
Vein stripping, very common.
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Man, your new boss really is teh suck! Time to start looking for a new job! There is no reason you have to put up with this!!!
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Originally Posted by Mankal
http://www.veinclinics.com/
Vein stripping, very common.
so theoretically, there could be a vein clinic out there called "the strip club"???
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Originally Posted by rehmus
so theoretically, there could be a vein clinic out there called "the strip club"???
Exactly, but would you rather have your vein stripped or your wallet?
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Originally Posted by Mankal
Exactly, but would you rather have your vein stripped or your wallet?
Can't I have both? Actually, the doctor isn't bad looking for an older woman. And I will be wearing one of those sexy hospital gowns...
Old 05-19-08, 11:33 AM
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So yeah, that sucked.

I had the procedure done Thursday. The room was as cold as possible and I was stripped down to just a hospital gown, which they slid up over my waist after I lay on the table. So yeah, I was laying there essentially naked, which was a real treat. Sure, they had a towel over my goods, but after they raised and lowered my legs to paint them with the coldest fluid known to man, I was never too certain that my shrunken fun tower wasn’t visible to all.

They then tilted the table so my toes were higher then my head and started pricking me with needles and shooting me with some sort of numbing solution. The medicine obviously wasn’t too strong because when they inserted the catheters into each leg, it hurt like a mother. Of course, that’s when I realized the Valium hadn’t kicked in yet, either. Joy.

For the next hour or so, they would prick me with a shot to numb a spot in my leg and push the needle further into my vein until it was all the way to my crotch. Yes, my crotch. Good times. That’s when the fun started and they heated the tip of that needle in my vein and slowly pulled it out. Anytime I could feel the heat, I’d shout, “Hot. Hot. I feel that.” And then my reward was another needle prick of “numbing” solution. Lucky for me, that only happened 8 or 9 times. And the Valium kicked in before they started the second leg, so that one went a little smoother and I only noticed pain from the heat 5 or 6 times.

After three days on my back or walking slowly around the neighborhood, I’m finally at work again (not much of a consolation prize, let me tell you). I’m wearing those super sexy knee-high compression socks, and an ace bandage is wrapped tightly around each thigh. My legs are bruised and swollen and itch like mad. Plus, they’re sweating because the bandages are so hot.

But you know what? The procedure seems to have worked, so for me, it was all worth it.

Now I just have to take it easy for a month with my legs wrapped and it’s back to normal.
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How did you determine that the viens were causing the pain.

I always thought they would remove them like spagehtti.
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Originally Posted by ElementZ
How did you determine that the viens were causing the pain.

I always thought they would remove them like spagehtti.
They did that 5 years ago, but it didn't solve the problem. So a new doctor went in, looked closer at the veins in my whole leg (they used ultrasound equipment), found one that wasn't working in my vein. This one was causing the problems in my calf.

Basically, the thigh vein wasn't working, and the blood was pooling in my calf because it couldn't go back up. Now, the veins closed so the veins in my calf don't have the option of using it. Instead, they are forced to use veins that actually work.

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