In the summer, ailments very often reported are swelling of the lower extremities, a feeling of heaviness and fatigue in the legs, and in advanced forms of the disease, a tendency to skin discoloration and chronic wounds – including we talk about this with a general surgery specialist, vascular surgery specialist, Dr. Michał Rączek.
At the end of February this year, you joined the Plus Med team, what do you do there?
I have just started working at Plus Med from consultation and qualification visits to general and vascular surgery procedures, specified in the facility’s offer.
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At the moment we’re talking, we’re dealing with the COVID-19 epidemic. What treatments do you perform in this situation?
Cooperation with Plus Med has been postponed for several months due to circumstances related to the ongoing pandemic. In view of the difficulty to predict the pace of epidemic development, it was reasonable to temporarily limit non-clinical medical activities in accordance with WHO recommendations. At present, the tightening of microbiological safety procedures, growing public awareness and verification of constantly flowing medical reports allow for gaining control over the routes of infection and safe performing of treatments in Plus Med.
What cases do patients report now most often?
It is summer time. This is not a favorite period for people experiencing the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency. Very common complaints are chronic swelling of the lower limbs, a feeling of heaviness and tiredness in the legs, and in advanced forms of the disease, a tendency to skin discoloration and chronic wounds.
It is also a time when patients more than ever pay attention to the aesthetics of exposed body parts and consider the possibility of eliminating embarrassing defects within the superficial venous system (mainly varicose veins and spider veins).
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The summer heat period is not the optimal time to perform all minimally invasive surgery procedures. It is worth, however, to have a consultative visit during this time and to plan any surgical treatment for the autumn and winter period.
How should patients prepare for the visit?
The consultation visit does not require any special preparation, except for meeting procedures in connection with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, i.e. maintaining social distance, wearing a mask covering the nose and mouth, disinfecting hands before and after contact with surfaces in public places.The obvious necessity is to inform the facility staff about every case of the possibility of contact with patients with COVID-19 or its surroundings.
Please call or reschedule your visit by phone in case of respiratory tract infection symptoms or symptoms such as weakness, general breakdown, muscle aches, runny nose, cough, etc.
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Patients should report for a minimum of 6 hours after the last meal. They should also not drink liquids within 2 hours before surgery.
Thank you for the interview.