Varicose vein surgery€479–€1960
Varicose vein surgery with the removal of the great saphenous vein is a surgical procedure to treat varicose veins of legs. To remove the main trunk of the great saphenous vein, the major superficial vein of the leg, only two small skin incisions are made (in the groin and near the ankle bone). The branches of the vein are removed through small skin incisions or even through pinhole incisions that do not require suturing. The operation is performed under general or spinal anesthesia. Varicose veins are caused by chronic connective tissue weakness, therefore, to avoid the appearance of new varicose veins, it is necessary to continue using compression stockings after the operation.
Sclerotherapy for varicose veins€46–€1630
Sclerotherapy for varicose veins is a procedure to treat varicose veins that lasts about 20–50 minutes. It can be done on an outpatient basis and the recovery is quick. During the procedure, sclerosing (i.e. constricting or narrowing) substance is injected in the enlarged veins and capillaries. Sclerotherapy is not suitable for treating large varices! Before sclerotherapy it is advisable to consult a doctor and perform an ultrasound examination. Varicose veins are caused by chronic connective tissue weakness, therefore, to avoid the appearance of new varicose veins, it is necessary to continue using compression stockings after the treatment procedure.
Benign tumor removal
Skin mole removal€60–€407
Skin mole removal is a quick and simple surgical procedure, performed under local anesthesia. Anesthetic injections are the most painful part of the procedure. Once the area is completely numb, the mole is cut off with a scalpel and the wound sutured. Usually the removed mole is sent for biopsy (tissue analysis) to exclude malignancy.
Weight loss surgery (gastric bypass surgery)€3371–€9500
Gastric bypass surgery is one of the methods of bariatric or weight loss surgery. It is a laparoscopic procedure whereby small abdominal skin incisions are made to insert special instruments and a laparoscope with a camera in the abdominal cavity. During the procedure, the stomach is surgically cut and stapled into a small upper pouch and a large lower section. The middle part of the small intestine (jejunum) is also cut through. Once divided, the lower part of the jejunum is pulled up and connected directly to the new small upper pouch. The other end (coming from the lower part of the stomach) is sewn back at a certain point further down the small intestine. After the procedure, food enters the “small stomach”, easily inducing the feeling of fullness, and then travels directly into the jejunum, “bypassing” the upper part of the small intestine. The only remaining task of the “large stomach” is to produce digestive enzymes for the small intestine.
Weight loss surgery (gastric sleeve surgery)€3371–€9500
Gastric sleeve surgery, also called longitudinal resection of the stomach, is one of the methods of bariatric or weight loss surgery. It is a laparoscopic procedure whereby small abdominal skin incisions are made to insert special instruments and a laparoscope with a camera in the abdominal cavity. Most of the stomach is removed with the laparoscope and the rest of the stomach is closed longitudinally with a surgical stapler. The remaining stomach reminds of a small tube or sleeve, hence the name of the procedure: gastric sleeve. By this method the volume of the stomach is reduced by approximately 80%, which leads to earlier satiety (feeling of fullness) and thus helps to eat less.
General surgeon’s consultation€14–€70
A general surgeon usually specializes in abdominal surgery, but performs other operations as well. During the first appointment, surgical treatment is usually not performed. First, the general surgeon examines and consults the patient, and prescribes additional tests or analyses. A timely consultation with a general surgeon, accurate diagnosis and early treatment help to avoid developing severe complications.