Carlos Moura Explains Varicose Veins Surgery at SIC Channe

Carlos Moura, Hospital da Luz Lisboa vascular surgeon, participated in the TV show “Dr. Saúde”, at SIC channel, presented by general practitioner Pedro Ramos, where he clarified a few “myths and truths” on varicose veins surgery.

Varicose veins – enlarged and visible veins under the skin – are a chronic venous disease, that affects 40% of the female population and 25% of males. They must be treated for they can be dangerous, as Carlos Moura explained along his intervention in the TV show, broadcasted last April 26: “When we talk about varicose veins, we talk about the risk of thrombophlebitis and ulcers, that are hard to treat”.

As to varicose veins surgery, the specialist in angiology explained that this is a “relatively simple” procedure, in comparison to others: “Every surgery has risks, which in this kind of surgery are reducing, for the patient recovers mobility quite fast. That is to say, the patient is submitted to surgery, he is treated and discharged, and the day after he is back to work.

Formerly, there was the wrong concept that the operated patient needed to stay in absolute rest, which caused post-operative complications”.

Carlos Moura, who also practices at Hospital da Luz Oeiras and is the coordinator of the Angiology and Vascular Surgery Centre from Hospital da Luz Setúbal, elucidated other questions such as how varicose veins appear and if they reappear after surgery.