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Reducing pain of varicose vein surgery

by – January 31, 2015

Reducing pain of varicose vein surgery has been a priority of The Whiteley Clinic.

This latest research studied how pain and anxiety can be reduced under local anaesthetic varicose vein surgery. This sort of surgery is also called “keyhole” or endovenous surgery for varicose veins.

Reducing pain of varicose vein surgery - Research from The Whiteley Clinic and University of Surrey

Reducing pain of varicose vein surgery – Research from The Whiteley Clinic and University of Surrey

The research showed that both:

  • one-to-one talking with a specific nurse
  • using a stress ball

both significantly reduced the pain and anxiety of the varicose vein surgery.

Interesting, watching a DVD during the surgery reduced the anxiety, but not the pain of varicose vein surgery. Listening to music had no effect.

The Project “Reducing Pain of Varicose Vein Surgery”

This study is part of the continuing research program that makes treatment at The Whiteley Clinic unique.

This project was funded by The Whiteley Clinic and was performed at our The Whiteley Clinic, Guildford.

The researcher, Briony Hudson, was supervised by Prof Jane Ogden at The University of Surrey and Prof Mark Whiteley. Her work has been submitted to the University of Surrey and she was awarded her PhD in Autumn 2014.

The work is going to be published:

  • Hudson BF, Ogden J, Whiteley MS. Randomised Controlled Trial to Compare the Effect of Simple Distraction Interventions on Pain and Anxiety Experienced During Conscious Surgery. European Journal of Pain. 2015.

See link: http://www.medicaldaily.com/how-reduce-anxiety-and-pain-during-surgery-small-talk-and-stress-balls-320176

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