"I hadn't worn shorts in 20 years."
Denis Nadirov got his first varicose veins when he was only 10. The first doctor he saw told him he had seen only one case as severe - on a 70-year-old.
"I hadn't worn shorts in 20 years," said Denis. "I hate the questions, 'What's wrong with your legs?' and 'Does it hurt?' It was quite a challenge to show my legs, period."
A hereditary condition, Denis had watched his father, grandfather and aunt battle this serious ailment in his home country of Kazakhstan - and undergo very extensive and painful procedures to cure it. When the opportunity arose, Denis decided to undergo surgery with Dr. Paul Dally, who specializes in the treatment of vein disorders using minimally invasive techniques at PeaceHealth Medical Group Surgery.
His, indeed, was a severe case. Denis had ulcers on his feet and any tiny wound he got on his legs wouldn't heal for months. Over the period of a year, Denis underwent four surgeries, all outpatient. "The biggest surprise," he said, "was the recovery."
After the first surgery, where Dr. Dally closed up the leaking valve in one leg, Denis felt - and looked - noticeably better. After each surgery, Denis walked out of the hospital. He felt little pain from the procedures and was back to his daily routine within just a few days.
"Dr. Dally must be doing something really right because I could barely fit into his schedule. I researched him and found a line of people trying to get in to see him," Denis said. "I felt very confident with him. He told me, 'I think we can help you and you will feel light years better.'"
His legs, he said, simply feel lighter. In addition to the veins disappearing, Denis has had almost no scarring from the procedures. And his ulcers went away within a couple of months after the first surgery.
"I would day or night recommend to anyone to have this done, even if it's not a physical problem yet. Varicose veins don't get better," he said. "After the surgery, you think better, you feel better. It's good for your general health."