Operations in the winter

Many people prefer to operate on the skin and veins in the winter, even in case of uncomplicated inguinal hernias, gallstones or hemorrhoids many people would rather take a break in the hospital in the cold season. Of course, a plannable operation today is not only intended to fit into the diary, but often also shows the personal preference of the surgical candidate for the season.

Benefits of an operation in winter

Many patients choose winter to remove their gallbladder, inguinal hernia, varicose veins or hemorrhoids. The reasons are, on the one hand, not to miss the few beautiful days of the year that one offers the summer, on the other hand, one has the idea that wounds in the heat and under sweat attacks close worse and more likely to cause inflammation. Although this is not the case in our latitudes, from a medical point of view, winter has some advantages - at least for some operations such as skin or vein surgery, general skin examinations and elderly patients with cardiovascular problems.

An American study showed that laser treatments on the cornea of ​​the eye were more successful in winter: the patients had to be treated much less frequently. The reason for this was that the dry winter climate had a direct effect on the condition of the cornea and the lasers could work better with the "winter cornea". Correction of the lasers led to a harmonization of the operating results of summer and winter.

Skin heals better without sun exposure

Age spots, small warts or a blood sponge (angioma) on the face, on the décolleté or on the hands are removed by a dermatologist with a laser. Usually only one treatment is needed, angioma may require several sessions before it disappears. The laser treatment results in a superficial wound of the uppermost layer of the skin, which heals without scarring. A perfect wound healing is supported by not exposing the treated skin to the sun: otherwise, a stronger pigmentation of the newly formed skin threatens.

Since the sun's rays are generally less intense in winter, it is advisable to have these smaller skin surgeries carried out between December and February. In addition, you can help your skin with a good sunscreen cream on the exposed skin. Likewise, an acne treatment is used; There, however, other methods are used in addition to the laser.

Time for a skin check

Since the skin is usually much less tanned in winter than in summer, moles and skin changes are better off the skin and can be easily assessed by the dermatologist. Make an appointment with your dermatologist - so then start the summer with peace of mind.

Wrap veins is easier now

Autumn and winter are the classic times for venous surgery. The same applies to treatments such as:

  • obliteration
  • injections
  • laser therapy
  • Radio wave therapy

After treatment, the legs are either wrapped tightly or stocked with compression stockings for several weeks. Both can be better hidden in the winter under a long pants - and you sweat less with this involuntary pantyhose replacement, when it is cold outside.

No circulatory worries in winter

Especially elderly patients with a compromised cardiovascular system, such as a coronary heart disease or high blood pressure, make the hot summer temperatures to create. At the thought of exposing themselves to an additional physical effort, which represents every operation, they become afraid and anxious.

The fact that weather constellations can have a positive as well as a negative effect on treatment is easy to understand and makes understandable why older people prefer surgery in winter.

Plan surgery

Ask your doctor if the operation planned for you can be postponed until autumn or winter. Make an appointment with the appropriate institution in good time; If you report in the winter, you may not be considered. For skin treatments, it is high time now, because from April, the sunlight increases again and the skin takes several weeks, until it is completely healed.

If you can not defer a voter intervention until the next winter, console yourself with the fact that hospitals are now well air-conditioned even in the summer months, you do not need to sweat there excessively and that the rapid correction of your needing treatment the likelihood of unforeseen Complication decreases sharply.

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