Working life: Professor Austin Leahy, vascular surgeon, Bon Secours and Beacon Hospitals

I get by on about five hours’ sleep so I’m awake at the dawn, enough time to squeeze in a read, a few yoga stretches and coffee, before hitting the road at 7am.

Working life: Professor Austin Leahy, vascular surgeon, Bon Secours and Beacon Hospitals

6am

I get by on about five hours’ sleep so I’m awake at the dawn, enough time to squeeze in a read, a few yoga stretches and coffee, before hitting the road at 7am.

My adult sons, Eoghan and Donagh, no longer live at home, so Fiona, my wife, is the only one I have to worry about disturbing.

7.30am

I head for either the Bon Secours in Glasnevin or the Beacon in Sandyford where I’m in operating theatres two days a week. I treat varicose veins using a minimally invasive procedure. The days of cutting, stripping and sewing are long gone. I use lasers, minimally invasive day-case surgery, and most patients return to work two days later.

11am

I also run one-stop outpatient clinics where patients can have all tests, including ultrasound performed, be examined and have a treatment plan agreed — all within one hour. I answer their questions and we discuss whether their varicose veins can be treated by injections, or whether they need surgery. They leave the clinic armed with a booklet I’ve written about varicose veins and I direct them to the website www.veinclinicsofireland where they can see what the procedure will involve.

1pm

I eat salad for lunch. I limit my calorie intake by day but tend to go crazy in the evening.

2pm

Outside of clinics and theatre, I do a number of minor procedures such as injecting varicose veins on the surface of legs which improves the vein cosmetically and prevents progression of venous disease in about 25% of people. It’s a walk in/walk out procedure known as sclerotherapy and works well for eliminating spider veins.

My patients can be divided into two categories: people in their 20s and 30s, principally young women, driven by cosmetic concerns, and the over 50s, mainly men, who have ignored skin changes caused by varicose veins, which can ultimately lead to venous ulcers.

4pm

We get a lot of online enquiries. I devote some of the afternoon to running the website. If I have in-patients, I carry out a ward round before heading home.

7pm

I play tennis three times a week, and I also enjoy playing guitar and going to music festivals, or escaping with Fiona to our holiday home in Ballydavid, Co Kerry.

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