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What Can I Expect After My Varicose Vein Procedure?

Recovery after varicose vein operation

Recovery After Varicose Vein Operation

Congratulations on making the decision to seek treatment for your varicose veins! If your condition is advanced, it could be affecting the great saphenous vein (GSV). This will result in bulging and twisting of the veins. More superficial cases like spider veins can still hurt your confidence, making it harder to wear shorts or dresses. Your procedure will get rid of the veins causing issues for you. You will be back to your normal self in no time!

Around 40 million Americans suffer from varicose veins (according to the Society for Vascular Surgery). Most of them are women.

In years past, treatment required a hospital stay and an invasive, complex procedure called vein stripping. This required by several weeks of recovery. Recent innovations allow for safe, effective, and minimally invasive procedures. Most of these procedures happen on an outpatient level. Patients return home hours later and experience minimal pains and downtime.

Examples of these procedures include endovenous laser ablation, ambulatory phlebectomy, and sclerotherapy.

How Long is it Going to Take to Recover from a Varicose Vein Treatment?

It depends on the procedure you and your doctor choose, but not as long as you might think! Postoperative care minimizes side effects and reduces risk of complication.
Every doctor is different and their recommendations vary. Follow the suggestions of your physician!
Here are the three most popular treatments for varicose veins as well as aftercare for each:

EndoVenous Laser Treatment Aftercare:

also known as EVLT. This brief, 45-minute office procedure requires only a local anesthetic. Your doctor will use an ultrasound to guide a laser fiber through your saphenous vein, releasing a burst of high-energy heat that causes the vein to contract and seal shut. This treatment has a 93 – 100 percent success rate. Vein Institute of Utah utilizes a 1470nm endovenous laser, one of the most advanced lasers available for modern varicose vein treatments. There is significantly less bruising and pain, which means you can return to normal activities sooner and with less recovery complications.

You will put on class II compression stockings (30-40 mmHg) immediately after the procedure and wear them for up to two weeks. The hose speed healing time and help relieve any pain you might experience. You probably won’t wear them at night or during exercise, but confirm this with your doctor.

You might feel some discomfort, tenderness, or pulling in the inner thigh or groin area where the vein was closed. Use over-the-counter NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, as needed. Slight bruising may occur.

Gentle walking on flat surfaces for at least one to two hours daily for one to two weeks is very important to prevent the formation of blood clots in the deep veins of the legs. Try to get out twice a day, if even for short walks. It’s important not to sit or stand still for long periods. Elevate your legs above your heart for 15 minutes at least twice a day to alleviate swelling and bruising.

Avoid hot baths, saunas, running, heavy lifting, and straining for up to two weeks. Be sure to consult with your doctor about airplane travel after treatment.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy Recovery:

s another minor surgical procedure requiring only a local anesthetic? Your doctor makes tiny incisions in the skin and pulls the veins out through the openings. This procedure takes about 60 minutes, and you can typically return to work the same or next day. As with laser ablation, you will wear your compression hose immediately after treatment. Phlebectomy is often used in conjunction with endovenous laser treatment. You might experience slight pain or bruising, but you should be able to drive yourself home and return to work and light activities that same day.

Sclerotherapy Recovery:

(endovenous chemical ablation) is used as either a medically necessary follow-up treatment after laser ablation in patients with large varicose veins, or as a cosmetic procedure for superficial spider veins. A solution is injected into the vein through a fine needle, causing the vein to collapse and be reabsorbed by the body. Treatments are fast, painless, and usually scheduled in several sessions over the course of months to provide the best results.

Remember to bring your compression hose to your appointments! You’ll probably wear them during the day for the week following your treatments. Hot baths, saunas, and direct sunlight on your legs are not advised for two weeks following your treatments.

Your Utah Varicose Vein Treatment Follow-Up Appointment

Your doctor will see you shortly after your procedure to assess the effectiveness and healing. An ultrasound will show if the vein has closed successfully.

Our patients have enjoyed great results from these minimally invasive procedures performed by Dr. Hadjbian in the comfort of The Vein Institute of Utah’s office. You don’t have to endure another day with bulging, unsightly, or painful varicose veins. Set up your consultation today with The Vein Institute of Utah by calling (801) 386-5903, or schedule an appointment online right now.

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